With the Old Breed is the moving and powerful firsthand account of a young Marine lieutenant’s experiences in combat during the battle of Okinawa in World War II. The book details the often brutal and dehumanizing nature of war, but it also uplifts readers with Sledge’s remarkable descriptions of camaraderie and selfless heroism. This edition features an introduction by historian Victor Davis Hanson and a new afterword by Sledge’s son, Keith.
From its renowned author, the extraordinary account of fighting with the Marine Corps in two ferocious Pacific battles has been hailed as one of the finest memoirs ever written about war. In With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, E. B. Sledge recounts with candor, compassion, and honesty his harrowing experiences in battle at two of World War II’s most ferocious battlefields. In this powerful work, he offers an unflinching look into the tragedy and terror that defined his service.
A powerful, firsthand account of World War II and a classic of modern military history, With the Old Breed is the true story of a young Marine’s combat experience and a tribute to his comrades in arms. First published by Presidio Press in 1981 and now issued by Bloomsbury Press as part of their Combat series and 50th-anniversary celebration honoring the work of Studs Terkel, this edition includes a new foreword by renowned military historian Victor Davis Hanson.
An electrifying account of the brutal hand-to-hand combat that marked the Pacific Theater, With the Old Breed is the true story of a young marine’s triumphs and hardships during World War II. The harrowing experiences of a veteran who spared nothing in recording his comrades’ heroism—and their suffering.
About With the Old Breed Book
In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, enlighten, and inspire a new generation.
An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division–3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where “the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets.” By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.
Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater with utter simplicity and searing honesty. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill–and came to love–his fellow man.