A friend lent me a copy of the book With the Old Breed several months ago. I had just started another book, so it sat on my shelf until a couple of weeks ago.
I was a bit intimidated by the book at first, because the type was small and I assumed it was going to be a history lessen in some obscure details about the Marines. I was wrong. Almost immediately I was sucked into the unfolding story of a young man thrust into the horrors of war.
With the Old Breed is the memoir of E. B. Sledge, a marine who fought in some of the worst battles of the Pacific in WWII. It’s a fascinating look at the harsh realities they faced and the mental and physical extremes they endured.
It’s raw, honest and gripping…yet at times it’s tough to read–the author describes some of the horrors of war. He doesn’t do this in a sensational way, or to exploit the events, but he does so to shed light on the intense circumstances they faced and reveal the often overlooked realities of their experiences.
For someone who hasn’t done a lot of study on WWII, I found this to be an insightful and compelling read. I highly recommend it. Pick it up at amazon.com.
Immediately after finishing the book, I started searching for other information about the book and it’s author. I found the following clip on youtube. It’s part 1 (I believe you can find the rest by viewing this playlist) of a History channel show that documents E. B. Sledge and his experiences.