With the Old Breed

The World War 2 Pacific Classic, by Eugene Sledge

With the Old Breed,  Eugene Sledge

This 352 page book details the memoirs of Eugene Sledge in the US Marine Corps during World War 2. Title in stock and available for immediate dispatch.

 

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This was a brutish, primitive hatred, as characteristic of the horror of war in the Pacific as the palm trees and the islands...

 

Landing on the beach at Peleliu in 1944 as twenty-year-old new recruit to the US Marines, Eugene Sledge can only try desperately to survive. At Peleliu and Okinawa two of the fiercest and filthiest Pacific battles of WWII he witnesses the dehumanising brutality displayed by both sides and the animal hatred that each soldier has for his enemy.

 

Eugene Sledge & Image from Pelelui Invasion

 

During temporary lapses in the fighting, conditions on the islands mean that the Marines often can't wash, stay dry, dig latrines, or even find time to eat. Suffering from constant fear, fatigue, and filth, the struggle of simply living in a combat zone is utterly debilitating.

 

Yet despite horrendous conditions Sledge finds time to keep notes that he would later turn into a book. Described as one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war, With the Old Breed tells with compassion and honesty of the cruelty, bravery and deaths of the men he fought alongside, and of his own journey from patriotic innocence to battle-scarred veteran.

 

'Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary into terms we mortals can grasp.' Tom Hanks

 

With the Old Breed: At Pelelui and Okinawa.

 

With the Old Breed,  Eugene Sledge

 

Format: Hardcover

 

Pages: 416

 

Size: 21.5cm x 14cm x 4cm

 

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