With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

By E.B. Sledge
Read by George Wilson

14.60 Hours 11/01/1981 unabridged
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In the Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. 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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Summary

Summary

In the Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.

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.

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

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