Posted on January 24, 2010
Eugene Sledge recounts his time in the Pacific during WWII. Makes Abu Graib look like tea time. Read his great book: With the Old Breed.
This entry was posted in Books, War and tagged Eugene Sledge, War, WWII.
Because of your interest in Gene Sledge, I thought you might be interested in the following.
Kenwood Productions’ award-winning documentary film, Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific, is being released in DVD (produced in 1991, it has been long unavailable). Against a backdrop of rare archival film footage and photographs, the story of the Battle of Peleliu is told as never before by E. B. Sledge (author of With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa and featured in Ken Burns’ film The War, seen on PBS, and the upcoming HBO mini-series The Pacific), Bill Leyden, R. V. Burgin, and Jay de l’Eau (who are also characterized in The Pacific.) HBO licensed portions of Kenwoods’ exclusive Eugene Sledge interview to support their production of the The Pacific.
Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific tells the true story of the men of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and the ferocious Battle of Peleliu, “an island on fire.” In conditions that tested the sanity of each man, 9,000 Marines attacked 10,000 battle-hardened Japanese soldiers dug into hundreds of fortified and reinforced coral and limestone caves. Twenty-eight days of unrelenting battle with no quarter asked or given.
The Battle of Peleliu is as harrowing as any in the history of modern warfare. A battle of total annihilation fought in inhuman conditions.
To see film clips and get more information on this, and other Kenwood Productions’ films, go to http://www.americanherofilm.com.
After viewing the clips, we hope you’ll agree with the viewers who said the film “should be required viewing by every veteran or enthusiast” and “hearing the veterans speak and tell their stories was so powerful, it was all woven together with excellent narration and footage. Just hearing Eugene Sledge tell his stories is priceless.” Historian Paul Fussel wrote “One of the cassettes [of Peleliu 1944] I’m donating to the Imperial War Museum here so that the British will have some idea of the costs of the Pacific war. The other I’ll treasure forever, and with thanks always to you and to Gene Sledge.”
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-contacting us for a review copy
-or, simply letting your site visitors know of Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific.
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So it was OK to nuke Japan after they attacked US soil and killed 2500 Americans, but the 9/11 attacks only justify us ‘policing’ Afghanistan.
Naturally I am only posing a philosophical question, and my views do not represent NBC, its affiliates, member stations, nor the city of LA, but I must ask:
Why can’t we just nuke Afghanistan?
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