Book With the Old Breed

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  • Author : E.B. Sledge
  • Publisher : Presidio Press
  • Release : 2007-05
  • ISBN :
  • Pages : 356 pages

Download or read With the Old Breed PDF, written by E.B. Sledge and published by Presidio Press. This book was released on 2007-05 with total page 356 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A former member of the First Marine Division gives a front-line description of two World War II Pacific campaigns--the bloody campaigns at Peleliu and Okinawa--in which he participated as a teenage soldier. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Book With the Old Breed

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  • Author : E. B. Sledge
  • Publisher : Presidio Press
  • Release : 2007
  • ISBN : 0891419195
  • Pages : 384 pages

Download or read With the Old Breed PDF, written by E. B. Sledge and published by Presidio Press. This book was released on 2007 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A former member of the First Marine Division gives a front line description of two World War II Pacific campaigns.

Book With the Old Breed

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  • Author : Eugene Bondurant Sledge
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2011
  • ISBN : 0091937523
  • Pages : 354 pages

Download or read With the Old Breed PDF, written by Eugene Bondurant Sledge and published by Random House. This book was released on 2011 with total page 354 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Described as one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war, this book tells with compassion and honesty of the cruelty, bravery and deaths of the men Eugene Sledge fought alongside, and of his own journey from patriotic innocence to battle-scarred veteran.

Book With the Old Breed  at Peleliu and Okinawa

Download or read With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa PDF, written by Eugene Bondurant Sledge and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 1990 with total page 356 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Memoir of the author's experience fighting in too of thebattles of the South Pacific during World War II.

Book China Marine

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  • Author : E. B. Sledge
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2003
  • ISBN : 0195167767
  • Pages : 195 pages

Download or read China Marine PDF, written by E. B. Sledge and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2003 with total page 195 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Originally published: Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, c2002.

Book With the Old Breed

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  • Author : Eugene B Sledge
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2010-07-07
  • ISBN : 1409003078
  • Pages : 352 pages

Download or read With the Old Breed PDF, written by Eugene B Sledge and published by Random House. This book was released on 2010-07-07 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC 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 a 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. 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

Book World War II Memoirs  The Pacific Theater  LOA  351

Download or read World War II Memoirs The Pacific Theater LOA 351 PDF, written by E. B. Sledge and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 2022-01-04 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In one volume, three unforgettable memoirs that capture the brutality, fear, and heroism of the American land, air, and sea war in the Pacific. “Every generation is a secret society,” former Marine pilot Samuel Hynes wrote. “The secret that my generation—the one that came of age during the Second World War—shared was simply the war itself.” This volume brings together the powerful memoirs of three Americans who came of age fighting in the Pacific and who survived to tell their stories. Remarkable literary achievements that capture history with the immediacy of lived experience, all three—presented here in an illustrated collector’s edition—are classics of the modern literature of war. In With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (1981) Marine veteran E. B. Sledge bears unflinching witness to the horror, fear, and degradation of prolonged close-quarters combat. A mortarman serving in a front-line rifle company, Sledge survived thirty days of nightmarish fighting on the remote coral island of Peleliu, where heat, thirst, filth, and fear and hatred of the Japanese “eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us all.” On Okinawa he faced an even greater test of endurance amid deep mud, driving rain, and incessant shelling, as men “fought and bled in an environment so degrading I believed we had been flung into hell’s own cesspool.” Written with precision and clarity, Sledge’s memoir is a haunting testament to his struggle to hold on to decency and sanity, and a moving tribute to the esprit de corps of the U.S. Marines. Flights of Passage (1988) is Samuel Hynes’ evocative and elegiac memoir of his “fairly ordinary flying war.” A “true believer in the religion of flight,” he writes with lyricism, candor, and humor about the joys and dangers of his stateside training as a dive-bomber pilot, the beauty and excitement he experienced flying in combat over the Ryukyu Islands, and his wartime education in the realities of friendship, sex, love, and sudden, random death. Alvin Kernan enlisted in the Navy in 1941 at age seventeen to escape life on a failing Wyoming ranch. Crossing the Line (1994, revised 2007) is a vividly written account of his remarkable service on three aircraft carriers, first as an aviation ordnanceman and then as an air gunner. A perceptive and thoughtful observer of the sailor’s life at sea and on shore, Kernan witnessed the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack and the launching of the Doolittle Raid, armed planes at Midway, survived the sinking of the Hornet, and flew on the final mission of the fighter ace Butch O’Hare. With thirty-two pages of photographs and endpaper maps.

Book Old Breed General

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  • Author : Amy Rupertus Peacock
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2022-02-01
  • ISBN : 0811770354
  • Pages : 448 pages

Download or read Old Breed General PDF, written by Amy Rupertus Peacock and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2022-02-01 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Marine general William H. Rupertus is best known today for writing the Corps’ Rifleman’s Creed, which begins, “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine”—which has been made famous by films such as Full Metal Jacket and Jarhead. Rupertus was one of the outstanding Marines of the twentieth century, standing alongside men such as Smedley Butler, Chesty Puller, and Arthur Vandegrift, but he died in 1945, so his story has never been told. Rupertus “made his bones” in the USMC’s “savage wars of peace” before World War II: Haiti for three years after World War I, China in 1929 (where he lost his wife and children to the scarlet fever epidemic) and again in 1937 (where he witnessed the beginning of Japan’s war against China that turned into the Pacific War of World War II). In World War II, Rupertus commanded during four important battles: Tulagi and Henderson Field during the Guadalcanal campaign; the Battle of Cape Gloucester; and Peleliu. It was a series of blistering battles—and ultimately victories—that helped break the back of the Japanese and pave the way for American victory. In the course of these battles, Rupertus became the Patton of the Pacific—ruthless in war, always on the attack, merciless against the enemy, undefeated in battles—even as he proved himself very much like Eisenhower, suavely diplomatic and able to balance war with politics. These skills allowed Rupertus to crush the enemy in the malaria-infested jungles of the Pacific and personally escort Eleanor Roosevelt on her tour of the Pacific. Old Breed General is the biography of Rupertus and the story of the Marines at war in the Pacific. This is an American story of love, loss, shock, horror, tragedy, and triumph that focuses on Rupertus and the 1st Marine Division in World War II, but which resonates through the 1st, to Chosin in Korea and James Mattis’s command in Iraq.

Book Brotherhood of Heroes

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  • Author : Bill Sloan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2005-05-09
  • ISBN : 0743284607
  • Pages : 400 pages

Download or read Brotherhood of Heroes PDF, written by Bill Sloan and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2005-05-09 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Band of Brothers for the Pacific is the gut-wrenching and ultimately triumphant story of the Marines' most ferocious—yet largely forgotten—battle of World War II. Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the First Marine Division suffered more than 6,500 casualties fighting on a hellish little coral island in the Pacific. Peleliu was the setting for one of the most savage struggles of modern times, a true killing ground that has been all but forgotten—until now. Drawing on interviews with Peleliu veterans, Bill Sloan's gripping narrative seamlessly weaves together the experiences of the men who were there, producing a vivid and unflinching tableau of the twenty-four-hour-a-day nightmare of Peleliu. Emotionally moving and gripping in its depictions of combat, Brotherhood of Heroes rescues the Corps's bloodiest battle from obscurity and does honor to the Marines who fought it.

Book The Costs of War

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  • Author : John Denson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2017-07-05
  • ISBN : 1351484451
  • Pages : 450 pages

Download or read The Costs of War PDF, written by John Denson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-07-05 with total page 450 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The greatest accomplishment of Western civilization is arguably the achievement of individual liberty through limits on the power of the state. In the war-torn twentieth century, we rarely hear that one of the main costs of armed conflict is long-term loss of liberty to winners and losers alike. Beyond the obvious and direct costs of dead and wounded soldiers, there is the lifetime struggle of veterans to live with their nightmares and their injuries; the hidden economic costs of inflation, debts, and taxes; and more generally the damages caused to our culture, our morality, and to civilization at large. The new edition is now available in paperback, with a number of new essays. It represents a large-scale collective effort to pierce the veils of myth and propaganda to reveal the true costs of war, above all, the cost to liberty.Central to this volume are the views of Ludwig von Mises on war and foreign policy. Mises argued that war, along with colonialism and imperialism, is the greatest enemy of freedom and prosperity, and that peace throughout the world cannot be achieved until the central governments of the major nations become limited in scope and power. In the spirit of these theorems by Mises, the contributors to this volume consider the costs of war generally and assess specific corrosive effects of major American wars since the Revolution. The first section includes chapters on the theoretical and institutional dimensions of the relationship between war and society, including conscription, infringements on freedom, the military as an engine of social change, war and literature, and the right of citizens to bear arms. The second group includes reconsiderations of Lincoln and Churchill, an analysis of the anti-interventionist idea in American politics, a discussion of the meaning of the "just war," an assessment of how World War I changed the course of Western civilization, and finally two eyewitness accounts of the true horrors of actual combat by

Book Twenty Two on Peleliu

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  • Author : George Peto
  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Release : 2021-01-31
  • ISBN : 9781612009797
  • Pages : pages

Download or read Twenty Two on Peleliu PDF, written by George Peto and published by Casemate. This book was released on 2021-01-31 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: On September 15, 1944, U.S. Marines landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu, as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto. This is the wild and remarkable story of an "Old Breed" Marine told in his own words.

Book The Old Breed

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  • Author : George McMillan
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1949
  • ISBN :
  • Pages : 514 pages

Download or read The Old Breed PDF, written by George McMillan and published by . This book was released on 1949 with total page 514 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: History of the First Marine Division in World War II.

Book The Ultimate Battle

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  • Author : Bill Sloan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2008-10-14
  • ISBN : 0743292472
  • Pages : 418 pages

Download or read The Ultimate Battle PDF, written by Bill Sloan and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2008-10-14 with total page 418 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A narrative account of the large-scale land-sea-air battle during the spring of 1945 profiles the conflict as a sobering clash that was marked by the death of America's highest-ranking officer killed during World War II, the hara-kiri deaths of two top-ranking Japanese commanders, and the deaths of more than 250,000 soldiers, sailors, and civilians. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Book Alabama Afternoons

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  • Author : Roy Hoffman
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release : 2011-03-24
  • ISBN : 0817317392
  • Pages : 273 pages

Download or read Alabama Afternoons PDF, written by Roy Hoffman and published by University of Alabama Press. This book was released on 2011-03-24 with total page 273 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A collection of portraits of many remarkable Alabamians, famous and obscure, profiled by award-winning journalist and novelist Roy Hoffman Alabama Afternoons is a collection of portraits of many remarkable Alabamians, famous and obscure, profiled by award-winning journalist and novelist Roy Hoffman. Written as Sunday feature stories for the Mobile Press-Register with additional pieces from the New York Times, Preservation, and Garden & Gun, these profiles preserve the individual stories—and the individual voices within the stories—that help to define one of the most distinctive states in the union. Hoffman recounts his personal visits with writer Mary Ward Brown in her library in Hamburg, with photographer William Christenberry in a field in Newbern, and with storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham and folk artist Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas at their neighboring houses in Selma. Also highlighted are the lives of numerous alumni of The University of Alabama—among them Mel Allen, the “Voice of the Yankees” from 1939 to 1964; Forrest Gump author Winston Groom; and Vivian Malone and James Hood, the two students who entered the schoolhouse door in 1963. Hoffman profiles distinguished Auburn University alumni as well, including Eugene Sledge, renowned World War II veteran and memoirist, and Neil Davis, the outspoken, nationally visible editor of the Lee County Bulletin. Hoffman also profiles major and minor players in the civil rights movement, from Johnnie Carr, raised in segregated Montgomery and later president of the Montgomery Improvement Association; and George Wallace Jr., son of the four-time governor; to Theresa Burroughs, a Greensboro beautician trampled in the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge; and Diane McWhorter, whose award- winning book explores the trouble- filled Birmingham civil rights experience. Juxtaposed with these are accounts of lesser-known individuals, such as Sarah Hamm, who attempts to preserve the fading Jewish culture in Eufaula; Edward Carl, who was butler and chauffeur to Bellingrath Gardens founder Walter Bellingrath in Theodore; and cousins William Bolton and Herbert Henson, caretakers of the coon dog cemetery in Russellville. Hoffman’s compilation of life stories creates an engaging and compelling look into what it means to be from, and shaped by, Alabama. “Alabama Afternoons,” he writes in the introduction, “is a small part of the even bigger question of what it means to be an American.” Read an article about domestic lives by Roy Hoffman in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/garden/25Domestic.html

Book Dispatches from the Pacific

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  • Author : Ray E. Boomhower
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release : 2017-06-16
  • ISBN : 0253029937
  • Pages : 260 pages

Download or read Dispatches from the Pacific PDF, written by Ray E. Boomhower and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2017-06-16 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the fall of 1943, armed with only his notebooks and pencils, Time and Life correspondent Robert L. Sherrod leapt from the safety of a landing craft and waded through neck-deep water and a hail of bullets to reach the shores of the Tarawa Atoll with the US Marine Corps. Living shoulder to shoulder with the marines, Sherrod chronicled combat and the marines’ day-to-day struggles as they leapfrogged across the Central Pacific, battling the Japanese on Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. While the marines courageously and doggedly confronted an enemy that at times seemed invincible, those left behind on the American home front desperately scanned Sherrod’s columns for news of their loved ones. Following his death in 1994, the Washington Post heralded Sherrod’s reporting as "some of the most vivid accounts of men at war ever produced by an American journalist." Now, for the first time, author Ray E. Boomhower tells the story of the journalist in Dispatches from the Pacific: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod, an intimate account of the war efforts on the Pacific front.

Book The Pacific

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  • Author : Hugh Ambrose
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2010-03-02
  • ISBN : 1101185848
  • Pages : 528 pages

Download or read The Pacific PDF, written by Hugh Ambrose and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2010-03-02 with total page 528 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The New York Times bestselling official companion book to the Emmy® Award-winning HBO® miniseries. Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home. In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the HBO® miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as the Pacific and the brave men who fought.

Book At War With The Wind

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  • Author : David Sears
  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Release : 2012-03-01
  • ISBN : 0806535962
  • Pages : 388 pages

Download or read At War With The Wind PDF, written by David Sears and published by Kensington Publishing Corp.. This book was released on 2012-03-01 with total page 388 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Main Selection of the Military Book Club and a Featured Alternate of the History Book Club In the last days of World War II, a new and baffling weapon terrorized the United States Navy in the Pacific. To the sailors who learned to fear them, the body-crashing warriors of Japan were known as "suiciders"; among the Japanese, they were named for a divine wind that once saved the home islands from invasion: kamikaze. Told from the perspective of the men who endured this horrifying tactic, At War with the Wind is the first book to recount in nail-biting detail what it was like to experience an attack by Japanese kamikazes. David Sears, acclaimed author of The Last Epic Naval Battle, draws on personal interviews and unprecedented research to create a narrative of war that is stunning in its vivid re-creations. Born of desperation in the face of overwhelming material superiority, suicide attacks--by aircraft, submarines, small boats, and even manned rocket-boosted gliders--were capable of inflicting catastrophic damage, testing the resolve of officers and sailors as never before. Sears's gripping account focuses on the vessels whose crews experienced the full range of the kamikaze nightmare. From carrier USS St. Lo, the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by an orchestrated kamikaze attack, to USS Henrico, a transport ship that survived the landings at Normandy only to be sent to the Pacific and struck by suicide planes off Okinawa, and USS Mannert L. Abele, the only vessel sunk by a rocket-boosted piloted glider during the war, these unforgettable stories reveal, as never before, one of the most horrifying and misunderstood chapters of World War II. This is the candid story of a war within a war--a relentless series of furious and violent engagements pitting men determined to die against men determined to live. Its echoes resonate hauntingly at a time of global conflict, when suicide as a weapon remains a perplexing and terrifying reality. November 1, 1945--Leyte Gulf The destroyer Killen (DD-593) was besieged, shooting down four planes, but taking a bomb hit from a fifth. Pharmacist mate Ray Cloud, watching from the fantail, saw the plane--a sleek twin-engine Frances fighter-bomber--swoop in low across the port side. As its pilot released his bomb, Cloud said to himself, "He dropped it too soon," and then watched as the plane roared by--pursued and chewed up by fire from Killen's 40- and 20-mm guns. The bomb hit the water, skipped once and then penetrated Killen's port side hull forward, exploding between the #2 and #3 magazines. The blast tore a gaping hole in Killen's side and water poured in. By the time Donice Copeland, eighteen, a radar petty officer, emerged on deck from the radar shack, the ship's bow was practically submerged and the ship itself was nearly dead in the water. Practically all the casualties were awash below decks. Two unwounded sailors, trapped below in the ship's emergency generator room, soon drowned. The final tally of dead eventually climbed to fifteen.