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on 18 April 2011
A very detailed documentary on the sacrifice that soldiers in the Pacific went through. I watched The Pacific by HBO and I fell in love with the characters. After seeing the action and blood spill on the battlefield. I fancied learning about what the people were like before and after the war. The documentary covers the whole of "Sledgehammer"s life from start to finish and his experience of the war.
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on 6 January 2011
The story of Eugene Sledge's part in the American involvement during the battles to oust the Japanese from the many island groups in the Pacific, which they had invaded and fortified, is one that will show how some people are destined to be classed as Heroes by their fellow man, although these men often consider themselves as just someone that was doing what was needed to be done at that particular time in the war.
To see just what this man had to go through, along with that experienced by his fellow U S Marines, makes you realise as to just how brave this man really was, seeing as to how they knew that at any moment they could be killed or seriously wounded, and only if they were lucky then they might just be able to survive everything that the enemy was doing to try to kill not only him, but also his fellow marines.
Due to Eugene Sledge writing some notes down in a small bible that he carried with him, of what he and his comrdes were involved in and thinking about, and as to what part his fellow marines played when they were fighting the Japanese during the many Pacific island battles, there would have been a large gap in the rest of the world knowing about how some men felt at facing death over such a long period of time, specially when their comrades were often being killed or seriously injured all around them, whilst involved in some of the most ferocious battles that they took part in.
Once again the story of this man, who survived to write about the time that he had spent fighting with his fellow US Marine Corp fighters, against the Japanes who had invaded many of the Pacific islands, did so mainly so that his fellow marines could have their story of heroism also told. His is a story that had to be told by someone who was actually there and took part in the fighting, not by some historian who put together their own interpretation of how they thought that some particular battle was fought, and who probably had never fired a weapon in anger at someone attempting to kill them.
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on 28 July 2012
Wow,brilliant book,watched the pacific series on DVD & was so interested in the story about the forgotten war in the Pacific & written by a marine.the DVD had veterans telling their version of events before each episode. The series was based on this book & another called helmet on my pillow by Robert Lecky.
This book is superb, not for the squeamish as it contains a first hand account of war & it's gruesome nature.
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on 15 July 2011
If you are looking for a Holywood Hero firing a heavy machine gun from the hip you wont find him here,this dvd is the late Eugene B Sledge telling of his time as a US Marine during the war in the pacific,he tells his story for his comrades who could not tell theirs,his own description is of a world of fear and filth,i can think of another word beginning with f followed by nightmare this was always coupled to a determination to prevail against a no less determined enemy and they did,Eugene B Sledge gave much to his country throughout his life he also gave the world one of the finest accounts of men in battle to be found,a very very moving film about a fine man.
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on 11 March 2013
A testament to the resilience and endurance of the "ordinary" fighting soldier. An account of one man's experiences in combat
against a ruthless enemy who had little time for mercy and the demands of the Geneva Convention. It is also the humbling
story of how a man who had seen so much savagery and suffering was able to adjust to what is means to be civilised and
humane in the life that followed. The author had many admirers, personal and professional, and it is easy to understand why.
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on 31 May 2011
intresting dvd fact based which is informative and gives an insight to the suffering endured by the 1st Marine Division and in paticular Eugene Sledge.
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on 5 October 2014
Very interesting because it shows interview with veteran but filmed/edited in American way: lots of show, little content. They could have extended the parts where veterans are talking but intead decided to fill the time with reenactments and soap-opera style of suspense. Still a good buy for people who are really interested in WW2 History.
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on 25 January 2015
A good insight into Sledgehammer. I also read his book "With the Old Breed" and again the Pacific mini series. Recommend all 3
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on 14 February 2015
good programme
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on 2 June 2014
Afer watching Pacific and getting a book on the subject. I bought this. Very well put togther documentory. Down side it was a bit short.
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