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With the Old Breed: The World War Two Pacific Classic (Pacific TV Tie in)
With the Old Breed: The World War Two Pacific Classic (Pacific TV Tie in)
by Eugene B Sledge
Edition: Paperback

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth the rave reviews, 20 Oct 2010
The Old Breed has had such unequivocally rave reviews since the mini series came out that one feels almost ashamed to swim against the populist tide.I saw the series, read the book reviews, and bought the book. Was I disappointed? No. Is it all it's cracked up to be? Well, yes and no. The book gives a very good description of the fighting in the South Pacific; of the American enlisted man's prespective of it(they never saw a map - that was for officers); and of the day to day routine (if such a term can be used) of what must have been a hellish experience. If you want to know about these things it's an excellent book and I highly recommend it. But if you're looking for a book that ranks alongside All Quiet on the Western Front, Chickenhawk, The Sorrow of War, or Dunn's The War the Infantry Knew, you'll probably be disappointed. A good book but sadly not up there with the best of them.
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The War The Infantry Knew: 1914-1919: A Chronicle of Service in France and Belgium (History Greats)
The War The Infantry Knew: 1914-1919: A Chronicle of Service in France and Belgium (History Greats)
by Captain J.C. Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive account, 7 Oct 2009
When I read this book, what struck me most was how far removed my own 21st century attitudes towards life, death, service, etc, were from those of the author. Not only is this book a wonderful account of day to day life in the trenches, it's probably the only book I've ever read that has given me insight into why the war was fought, and more importantly, how it continued to be fought for 4 years, despite the incredible level of casualties, death, and social dislocation. Unlike a lot of modern books on WW1, in this book you are hearing the genuine voices of the people who fought it...as they saw it AT THE TIME. I can't recommend this book highly enough to any student of warfare, and WW1 in particular.


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