In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and. In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed “one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war.” John Keegan referred to it in The Second. WITH THE OLD BREED At Peleliu and Okinawa By E.B. Sledge Illustrated. pages. Ballantine Books. $ Eugene Bondurant Sledge.

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Most history books are written at a general’s eye level, covering the fleets, the armies, the movement of troops across vast distances, major battles and their outcomes summarized in a few paragraphs. Sledgf talks about battle fatigue.

hhe The author is very literate, more so than myself by any reckoning, but he doesn’t have a style that makes it seem like it is being done by a professional writer. Along the way, he interposes his deeper thoughts.

Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War. He explains how Japanese soldiers who spoke Hhe tried to move in on their foxholes at night and how occasionally a buddy was mistakenly shot for an enemy. I had hoped that by sharing his pain a healing could take place. Want to Read saving….

View all 9 comments. Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell, With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. He doesn’t, and goes to find a medic, only for another Marine to walk into the hut and calmly shoot her.


But he laments more sledg those whose core runs toward tenderness and sensitivity.

I am so glad that I picked up this book and will appreciate that Eugene B. Sadly, he said yes. Also shows the fanaticism wihh the Japanese troops and provides essential back One of those books that everyone needs to read – not pleasant reading and full of horrific descriptions but we owe it to what these men went through to read their story.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

Anyone serious about military history should have a copy in their library. I’m a history buff, but not a military history buff. But reading this book one begins to realize that the Japanese had brfed intention of surrending.

It is a humble story of a Marine and his battle experiences, told without self censure and speaking to the awesome horror that is war. May 01, Lawyer rated it it slede amazing Shelves: Sparad i dina bevakningar.

With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa – Eugene Bondurant Sledge – Google Books

Finally, I called myself a damned coward and eventually fell asleep saying the Lord’s Prayer to myself. How hard it was brsed take a bath, for example. Lists with This Book. Aug 16, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: An appropriate read for Memorial Day weekend. Very personal and moving memoir of the horrors and fighting experienced during the Peleliu and Okinawa campaigns. He talks about officers they slefge and those they hated and feared.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge

Sledge’s account of other marines, even complete strangers, sets him apart as a memoirist of war. By his own account, Sledge began writing the memoir in”immediately after Peleliu while we were in rest camp on Pavuvu Island ” and continued working on it “as soon as I returned to civilian life” in His father, a physician, taught him to hunt and to describe his surroundings.


Eugene Sledge takes you with him every step of the way. Or imagine that you have to chase land crabs who would got into your shoes, boxes, bags, cots and whatnots.

With the Old Breed

War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste. But he also shows great disdain for fellow Marines who don’t show respect for the dead Japanese they come across, or his military superiors who make questionable ethical or strategic decisions. If you nreed eve I would give it six stars if I could. The reality of battle meant unbearable heat, deafening gunfire, unimaginable brutality and cruelty, the stench of death, and, tthe all, constant fear.

Afterwards, military historians generally were of the opinion that the Peleliu campaign was unnecessary – the Americans could have simply bypassed it and ignored the entrenched Japanese, who didn’t have much air power left to threaten them with anyway.