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

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Old Breed of Marine: A World War II Diary

The Old Breed of Marine: A World War II Diary

On Friday, August 7, 1942, at 1300, after a furious cannonading by the Navy fighting vessels slamming salvo after salvo into the shores, 36-year-old Marine Sergeant Abraham Felber jumped from a Higgins boat onto Beach Red in the first-wave assault on the deadly jungle island of Guadalcanal. Felber was responsible for writing the Record of Events for his unit, and recorded in meticulous detail the fighting that wrested Guadalcanal from the enemy in the skies, off the shores, and in the muddy jungles.

This work is part of the diary that Abraham Felber kept during his service in World War II. It begins with January 7, 1941, and ends with December 31, 1945. As the 1st Sergeant of Headquarters Battery, 11th Marines, Felber dealt with both officers and enlisted men, which exposed him to the perspectives and insights of both. Felber was also granted the unusual privilege of taking photographs during the Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester campaigns, some of which are published here for the first time. Felber's accounts of his units role in the combat at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester; his time at Guantanamo Bay, Parris Island and Camp Lejune; daily life, and other experiences are presented here as he recorded them.

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Half Breed Haven #3 Dark Rivals: A Lijuan Wilde- Western Tale of Suspense (The Wildes of the West) A wonder women of the Old West series

Half Breed Haven #3 Dark Rivals: A Lijuan Wilde- Western Tale of Suspense (The Wildes of the West) A wonder women of the Old West series

LIJUAN WILDE MUST DIE!

It was supposed to be a simple cattle buying trip until marauding cougars and a deranged cowgirl combine into lethal threats in a Lijuan Wilde adventure.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is only the beginning as a last-minute trip to an assayer’s shop finds Lijuan standing in the way of a murderous thief bent on sharing in the wealth of others and he doesn’t care who he has to kill to satisfy his greed.

Later traveling with Whip and Catalina to a distant ranch on a cattle buying trip, following a tryst with the ranch’s sexy foreman, Lijuan finds herself in the midst of an insane cowgirl’s fatal attraction. It’s hellion versus hellcat as Lijuan finally meets her match as the pair square off and only Lijuan’s death can end their dark rivalry.

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.

Dark Rivals is the latest installment of a female lead novel series featuring a solo (more or less) Wilde sibling 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 #3!


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Half Breed Haven #2-In Danger's Shadow: A Cassandra Wilde Western Adventure (The Wildes of the West) -Wonder women of the Old West Series

Half Breed Haven #2-In Danger's Shadow: A Cassandra Wilde Western Adventure (The Wildes of the West) -Wonder women of the Old West Series

IT’S DARING ESCAPES, HEARTACHES AND PRISON BREAKS FOR ONE OF THE FOUR WONDER WOMEN OF THE OLD WEST IN A CASSANDRA WILDE ADVENTURE

A sudden deadly encounter with an old west style serial killer is only the beginning as Cassandra prepares to take on a new assignment. Dispatched to the dusty town of Leland Gulch she goes undercover in a notorious dance hall to investigate nefarious activities that appear to have led to the murder of a fellow lawman.

Unexpectedly Cassie finds herself drawn into a passionate encounter with the dance hall’s piano player. Tragedy follows triumph and as Cassandra seeks to return home to her sisters at Cedar Ledge events unfold that finds her on the run from the law as she attempts to prove the innocence of a sexy and handsome escaped convict. At stake is her freedom and even her very life as she once more places herself in danger’s shadow.

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.

In Danger’s Shadow is the latest installment of a female lead novel series featuring a solo (more or less) Wilde sibling 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 #1!

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