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#1 usmce4

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 10:37 AM

After watching "The Pacific" many times and reading all the smaller books about the 1st Marine Division I finally splurged and bought a first edition copy of "The Old Breed" (McMillan).

I'm only just getting into it, but I'm enjoying it. It's so far got a lot of interesting facts I never knew, for example, they had barely more than one month from the time they were ordered to invade Guadalcanal to the invasion date. That they managed that is in itself is an amazing accomplishment.

It's loaded with amusing anecdotes too.

 

Did anybody else enjoy it?

 

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#2 ww2marine

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 11:34 AM

Yeah, that's a great book. Id recommend picking the books for the other 5 divisions too if you get the chance. They are invaluable for a USMC historian.



#3 tdogchristy90

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 11:50 AM

Yep, I very much enjoyed it. A reading memory I won't soon forget.

#4 JasonT

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 03:50 PM

You just reminded me I still really need to read this. I got a copy just a short while ago as a gift. I've always heard it's one of the greatest books you can read for not just WWII USMC, but in US military in general.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 02:24 PM

Great read, full of 1st person accounts makes it one of those books you don't want to put down.

#6 Pudgy (V)

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 06:18 PM

That book is awesome. One of the best WWII books written. I liked it so much, I had to find a first edition myself. I actually found one that was signed personally by Eugene Sledge. I don't think there were that many books printed in the first edition, I think they are some what rare. Nobody ever thought that book would become part of a 10 part mini series.

#7 M422A1

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 06:28 PM

Are we talking about "With The Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge or "The Old Breed", the official history of the First Marine Division?

#8 Jim Baker

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 11:31 AM

Yeah, that's a great book. Id recommend picking the books for the other 5 divisions too if you get the chance. They are invaluable for a USMC historian.

 

Agreed, I have all 6 first editions.  Great reading and well worth the investment.



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 12:32 PM

worth the price best ever



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 12:38 PM

I am at 1st div-4th div so far, hope to pick up 5th and 6th soon to have the complete set!

 

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