With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: George Wilson

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: August 2001

Duration: 14 hours 39 minutes

Summary:

This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during WWII, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge's experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater. On Peleliu and Okinawa the action was extremely fierce. Amidst oppressive heat and over land obliterated by artillery shells, the combat raged ferociously. Casualties were extreme on both sides, and by the time the Americans had broken through at Okinawa, more than 62,000 Japanese soldiers were dead. Against military policy, Sledge scribbled notes and jammed them into his copy of the New Testament. Those notes form the backbone of what Navy Times said "has been called the best World War II memoir of an enlisted man."

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  • Andrew Dorman

    This was an incredible first hand account from an enlisted Marine that served in the Pacific Theater of WWII. E.B. Sledge recounts his experiences as only one who saw them could. The story is both horrible and incredible at the same time. I have been in the military for the last 16 years, and although I have been to Iraq and have been deployed many times, I have NEVER experienced the sort of things these men did. Intellectually, you understand how horrible the war against the Japanese was. However, after experiencing this account from a front line infantryman's perspective, you will come away with more insight into just how horrible of an experience it actually was. I learned a lot from this account and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who would like a better understanding of what those guys on the ground went through against the Empire of Japan's fanatical troops. Also, the narrator did an incredible job. Sometimes, I found myself forgetting I was listening to an audible story and found myself transported into my mind's eye, similar to when you are reading. 2 thumbs up!

  • Annette Jalsevac

    Fantastic, gut-wrenching account of one American man's war against the Japanese during WWII.