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Lsujacket66
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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
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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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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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re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
You definitely need to follow it up with Helmet for my Pillow.


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Lsujacket66
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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
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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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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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PurpleandGold Motown
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re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
Dr Sledge was a friend of mine. He was a very nice man and his wife was a sweet heart.


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thatguy45
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re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
It's a great book. The part that still sticks out to me is when one of his buddies throws rocks into a Japanese soldiers head that's been blown off. It's messed up and shows how horrific war is

Has anyone read his other book China marine?
This post was edited on 9/20 at 12:35 am


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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: Anyone read With the Old Breed?
Sledge's book is a must as is Leckie's Helmet For My Pillow.
The Pacific also used a book by Chuck Tatum as a source in addition to Sledge's and Leckie's books. It is Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone From Boot Camp To Iwo Jima .

I also highly recommend the late historian William Manchester's cathartic memoir of his Marine Corps experiences in the Pacific. Good Bye, Darkness . From the Prologue:
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