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Marine_Boy
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"With The Old Breed"

I was wondering if anyone has read this novel. It's probably the best war novel that I've read because it comes right from the Marine that was there on the islands of Peleliu and Okinawa.The author, E.B. Sedge, tells about his expirences from the time he enlisted into the Marine Corps up until his discharge.

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Re: "With The Old Breed"


Marine_Boy wrote:

I was wondering if anyone has read this novel. It's probably the best war novel that I've read because it comes right from the Marine that was there on the islands of Peleliu and Okinawa.The author, E.B. Sedge, tells about his expirences from the time he enlisted into the Marine Corps up until his discharge.



Hi, welcome!

Not to nitpick (I dunno if it was just a brainfart or anything), but Breed's a memoir, not a novel. I'm sure he might have gotten some details wrong, but I don't remember any scholarship pointing out any significant or deliberate distortions/omissions, anything like that.

I've actually never read the whole thing myself, but I've read large excerpts so many times over that I feel pretty familiar with it. You're right; it's one of the best primary resources for the soldier's experience in WWII in the Pacific. If you're interested in reading a fictional account of that same theater and similar experiences, I'd really recommend The Naked and the Dead, by Normal Mailer. Alternately, you could check out Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War, which covers the experience of soldiers in both theaters. The author, Paul Fussell, was also a marine who served in the Pacific, and he's an excellent literary scholar as well as a fair scholar of WWI and WWII. (His book, The Great War and Modern Memory, is one of the finest cultural histories of WWI.) He quotes extensively from Sledge in Wartime, while including numerous other resources. I imagine if you read it, you'll find him citing a lot of other books and authors that may interest you, and it could provide a good jumping-off point for lots of other stuff.

Also, if you're looking for more general war memoir stuff, Studs Terkel's The Good War is a nice oral history of WWII, taken from dozens of soldiers.
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Re: "With The Old Breed"

Thank you for correcting me.

I'll definitely look into The Naked and the Dead. Right now I'm reading Flashback; which is about post traumatic stress disorder and how it effects the suicide rates of veterans (primarily the Vietnam War).

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GrampaMike
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Semper Fi

 

Stong Men Armed by Robert Leckie is another good book simliar to The Old Breed