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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

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George Wilson

14 Hours 39 Minutes

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April 2010

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This modern classic of military history has been called 'one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read' by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during WWII, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge's experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater. On Peleliu and Okinawa the action was extremely fierce. Amidst oppressive heat and over land obliterated by artillery shells, the combat raged ferociously. Casualties were extreme on both sides, and by the time the Americans had broken through at Okinawa, more than 62,000 Japanese soldiers were dead. Against military policy, Sledge scribbled notes and jammed them into his copy of the New Testament. Those notes form the backbone of what Navy Times said 'has been called the best World War II memoir of an enlisted man.' The rich tones of narrator George Wilson enhance the drama of this frank and astonishing chronicle.

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  • Steve D.

    This is one of the best if not the best book I have ever listened to! As a vet myself I can’t imagine being there and going through what those marines and the other men went through all great men I salute you all!

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  • Ray J.

    Great listen

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  • Anonymous

    One of the best audio books I have listened to. What these men went through for our freedom is unimaginable. They were truly the greatest generation. This book should be mandatory reading because it will help its readers to never take our freedom and flag for granted.

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  • John D.

    Well read. Great story.

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  • Anonymous

    It is good.

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  • Chris A.

    This is a must read for anyone who wants an honest account about the island battles in the Pacific.

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  • Anonymous

    good book!

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  • Keith K.

    Fantastic. You feel like you’re there. Makes you understand why they’re called the greatest generation!

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  • Philip H.

    Great book. Realize what a horrible meat grinder the Pacific theater was in WWII. Thank you to all of the vets who served there. You have my grateful respect.

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  • Joe M.

    Wow what a great book! A must read. An eye opener to what the vets of WW2 went through. We take so much for granted. After reading this you will thank vets for their service, and given us freedom.

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