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With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (original 1981; edition 1990)

by E. B. Sledge

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A former member of the First Marine Division gives a front line description of two World War II Pacific campaigns.
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Title:With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa
Authors:E. B. Sledge
Info:Presidio Pr (1990), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 344 pages
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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E.B. Sledge (Author) (1981)

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WWII USMC
  kaki1 | Oct 1, 2021 |
After being stationed in Okinawa and (as of this writing) having served 23 years in the military, I found this book to be more telling in the subtle things the author writes about. The perceptions of his fellow Marines and the officers serving alongside them are a stark reminder into how important training during peacetime is. The writing itself is excellent. I believe every Soldier or Marine should read this book. ( )
  Cabiel | Jul 31, 2020 |
Non-fiction novels aren't big on my reading list despite war history being a major interest of mine in recent years.

This is certainly a stand out. Sledge's voice is honest and down to earth, as if you're right there with him as he tells it. ( )
  Nakeeya | Jun 29, 2020 |
E. B Sledge deftly handles two huge challenges in writing the first hand narrative of America’s two most costly battles.
First, he faces the challenge of conveying a vivid picture of combat, death and inhumanity while not present so grisly a picture that readers could not “stomach” the book.
Second, he faces the bigger challenge of honoring those who fought, especially those who sacrificed their lives, while not dwelling on how totally and completely unnecessary and even criminal the invasion of Peliliu really was.
There really are no words, no description and not even any cinematic presentations that can truly show the horrors of any war, and the war in the Pacific was far more brutal than most. Sledge rises to the challenge by describing in detail sufficient images to give the reader a feel for the total horror. The graphic descriptions of the few situations allows the readers to understand that things are even worse than what he is reading, yet allow him to continue reading the book.
Those who fought and even died on Peliliu did what their country asked them to do. Their willingness to face unimaginable, grueling and unrelenting horrors testifies to the courage, loyalty and dedication they had.
The planners of this engagement, those who ordered nearly 4000 young ment to die failed and perhaps even betrayed them. Peliliu was unnecessary bloodletting. It’s participants did the right thing for the wrong reason, yet they themselves were innocent of the blunder until years later.
The invasion of Peliliu was undertaken to protect the left flank of MacArthur when he invaded the Philippines. On that basis, perhaps the Peliliu action was important.
But the larger issue has been settled by military experts and historians for years. The very invasion of the Philippines was both unnecessary and unproductive. America spilled the blood of thousands of its own and those of other nations solely to satisfy the ego of the narcissistic MacArther who had proclaimed, “I shall return.” And return he did, but for no strategic or logistic gain.
Sledge dodges this issue well and focuses the reader on those who did their duty, who displayed unbelievable heroism and to whom the world owes its gratitude.
Too bad MacArthur himself didn’t have to land with the Marines. ( )
  Paul-the-well-read | Apr 18, 2020 |
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Sledge, E.B.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, Joseph H.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ødegaard, RogerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cabanes, BrunoPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crown, John A.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fussell, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haas, PascaleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hanks, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hanson, Victor DavisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mazzello, JoeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McIlhenny, Walter S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
The deaths ye died I have watched beside
and the lives ye led were mine

- Rudyard Kipling
Dedication
In memory of Capt. Andrew A. Haldane, beloved company commander of K/3/5, and to the Old Breed
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Préface
(Bruno Cabanes)

Eugene Sledge était un rescapé. À quiconque trouverait le terme galvaudé, il suffirait de rappeler ceci : à l’âge de vingt-deux ans, le jeune Américain avait traversé deux des batailles les plus meurtrières de la guerre du Pacifique : Peleliu à l’automne 1944, et Okinawa au printemps 1945. [...]
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Brigadier général Walter S. McIlhenny

Le 10 avril 1944, j’ai eu le privilège de prendre le commandement du 3e bataillon, 5e régiment de Marines, 1re division de Marines (renforcée) pendant la phase finale de la campagne de Nouvelle-Angleterre. Celle-ci était sa deuxième opération de combat. [...]
Préface de l’auteur

Ce livre rend compte de ce que j’ai vécu pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, d’abord pendant ma formation, et ensuite au combat avec la compagnie K, 3e bataillon, 5e régiment de Marines, 1re division de Marines, lors des campagnes de Peleliu et d’Okinawa. [...]
Remerciements

Bien qu’il s’agisse d’un récit personnel, écrit à l’origine à l’intention de ma famille, de nombreuses personnes m’ont aidé à lui donner la forme d’un livre destiné à l’ensemble des lecteurs. [...]
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Victor Davis Hanson

Avant que vienne le prochain millénaire et que les pays cessent de vouloir asservir les autres, il sera nécessaire d’accepter ses responsabilités et d’être prêts à consentir des sacrifices au nom de son pays ‒ comme l’ont fait mes camarades. Ainsi que le disaient les soldats : « Si le pays est assez bon pour qu’on y vive, il l’est assez pour qu’on se batte pour lui. » Le privilège va de pair avec la responsabilité.

C’est ainsi que E. B. Sledge conclut ses mémoires sur les horreurs des combats qu’ont livrés les marines contre l’Empire japonais sur les îles de Peleliu et d’Okinawa à la fin de l’année 1944 et au printemps 1945. Nous devrions retenir ces phrases sur ce qu’est le devoir patriotique, car With the Old Breed a désormais accédé au statut de classique militaire ‒ notamment en raison de la perspicacité de Sledge dans sa totale condamnation de la brutalité et de l’absurdité de la guerre.
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