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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There is something very enlightening in the raw sentimentality of his accounts, and it is, much of the time, very moving, even when its not really trying to be.

With the Old Breed

This book is his memoir and I loved every single part of it. He believed it was God speaking to him, and like Private Ryan, decided this meant he had to make his life somehow worth his surviving.

Saving Lives From Dunkirk To Afghanistana splendid book about combat medics earlier this year and it was highly recommended. Their snipers will deliberately target men on stretchers and medical corpsmen, and Sledge describes finding the corpses of American Marines who’d had their penises cut slfdge and stuffed into their mouths.

Also shows the fanaticism of the Japanese troops and provides essential background to what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He did not know about the underground fortifications, and the shelling, for all the noise and destruction, which should have practically scoured the island of Japanese, in fact barely touched them.

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In the post-war years, the U. One of them was Haney, a gunnery sergeant, who was very Asiatic apparently with his antics won’t spoil them here – you tthe to read it yourself! While he does pay attention to the day to day grind of the war, he also breaks it up with incidents that in general, he considers to be either humorous or haunting. Sledge’s memoir hit every one of those questions– and then some.


He wrote “With the Old Breed” over a number of years, originally intending it to be a memoir to be read by his family. The memoir is based on notes Sledge kept tucked away in a pocket-sized Bible he carried with him during battles he fought breec Peleliu and Okinawa. Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it.

Overall, it was a compelling and informative account of life as soldier in some of the most brutal battles in WWII. And as a Christian I am adamantly opposed to civilian deaths.

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

This is why war should be avoided at all costs, and this is why no one man should ever be given the authority, with a flourish of his signature, to risk the lives of young men and women.

Sledge is so little an author in the pejorative sense that his eye seems never to wander from his subject to contemplate the literary effect he’s creating. A book that you just can’t put down. He does not analyze the causes of the war or why they were fighting, or evaluate the competence or planning of the general and admirals. Probably not right place to begin, but, more than anything, this book was the perfect companion to Leckie’s equally graphic, disturbing, compelling, shocking, gut-wrenching, and poignant, Helmet For My Pillow.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

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. We know, abstractly, that “a fierce and bloody two-month battle for Pelelieu” means thousands of troops spending months in hellish conditions fighting for their lives, a level of discomfort and fear few of us can imagine.

The toll on American soldiers, Japanese soldiers and Japanese civilians would have been astronomic if Eg had been forced to invade. He explains how Japanese soldiers who spoke English tried to move in on their foxholes at night and how occasionally a buddy was mistakenly shot for an enemy.


Occasionally he provides an overall view of the war, but it is primarily his memoir of day to day life, some routine, some in the middle of combat. I’m not sure if this was the best book to start expanding my knowledge from a strategic point of view but it is certainly a book I will not forget. All hail the men of the Marine Corp and Army infantry that fought that ghastly campaign. Just a bit of background, I have read quite a few books on WWII but they have been mostly historical, political or strategic in nature not memoirs.

Yet after having read With the Old Breed, I understand a little better why he was the way he was.

I like that he told stories about the land crabs and the now silliness of the war. Each time he claims a battle drive him closer to insanity than anything else in the entire war, you accept it, because at no point does Sledge appear to be glorifying or manipulating in his descriptions.

From the introduction by Paul Fussell One cause of this book’s distinction is that its author is not an author. Physical Discomfort Think about the worst discomfort brewd ever felt.

Sledge that he left us with this chronicle of spedge preparation for war, and his memories of the Battle at Peleliu and Okinawa. View all 5 comments. This book is different from other memoirs because of the detail.

Larger boys now sit glued before gaming devices doing essentially the same thing, complete wi 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. His family urged him to stay in school to qualify for a commission but he, like many others, felt that the war would end before he had a chance to enter combat overseas.