With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

“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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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, edify, 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—3rd 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 with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. 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.

“In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledge’s. This is the real deal, the real war: unvarnished, brutal, without a shred of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primer on what it actually was like to be in that war. It is a classic that will outlive all the armchair generals’ safe accounts of—not the ‘good war’—but the worst war ever.”—Ken Burns

More Detail Information...

Tag : with, breed, peleliu, okinawa
Twenty-Two on Peleliu: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine

Twenty-Two on Peleliu: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine

On September 15, 1944, the U.S. First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing and trapping skills helped put food on his family’s table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor.

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore on D+1, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months.

This is the wild and remarkable story of an "Old Breed" Marine, from his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific, to his life after the war, told in his own words.

More Detail Information...

Tag : twenty, peleliu, four, pacific, campaigns, with, corps, memoirs, breed, marine
Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

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

Robert Leckie signed up for service with the United States Marines on January 5, 1942.

Wake Island had fallen and America was still reeling from the tragedy of Pearl Harbor.

This vivid and personal account of one marine’s journey through the course of the war in the Pacific in World War Two.

Leckie provides vivid, and at times humorous, details of his training in South Carolina, through to being assigned to first terrifying duties as a fighting marine.

He was thrust into the heat of battle at Guadalcanal before seeing action across many islands of the Pacific until he was eventually wounded and evacuated from the island of Peleliu.

Yet this fascinating autobiography is not simply about Leckie’s fighting life over the duration of the war as it also records the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers, the adventures that he enjoyed during his time off service in Melbourne, Australia, along with the day to day life of a normal marine.

“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

This work is essential reading for anyone interested in uncovering the voice of a true marine who saw some of the bloodiest battles of World War Two.

Along with E. B. Sledge’s With the Old Breed: At Peleiu and Okinawa this book formed the basis for the HBO miniseries The Pacific.

Robert Leckie was an American author and historian. His service with the 1st Marine Division in World War Two as a machine gunner and a scout greatly influenced his later work. Helmet for my Pillow was first published in 1957 and Leckie passed away in 2001.

More Detail Information...

Tag : helmet, pillow, from, parris, island, pacific
The Old Breed: A History of the First Marine Division in World War II

The Old Breed: A History of the First Marine Division in World War II

The Old Breed is considered one of the finest division histories ever produced for an American unit. Comprehensive in its coverage, the history traces the First Marine Division from its activations in February 1941 through training in the U.S. to initial combat on Guadalcanal. After a lengthy account of savage fighting on Guadalcanal, the book covers Cape Gloucester (New Britain), Peleliu, Okinawa and, finally, duty in North China.

More Detail Information...

Tag : breed, history, first, marine, division, world
The Old Breed: A Combat Marine's Odyssey Through WWII 1941-1945

The Old Breed: A Combat Marine's Odyssey Through WWII 1941-1945



One Marine's World War II

THE OLD BREED . . . is the saga of a naive high school graduate, long hoping to become a Marine, who enlisted in the dark, gloomy days immediately following the overwhelming Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

The memoir details Dana T. Hughes' traumatic experience overcoming the challenges of Marine boot camp at Parris Island, SC. It then follows him through advanced combat training in both barrage balloons as well as special weapons before his outfit was shipped across the Pacific in mid-1942. After a short but idyllic tour in New Zealand, Hughes' unit was quickly detailed north into harms way.

This included seven months combat in the malaria-infested, starvation islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi followed, months later, by transfer to a new outfit in New Zealand for advanced 90 mm AAA gun training.

Hughes soon found himself on his way back to the Solomon Islands and was quickly immersed in the heavy fire of the Marine Corps' 1 November '43 landing on Bougainville, where he campaigned for another seven months.

Finally, by Fall, 1944, Hughes had put in the time overseas required by the Marine Corps for rotation Stateside, so that--in his words--in early November, he was surprised to reach "My front door in '44."

More Detail Information...

Tag : breed, combat, marines, odyssey, through, wwii, 1941, 1945
Half Breed Haven #9  Into the Lair of Los Rey Lobo: A Wildes of the West-Half Breed Haven Wonder women of the Old West Action Adventure Western

Half Breed Haven #9 Into the Lair of Los Rey Lobo: A Wildes of the West-Half Breed Haven Wonder women of the Old West Action Adventure Western

BULLETS, BRAWLING, BIRACIAL BEAUTIES AND BAD HOMBRES MIX IT UP IN THIS ADULT WESTERN ACTION ADVENTURE!

With their homesteads in ruins and fellow citizens murdered by the plundering Los Rey Lobo, the so-called Wolf King, as he sinks his claws into their remote Nevada valley, the fleeing survivors have lost all hope…

…that is until a wagon accident plunges the Daughters of Half Breed Haven into their midst. Vowing to aid the townsfolk and skin a certain wolf, the multiracial Wilde sisters will once more brave danger while employing everything from their formidable skills to sex as a weapon to liberate the valley.

Only this time, behind Los Rey Lobo, lurks an even bigger danger as Cassie Wilde may have finally met her match and the price tag may be her very life!

Saddle up for the ride and be immersed in all the action, adventure, romance and drama that comes with being one quarter of the formidable foursome known to friends and foes alike as THE DAUGHTERS OF HALF BREED HAVEN. A stunning multiracial quartet whose bravery, thirst for justice and love for each other is matched only by their unbridled appetite for the most casual and sizzling encounters with the opposite (or in Catalina's case, the same) sex.

With sharp wits and guns blazing, these four strong women heroines -the fair-skinned Cassandra, Asian Lijuan, mulatto Honor Elizabeth, and Mexican Catalina, all half-sisters, will risk all as they fight to maintain justice in 1870’s Arizona and beyond

Bad Guys will fall to their hail of bullets and Good Guys will fall as well…under their spell and into the nearest bed whenever any of these four capable, daring sexy female heroes come calling.

Into the Lair of Los Rey Lobo is the latest installment of a female lead novel series featuring a Wilde sisters adventure where action, suspense and bawdy romance combine in this female adventure novel forming a tale worthy of the wicked Wild West.

PLEASE BE ADVISED

The Sister’s adventures, be it braving the sometimes-violent west or their romantic escapades are recommended for readers, who like the Wildes, are 18+ years of age and above.

If you are ready to “Take a walk on the WILDE side” return to the top and join the sisters in HBH #9!

More Detail Information...

Tag : half, breed, haven, into, lair, lobo, wildes, west, wonder, women, action, adventure, western
With the Old Breed/Helmet for My Pillow (2 Volume Set)

With the Old Breed/Helmet for My Pillow (2 Volume Set)

WITH THE OLD BREED: E. B. Sledge's acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, 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 with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater. 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. HELMET FOR MY PILLOW: Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what war is really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch.

More Detail Information...

Tag : with, breed, helmet, pillow, volume
Pocket Genius: Horses: Facts at Your Fingertips

Pocket Genius: Horses: Facts at Your Fingertips

From the biggest Shire horse to the smallest pony, horses have been invaluable to people in work, sports, and leisure for centuries. Featuring more than 125 individual breeds of horses, ponies, and their cousins — zebras, mules, and donkeys — Pocket Genius: Horses looks at the anatomy and behavior of these beautiful animals at work and play. Young readers can learn about their color, markings, and evolution, plus read up on mythical horses, horses in literature, and famous stud farms around the world in this pocket-size encyclopedia.

Redesigned in paperback, DK's best-selling Pocket Genius series is now available in an engaging compact and economical format that is ideal for both browsing and quick reference for use in school and at home. Catalog entries packed with facts provide at-a-glance information, while locator icons offer immediately recognizable references to aid navigation and understanding, and fact files round off the book with fun facts such as record breakers and timelines. Each pocket-size encyclopedia is filled with facts on subjects ranging from animals to history, cars to dogs, and Earth to space and combines a child-friendly layout with engaging photography and bite-size chunks of text that will encourage and inform even the most reluctant readers.

More Detail Information...

Tag : pocket, genius, horses, facts, your, fingertips
Old English Sheepdog Calendar - Dog Breed Calendars - 2018 - 2019 Wall Calendars - 16 Month by Avonside

Old English Sheepdog Calendar - Dog Breed Calendars - 2018 - 2019 Wall Calendars - 16 Month by Avonside

The best selection of Dog Breed Calendars from the finest photographers on the planet!

The Old English Sheepdog Calendar 2019 shows the intelligence and athleticism of the Sheepdog in beautifully captured images. Each month, a hi-res picture is coupled with daily grids for you to write down upcoming celebrations and meetings. This 12 x 12 calendar makes a remarkable decoration for your home or office space.

More Detail Information...

Tag : english, sheepdog, calendar, breed, calendars, 2018, 2019, wall, month, avonside
Leatherneck Legends: Conversations With the Marine Corps' Old Breed

Leatherneck Legends: Conversations With the Marine Corps' Old Breed

Within the Marine Corps the “Old Breed” has a special meaning, referring to the soldiers of the 1st Marine Division and their heroic defense of Guadalcanal in the early days of World War II, as well as to those who have gone before.  This book gives today’s readers a rare chance to hear these old soldiers tell their own stories and to learn firsthand what it was like to be there for some of the twentieth century’s most harrowing battles and powerful triumphs.  From personal interviews and the archives of oral history, the author has collected the reminiscences of the Marine Corps’ top rank of post-World War II officer legends, from early fifties commandant Lemuel Shepherd’s memories of Belleau Wood in World War I to on-the-spot accounts of leading soldiers into battle in Vietnam.  Many of Camp’s subjects were commandant of the Corps, most were four-star generals, and all were heroes whose stories are the stuff of history.

More Detail Information...

Tag : leatherneck, legends, conversations, with, marine, corps, breed