With the Old Breed PB

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With the Old Breed
E.B. Sledge
Okinawa Paperback
352 Pages

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division—3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.

Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill—and came to love—his fellow man.

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  • 5
    WwII Pacific Theatre

    Posted by Scott Ward on Nov 18th 2023

    My interest in this book revolved around my father who was a WWII Marine. He somehow survived the battle on Okinawa . I believe this was one of the books, Tom Hanks used for the screenplays of HBO's mini-series, "The Pacific". The author lived these events and it clearly shows the brutality of the pacific island invasions and the American sacrifices there. I highly reccomend this work.