beloved company commander of K/3/5, and to the Old Breed. The deaths ye died I have watched beside, and the lives ye led were mine. —RUDYARD KIPLING. Praise for WITH THE OLD BREED “In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledge's. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller.
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The battle for Peleliu is lesser-known than the battle for Okinawa, and some historians have argued it was unnecessary.
The Allies might have slipped around it, toward the Japanese mainland. The fierce struggle for survival in the abyss of Peleliu eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us all.
We existed in an environment totally incomprehensible to men behind the lines. He describes countless scenes of terror, disgust, insanity and stupidity in prose that is lucid and unadorned.
When he does reach for figurative language, he is surpassingly vivid. He offers many small, artful portraits of men he admires.
And a few he despises. He chronicles small kindnesses and profound acts of friendship.
Since its first publication in , With the Old Breed has been recognized as one of the best first-hand accounts of combat in the Pacific during World War II. The memoir is based on notes Sledge kept tucked away in a pocket-sized Bible he carried with him during battles he fought at Peleliu and Okinawa. By his own account, Sledge began writing the memoir in , "immediately after Peleliu while we were in rest camp on Pavuvu Island " and continued working on it "as soon as I returned to civilian life" in The book was first published under its final title by the Presidio Press in His memoir is a front-line account of infantry combat in the Pacific War.
It brings the reader into the island hopping , the jungle heat and rain, the filth and malaise, the fear of potential " banzai attacks ," and the hopelessness and loss of humanity that so uniquely characterized the campaign in the Pacific. Sledge wrote starkly of the brutality displayed by Japanese soldiers during the battles and of the hatred that both sides harbored for each other. In Sledge's words, "This was a brutish, primitive hatred, as characteristic of the horror of war in the Pacific as the palm trees and the islands.
Sledge describes one instance in which he and a comrade came across the mutilated bodies of three Marines, butchered and with severed genitals stuffed into their mouths. He also describes the behavior of some Marines towards dead Japanese, including the removal of gold teeth from Japanese corpses and, in one case, a severely wounded but still living Japanese soldier , as well as other macabre trophy-taking.
When he does reach for figurative language, he is surpassingly vivid.
He offers many small, artful portraits of men he admires. And a few he despises.
He chronicles small kindnesses and profound acts of friendship. There is not much time for him to take in the larger world. But when he can, he notes birds, and sunsets that remind him of those back home over Mobile Bay. He is a gentle man who learns to comprehend hatred. This book is unsparing in its depictions of barbarism.
Marines callously ripped the gold teeth from dead Japanese soldiers, and took other kinds of ghoulish souvenirs.