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5.0 von 5 Sternen A vivid first hand account of the brutality of war., 21. November 1997
Very few authors of books on the war in the South Pacific bring the vivid first hand experiences to light the way Dr. Sledge is able to do. He paints a picture that your mind and spirit is able to see as you read his words. He tells of the funny side of war, if there is one, the emense amount of hard work involved, and the brutality of war as he experienced it. The contrast of fighting on a barren coral rock, as was Peleliu, to the muck and mud of Okinawa is compelling.
As I have been a close personal friend of Dr. Sledge for over 30 years, I have heard many times in his own words the accounts of the battles fought on Peleliu and Okinawa. However, Dr. Sledge, in the words he writes is able to bring the battles to life, and involve the reader as if they were there. His story is so much like the man he is, strong, well prepared, confident, a believer in God, and willing to go to war for his country and "kill japs".
Anyone who wishes to gain insight into the nature of the war with the Japanese, and of war in general, needs to read this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece written by a front-line combat Marine, 5. Juli 1998
When reading about historical events, one must consider the source. Dr. Sledge is an excellent source on the subject of Marines in combat in WWII. Dr. Sledge was really there at Peleliu and Okinawa, and on the front lines. No post-war historian could possibly describe the realities of combat with the accuracy of one who was really there. This book is a treasure not only because of its accuracy, but because it is so rare. Bookstores today are full of first-person accounts of Vietnam War veterans, but similar writings by veterans of WWII are extremely rare. If you want to read a generalized, sanitzed version of combat in the Pacific war, pick up a typical history book. However, if you want a definitive description of young American Marines fighting the ghastly horrors of combat-the worst reality of war-then this book is a must read. In my opinion, books such as this should be mandatory reading for high school students, so that they might have some understanding of how many Americans have fought and died to preserve the freedoms they now enjoy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If anyone still thinks war is a glorious experience ..., 16. Juni 2000
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they need to read this. What an unassuming, straightforward account of two of the Pacific Theater's most terrible campaigns. Even more, what an account of life for the combat marine. Flies in c-rations, maggots on your clothes, sleep deprivation, and the sacrifice of men for their fellow men - it's all in this account. Never does Dr. Sledge, who was interviewed by Studs Terkel in The Good War, glorify himself in any way. He simply focuses on the daily struggle to survive and keep one's sanity. These were men who had a job to do, and they did it as well as they possibly could in sub-human conditions those who did not experience it could not believe. It's well-written in a down-to-earth style one might expect of a biology professor. The irony of a man who faced the dead every day returning home to study and teach about life is typical of men who went through his experiences.
This is a fine read about men at war against the Japanese, the elements, themselves, and the struggle to maintain sanity. Highly recommend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unforgettable, 26. August 1999
This is an extraordinary memoir, not least because of its plain honesty and sometimes matter-of-fact delivery. That Mr. Sledge is not a literary stylist or professional writer gives his account of the nightmare of battle added weight and terror--we get the real story as it was lived. Such a book shows just how wrong Hollywood usually is when dealing with the subject of combat, particularly when it tries to make savages and lunatics of the men who fought and died. They were more often than not ordinary men who found that they were capable of extraordinary courage and valor in the face of unspeakable savagery. This book shows the stark, terrifying reality of war in an unforgettable way. For anyone who questions the necessity of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan, this book is a must. There are lessons here that desperately need to be learned. As Mr. Sledge writes, "With privilege comes responsibility." Highly recommended!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Combat Narrative, 23. Oktober 1999
Not much can be added to the previous reviews of this excellent book. I have read many fine books covering the Pacific campaign during WW2 and so many referred to this book that I had to find a copy for myself. It was well worth the time and effort. I have since bought a copy for a friend here in Australia and he also ranks it in his top 10 military history books. The author offers an insight into what its like to be in combat rarely found in most books nowadays. This is an honest, at times sad and occassionaly funny, look at the life of a combat Marine during the final battles in the Pacific. This book cannot be recommended highly enough!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of those books that should be read by all., 22. Juli 1996
Von Ein Kunde
One of those books that should be read by all who would wage war. The simple truth of what daily life was like during those hell years in the South Pacific.
Eugene Sledge survived the war and led a very gentle life and career as a biology and botany teacher and wrote this book detailing his war experiences.
Originally written for his children, it has become a classic which is read and respected by military professionals and anti-war workers.

Also see "WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE, AND YOUNG." by Joe Galloway, a like spirited book about Viet Nam, both these volumes are as taut as the best fiction, but they are memoirs
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for Marine Corps History buffs., 16. Mai 1997
Von Ein Kunde
The book is forceful and compelling. It was hard to put down once started. Very thought envoking and allows your imagination to actually bring the scenes to dreadful life. However hard to believe there were no cussing Marines! Considering I only know a couple who don't during peacetime.

Not sure I would agree with the opinion of one reviewer that the author must still be living the war due to the graphic nature of the telling. I believe this is more of a reflection on the quality of the Marine training of the time. Clear and concise was the emphasis and the book clearly reflects as such.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thank you, Marine, 19. Dezember 1999
E.B. Sledge tells what it's like to fight, day after day, not knowing if you'll be wounded, maimed, killed at any moment, just going on and doing the worst job in the world because it has to be done, because your country needs you. I second the notion that this should be required reading in every high school, to let our yout know how evil war can be -- and how sometimes it's necessary.
I've never had to experience anything like the horrors Sledge and his comrades endured. My thanks to and prayers for the veterans of the most terrible war in history. You will not be forgotten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen truly haunting, 1. März 2000
This book should be read by every american who has lived during and after WWII. After reading E.B. Sleges account of combat, I now realize it is a crime that there is no national WWII memorial to thank veterans for their sacrifice.This is the most honest and easy to understand personal account of combat I have ever read.I feel that I will never again read a "war" book that can move me as much as this one.If you have read this book and another that has moved you like "With the old breed," Please, send me the title at mackwb@aol.com.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen My husband made me read this, but I'm glad I did!, 26. März 1998
Von Ein Kunde
My husband perscribed this book to me after we got married so that I would understand what being an infantryman in the Marines was like. I was enthralled with the narrative, and my heart broke for what all of the men went through. I wish this had been assigned reading in high school because my generation really has NO appreciation of what giving your life for freedom means. I recommend this to any military wife who wants to understand her husband better, and to any parent who wants their child to better appreciate the relatively easy life we have today.
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