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on 16 January 2012
If you've read the Old Breed then you will need to read this. It's a short book on Mr E Sledges experiences whilst occupying Beijing just after WW2, It also talks about his experiences in trying to adjust to civilian life in the US the effects of Post Traumatic Syndrome and how it effected his outlook on life and the effect it had on those around him.
Overpriced for the size of the book and perhaps it should be a part of the Old Breed just as the author originally intended however it is essential reading well written and honest so I am pleased I paid for it.
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on 3 September 2011
Brilliant follow on from Eugene's Pacific exploits, really well written and informative what that man and his comrades went through is unbeleivable what courage and sheer fear must have been endured, a brilliant book
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on 26 April 2012
The book lives up to its press reviews and gives a ground-level and apolital view of ordinary life of some of China's city population in the uncertain post-war years, as witnessed by a sympathetic and caring American serviceman fresh from horrific action in the Pacific Theatre. Highly recommended.
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on 28 September 2012
China Marine is the second book by E.B.Sledge With The Old Breed At Peleliu And Okinawa being his memoirs from his time being in the marine infantry.Each book is totally different With The Old Breed covers the horrors of being under constant fire on the front line and the daily grind of survival to China Marine as a occupation force in China after the end of the Second World War in the Pacific and then to Slegde's arrival home to Mobile Alabama and his fight to return to civilian life after more than two years away serving in First Marines of K Company Third Battalion Fifth Regiment.A very good read as he had to fight another war of nightmare demons and adjust to life and people who could not understand what war was like,give 8 out of 10 score with my review.
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on 27 September 2013
Eugene Sledge doesn't use overly complicated writing techniques; he tells his story in the most honest, uncomplicated, down-to-earth way possible. This simplicity is what made his first book, With The Old Breed, such an interesting read.
However, with the brutality and horror of the pacific theater's bloodiest battles behind him, Sledge's thoughts on post-war China are, bluntly, much less compelling than his combat experiences. While written in the same signature manner, China Marine is overshadowed by its predecessor.
As a book of post-war china, and the only one of the post-war Marine corps, the book is a history that merits full marks. As a general read, especially for those who have read With the Old Breed, it is simply boring. With some memorable moments, including a Japanese war-dog attack and an uncomfortable reunion with Mac, Sledge's hated platoon leader from Okinawa, I push my score up from two stars to three. I would not read it again.
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on 30 May 2012
EB Sledge's book with the Old Breed is no doubt one of the best books written on the Pacfic. This finishes the story with an interesting account of the occupation in China and his adjustment to civilian life.
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on 3 May 2012
I liked how Mr. Sledge wrote about his very personal experiences in Beijing and surroundings, after the horrible battles he survived in Japan. Since I read myself a lot about this subject Asia, I think it a realistic view of the poor lifes Chinese people had to suffer at that time
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