With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge audiobook

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

By E.B. Sledge
Read by George Wilson

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14.60 Hours Unabridged
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This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during WWII, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge's experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater. On Peleliu and Okinawa the action was extremely fierce. Amidst oppressive heat and over land obliterated by artillery shells, the combat raged ferociously. Casualties were extreme on both sides, and by the time the Americans had broken through at Okinawa, more than 62,000 Japanese soldiers were dead. Against military policy, Sledge scribbled notes and jammed them into his copy of the New Testament. Those notes form the backbone of what Navy Times said "has been called the best World War II memoir of an enlisted man." The rich tones of narrator George Wilson enhance the drama of this frank and astonishing chronicle.

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This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during WWII, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge's experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater. On Peleliu and Okinawa the action was extremely fierce. Amidst oppressive heat and over land obliterated by artillery shells, the combat raged ferociously. Casualties were extreme on both sides, and by the time the Americans had broken through at Okinawa, more than 62,000 Japanese soldiers were dead. Against military policy, Sledge scribbled notes and jammed them into his copy of the New Testament. Those notes form the backbone of what Navy Times said "has been called the best World War II memoir of an enlisted man." The rich tones of narrator George Wilson enhance the drama of this frank and astonishing chronicle.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A classic that will outlive all the armchair generals’ safe accounts of—not the ‘good war’—but the worst war ever.” Ken Burns
“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir…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

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Reviews

by Bren 9/13/2017
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First person account Pelileu (sp) and Okinawa by USMC mortar man.

Similar to Audie Murphy's To Hell and Back. As part of the company mortar crew Sledge wasn't quite as far forward as the riflemen. Usually. I was surprised to find to see how often E. B. Sledge is quoted by historians in their works on the pacific war. (Not always accurately quoted from his text.)
Aspects of combat that are usually ignored by respectable authors are not so avoided.

Author

Author Bio: E.B. Sledge

Author Bio: E.B. Sledge

E. B. “Sledgehammer” Sledge (1923–2001) enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. After basic training, he was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he fought at Peleliu and Okinawa, two of the fiercest battles of WWII. Following the Japanese surrender, Sledge served in China as part of the occupation force. Upon his return home, he obtained a PhD in biology and joined the faculty of Alabama College, which later became the University of Montevallo, where he taught until retirement. He initially wrote about his war experiences to explain them to his family, but he was persuaded by his wife to seek publication.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 14.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English