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Lsujacket66
Member since Dec 2010
3488 posts

Anyone read With the Old Breed?
It’s the book that the show The Pacific is based on... I’m about 1/3 of the way through and it’s just utterly gobsmacked at what I’m reading... both fascinating and terrifying.

Something he mentioned that I never thought about was that the Americans hated the Japanese soldiers so much and it got so vicious because of how dirty the Japanese would fight... like having fake injured or dead soldiers who’d then throw a grenade etc... kind of puts things in perspective of what they were dealing with.


rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
3925 posts

re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
Yes. It's outstanding. Read Helmet For My Pillow next and then The Naked And The Dead for fiction.


LSUA 75
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Colfax,La.
Member since Jan 2019
451 posts

re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
I read it,unimaginable to me the conditions they fought in.The heat,the stench of the thousands of corpses, the flies-truly hell on earth.It’s a wonder the soldiers didn’t all lose their minds.Several old guys I knew fought in the Pacific but I never knew it until they died and read it in their obituaries.


TheGooner
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Baton Rewage
Member since Jul 2016
558 posts

re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
You definitely need to follow it up with Helmet for my Pillow.


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Lsujacket66
Member since Dec 2010
3488 posts

re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
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read it,unimaginable to me the conditions they fought in.The heat,the stench of the thousands of corpses, the flies-truly hell on earth.It’s a wonder the soldiers didn’t all lose their minds.Several old guys I knew fought in the Pacific but I never knew it until they died and read it in their obituaries.

My grandfather was stationed in the Phillippines but he died before I was born, and he evidently didn’t talk much about the war, just that he got a bronze star and a Purple Heart... but some of the pictures he had have literally haunted my memories so it’s always been an interest..:: as I read this book it’s like I can see my grandfather over there fighting... a scary thing


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bayoubengals88
Wisconsin Fan
LA
Member since Sep 2007
11546 posts

re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
Yes, in my grad school military history class.
Just remember, first hand accounts like that are often exaggerated.
Read and decipher.


choppadocta
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Louisiana
Member since May 2014
439 posts

re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
Look up "Guadalcanal Diary" by Richard Tragaskis. It's an oldie but a goodie.


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