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Helmet for my Pillow: The World War Two Pacific Classic von [Leckie, Robert]
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Helmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem.  Robert Leckie’s theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who—somehow—survived.”—Tom Hanks


“One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!”—Leon Uris, author of Battle Cry

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A powerful book that pulls no punches The New York Review of Books 'Helmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem. Robert Leckie's theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who - somehow - survived' - Tom Hanks . One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth! Leon Uris, author of Battle Cry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1992 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 322 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ebury Digital (16. Juni 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003SNJYQC
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Für Leute die des Englischen durchaus mächtig sind und sich auch gerade die Serie "The Pacific" auf Kabel 1 ansehen, bietet dieses Buch willkommene Hintergrundinformation.
Ich habe mir Helmet for my Pillow und With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa gekauft und beide gelesen.
Gleich vorweg ein Tip - chronologisch gesehen zahlt es sich aus, zuerst Helmet for my Pillow zu lesen.
Robert Leckie schreibt aus sehr subjektiver Sicht und beschreibt seine Erlebnisse von der Grundausbildung, über die Einsätze auf Guadalcanal, die Rast in Australien den Einsatz auf (wie hieß das nochmal) - New Britain bis zu seiner Verwundung auf Peleliu. Er lässt den Leser an seinen Gedanken teilhaben, beschreibt die Entbehrungen, das Katz und Maus Spiel mit der Militärpolizei und den Gegensatz zu den Offizieren des Marine Korps. In seinen Schilderungen spiegelt sich manchmal sogar so etwas wie Verachtung oder sogar Hass auf einzelne Offiziere wider.
Was seiner Schilderung vielleicht ein wenig fehlt ist der Blickwinkel für die Kampagnen im großen Rahmen - diese Überblicksinfo gelingt E.B Sledge in seinem Buch "With the Old Breed" recht gut. Dafür hat man bei Leckie einen irgendwie lebendigeren Eindruck seiner Schilderungen.

Interessant können auch die kleinen "Beschönigungen" sein, die Tom Hanks und Steven Spielberg in ihrer Serie "unterlaufen" sind. So ist Leckies "Liebelei" in Australien in wirklichkeit eine verheiratete Frau gewesen, aber das kommt moralisch nicht so gut.

Abschliessend kann ich die beiden Bücher jedem empfehlen, der etwas mehr Hintergrundinfo zur Serie sucht. Hintergrundinfo sei hier nicht falsch verstanden als Zahlen und Fakten, sondern als subjektive, private erlebnisse zweier Menschen, die die Entbehrungen und Verrohungen des Krieges erleben mussten.
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Die Charaktere aus der HBO mini Serie the Pacific Robert leckie schrieb seine Erlebnisse auf und machte dieses Buch daraus super Buch in englisch
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Das Buch ist spannend und informativ. Das geschriebene Englisch ist sehr gut verständlich. Insgesamt wirklich gut zu lesen und zu verstehen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen These were real men! 28. Juni 2016
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I just like reading bits of history from someone's perspective that actually lived it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because there were details about the actual fighting and boot camp and training but there was also "side stories", for lack of a better term, to help remember that these were real people. They weren't just some made up characters. These were incredible men that made this country great! I thought this book did a great job or portraying just that. And it didn't have all the profanity that some do. All that's not necessary to me. I know how vulgar Marines can be. I don't have to actually read it. I definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen On the shelf with the best WWII books 24. Februar 2015
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I was given this book by a veteran named Robert Brutinel who had served in the Marine paratroops. He joined in 1942 and arrived on Guadalcanal after the climactic fighting. However, he served on Vella La Vella and Choiseul and then fought in the 5th Division and was wounded on Iwo. When he handed me the book he said, "If you want to know what it was like, this is it." He thought the humor of the book and the camaraderie of the Marines was exactly like what he experienced. So I read the book. To this day, it is my all-time favorite Pacific theater book. And it's right up there, in my opinion, with the Forgotten Soldier on the "all-time best WWII book" shelf (with a handful of others.)

I couldn't help but read some of the critical reviews. I completely disagreed with them. Often they accused the author, Robert Leckie, of having a great resentment toward leadership and authority. I did not find that the case at all. In fact, Leckie often praised officers and had great respect for the good ones. What he couldn't stand, and it shows in his book, is unfair use of power in leadership positions -- also called theft. In almost every instance, be it the cigars LT Ivy-League stole, or the Japanese footlocker stolen by LT Big Picture, Leckie had every right to be angry and I wonder if any of the people who criticized him would have acted any differently.

Another criticized Leckie for drinking and womanizing when he was not in combat. Apparently that reader did not realize that Leckie (just like the thousands of other Marines who took liberty Down Under) had been on Guadalcanal for 5 months, with nothing but death staring him in the face and not a single woman to lay eyes on, and was now on liberty in the very country he had helped save from invasion, knowing he would be going back into combat soon. Leckie was no different than many of the other Marines, just more honest about it. I laughed at the part when a Marine was coming back from a rendezvous with a young Australian girl and commented to Leckie that the Australian girls had no morals. Leckie's comment to that hypocrisy made me laugh.

Helmet for my pillow is the type of book you simply can't put down. And you will be reading it and people in the other room will ask you "What's so funny?" because you often laugh out-loud at the wonderfully entertaining style Leckie uses. But at other times you will be riveted and saddened by the loss of great heroes like LT Racehorse and many others. (May they rest in peace.)

Robert Leckie was truly a gifted writer and it's no wonder he made his career writing for newspapers and then writing best sellers. Fantastic book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Should be required reading 12. April 2016
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A must read for all Americans. This book is a perfect companion to E.B. Sledge's With the Old Breed. Both books chronicle the unrelenting stress, fatigue, brutality, and stygian hell that the 1st Marine Division experienced while fighting a cruel and sadistic Japanese enemy in the pacific theater of war. Leckie's Helmet for my Pillow takes the reader from the hallowed training grounds of Parris Island, through the months of chaos and death on Guadalcanal, to the misery and futility of Cape Gloucester, and on to the bloody beaches and airfields of Peleliu.

Leckie is a truly gifted writer, who delineates not only the common courage, sacrifice and tenacity of the Marines in his unit, but also the banality and awkward humor that can arise between brothers in battle. Both Leckie and Sledge truly avoid the usual politically correct anti-war sentiments found so frequently today. However, these novels do not glorify war in any way. Instead, these books act as a testament to the unbelievable sacrifice and dedication exhibited by a generation of young men committed to protecting their country, The Marine Corps, and to each other, their brothers in arms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Incredible Story 13. Oktober 2016
Von Martin Q. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have read a myriad of World War II Stories, but this one is easier by far and away the most eloquently written. It is the diary of a member of The Greatest Generation, and his part in the Pacific War. His sacrifice is the reason I am here today, living in the freedom that his sacrifice has bought for me, My own father was one of those men, yet he will never spoke of his time in that shell, and so I must learn of it through the words of others who lived it as well
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Profound and unique insight into the WWII Pacific experience 23. Februar 2010
Von Lori D. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First, I must admit a particular regard for this book as the granddaughter of Bill Smith (whom Leckie refers to as 'Hoosier'), who served with Leckie in How Company. Leckie offers nuanced insight into the ways in which he and his friends understood national military service, the `enemy', and the war more generally, and how these perspectives or ideas evolved among the men from North Carolina to Guadalcanal, Australia, and New Britain. Leckie steers clear from prototypes or cliches; there is no enblematic enlisted man or officer. Rather, these men are treated as real people coping (or not) with the profound uncertainty of their situation.

Perhaps this appreciation says more about my own lack of experience with combat/warfare. Thinking of Guadalcanal from a macro or military history perspective, it is easy to take for granted that marines' objectives - and the most efficacious means to pursue them - were always apparent to those involved. In this context, Leckie's account of warfare as a learning process was deep, reflexive, and fascinating. For example, he describes: 1) the marines' first reactions to air battle and subsequent adjustment to air battle as a simple process of attrition; and 2) the uncertainty confronted by officers at various stages, against the backdrop of the US' limited military experience in the Pacific or in jungles more generally. In this way, Leckie also makes apparent the need - and efficacy - of severe hierarchy. For this reason, I think that reviewers' arguments positing a lack of regard for officers deserve qualification.

***UPDATE/REFLECTIONS***
Hoosier was wounded and evacuated early in the Battle of Peleliu; I believe that Chuckler and Runner were wounded later and evacuated with Leckie. Leckie and his friends stayed in touch - in the summer of 1985, my grandfather and his wife, as well as Runner (Juergens) and his wife, went to visit Leckie in New Jersey. There Leckie decidated a park in their honor, in honor of all marines who fought in the Pacific Theater (I uploaded a photo of the dedication plaque in the 'customer image gallery').

Although Hoosier never liked to share his experiences from the war, my father considers the book to be true to his character. And, while the HBO miniseries diverges considerably from the book, Hoosier's sense of humor appears true to form (the book provides far greater nuance and depth, different dialogue, and events unfolded differently). This edition of the book also includes a few photographs of Leckie, Runner, Hoosier, and others - some taken in their dress blues, and others on Guadalcanal.
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