With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa

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Oxford University Press, 1981 - History - 326 pages
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In his own book,Wartime, Paul Fussell calledWith the Old Breed"one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war." John Keegan referred to it inThe Second World Waras "one of the most arresting documents in war literature." And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he interviewed its author for his book,"The Good War."What has made E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion.
Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell,With the Old Breedpresents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923 and raised on riding, hunting, fishing, and a respect for history and legendary heroes such as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene Bondurant Sledge (later called "Sledgehammer" by his Marine Corps buddies) joined the Marines the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and from 1943 to 1946 endured the events recorded in this book. In those years, he passed, often painfully, from innocence to experience.
Sledge enlisted out of patriotism, idealism, and youthful courage, but once he landed on the beach at Peleliu, it was purely a struggle for survival. Based on the notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his New Testament, he simply and directly recalls those long months, mincing no words and sparing no pain. The reality of battle meant unbearable heat, deafening gunfire, unimaginable brutality and cruelty, the stench of death, and, above all, constant fear. Sledge still has nightmares about "the bloody, muddy month of May on Okinawa." But, as he also tellingly reveals, the bonds of friendship formed then will never be severed.
Sledge's honesty and compassion for the other marines, even complete strangers, sets him apart as a memoirist of war. Read as sobering history or as high adventure,With the Old Breedis a moving chronicle of action and courage.

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This might be the best memoir I've ever read. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, because war is very, very ugly, and Sledge doesn't sugarcoat it. The book follows him through training, then to the ... Read full review

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You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go. ~Sigrfried Sassoon William Tecumseh Sherman ... Read full review

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About the author (1981)

E.B. Sledge, who served in the First Marine Division in World War II, is now Professor of Biology at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.
Paul Fussell, Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of many books, includingThe Great War and Modern MemoryandWartime.

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