With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa

Author: Eugene Bondurant Sledge

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195067149

Category: History

Page: 326

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Memoir of the author's experience fighting in too of thebattles of the South Pacific during World War II.

With the Old Breed

Author: Eugene B Sledge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409003078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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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

Brotherhood of Heroes

Author: Bill Sloan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743284607

Category: History

Page: 400

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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.

Tales of Valor

Author: Howard J. Leavitt

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1413411312

Category: History

Page: 608

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Which astronaut repaired the Hubble telescope during a walk in space? Who was the model for the movie "The Man Who Never Was?" What officer was responsible for the eradication of flogging in the U.S. Navy? Who is the most decorated living U.S. Army veteran? That the uncle of a world-famous entertainer won the Distinguished Service Cross in Korea? What officer led the mission to rescue General Patton's son-in-law? Who was the commanding officer of the famed WW II B-17 Rosie's Riveters? Who commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets of the U.S. submarine forces? What soldier, born in Lithuania, was the Commanding General of the U.S. Special Forces? Who commanded the battleship Utah at Pearl Harbor and received the Navy Cross? What French general was commended by Napoleon as "...one of the greatest of the great?" What general commanded the Australian forces in France in World War I? Who was and remains the only dentist in the Army to win the Congressional Medal of Honor? Who won both the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I? Who won the Navy Cross during World War I and another during World War II? What Navy surgeon received the Silver Star in Vietnam and is being considered for the Medal of Honor? Who was one of the first nurses to die in Europe in WW II and is buried in a military cemetery in France? What famous Los Angeles police officer and attorney won two Bronze Stars in Vietnam as a paratrooper? Who was the Jewish chaplain who gave his life aboard the SS Dorchester to save American soldiers? What Israeli astronaut was the youngest participant in the 1981 raid on the Osirak nuclear plant in Iraq?

The Sheep - Breeds of the British Isles (Domesticated Animals of the British Islands)

Author: David Low

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473343127

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 188

View: 3425


"The Sheep - Breeds of the British Isles" is an essay by David Low, published as part of the "Domesticated Animals of the British Islands" series. This fascinating and profusely-illustrated essay explores the history of the British sheep, with information on its various breeds, selection, domestication, management, and much more. This volume is highly recommended for those with an interest in the wildlife of the British isles, and it would make for a fantastic addition to collections of allied literature. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in a modern, high-quality edition complete with the original text and artwork.

Old Breed General

Author: Amy Rupertus Peacock,Don Brown

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0811770354

Category: History

Page: 448

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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.