The HBO Series The Pacific, based on E. B. Sledge’s book With The Old Breed, was very educational and I enjoyed the stories and lessons. After watching it, I purchased the book right away.
With The Old Breed, one Marine’s detailed story about fighting the Japanese at Peleliu and Okinawa during World War Two. “Sledgehammer” (K/3/5) does a superb job of describing the war as experienced by a combat Marine. His stories are so detailed, he really paints the scene, holding nothing back for his readers.
You’ll be amazed at the heroic deeds and sacrifices the Marines (and Corpsmen) made during these campaigns.
I highly recommend picking up a copy. If you’ve already read it, feel free to comment with your thoughts.