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Comparisons
Rozzer Rozzer May 31, 2012 04:41AM
How do you think Junger stands up to Sledge's "With the Old Breed: at Pelelieu and Okinawa"?
To me Junger seems characteristic of the German attitude toward combat and Sledge characteristic of the American attitude. It's interesting to me that there's so much difference.



I agree with you if you factor in a time constraint. Junger's views represent the German attitude from 1917 to 1945. Sledge's views are representative through the Vietnam War. The change to a professional military altered US attitudes in my mind.

Sledge spoke at Marine Corps leadership forums for a number of years prior to his death. What a gentlemen! There was a steel core to him though that came out when he spoke to us.


Both of these books are must-reads if you are into first-hand accounts of war, despite being so markedly different.


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