Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

By Robert Leckie

This is probably the most riveting first-person bills ever to come back out of global conflict II. Robert Leckie enlisted within the usa Marine Corps in January 1942, presently after the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we persist with his odyssey, from easy education on Parris Island, South Carolina, all of the approach to the raging battles within the Pacific, the place a number of the war’s fiercest battling came about. Recounting his provider with the first Marine department and the brutal motion on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no aspect of the horrors and sacrifices of warfare, portray an unvarnished portrait of ways genuine warriors are made, struggle, and infrequently die within the safety in their country. 

    From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on depart to the terrors of jungle conflict opposed to an enemy decided to struggle to the final guy, Leckie describes what battle is basically like while victory can basically be measured inch by means of bloody inch. Woven all through are Leckie’s hard-won, eloquent, and punctiliously unsentimental meditations at the which means of warfare and why we struggle. remarkable in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will go away no reader untouched. this can be a e-book that brings you as with reference to the dust, the blood, and the adventure of battle because it is secure to come.

Now manufacturers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, the boys behind Band of Brothers, have tailored fabric from Helmet for My Pillow for HBO’s epic miniseries The Pacific, so one can thrill and edify a complete new iteration.

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Then all have been carried off on vehicles. I by no means observed mine back till I lower back to the States. From that day forward—save for short periods in Australia—we lived out of our packs, the one strive against pack in regards to the dimension of a transportable typewriter case. We have been less than orders to hold in simple terms our guns and a prescribed volume of garments; in particular, no liquor. an afternoon prior to we left I controlled to get into Jacksonville, the place I pawned my suitcase for sufficient funds to shop for pints of whiskey. the 2 flat bottles have been in my pack, difficult and hot opposed to my again, once we clambered aboard the teach. We accomplished them that evening, while the porter had made our beds and all used to be darkish in our Pullman vehicle. sure, we traveled by means of Pullman and we had a porter. We ate in a eating motor vehicle, too, and the porter can be bribed to fetch us a turkey sandwich at evening. It was once a superb method to experience off to warfare, just like the Russian nobleman in warfare and Peace who dashed off to the fray in a good-looking carriage, gazing Borodino from a hillock whereas his manservant brewed tea in a silver samovar. We had a jovial porter. He enjoyed to josh the Texan, newly arrived in our platoon. as soon as, he overheard the Texan making considered one of his tall Texas boasts. “Hell,” the porter laughed, “dat Texas so dried up a rabbit doan dare go with no he hold a field lunch and canteen. ” A roar of laughter rose round the blushing Texan, and the porter retired grinning fortunately. Our spirits have been excessive and our hearts gentle as we rode throughout the US. Our speak used to be packed with the air-sea conflict of halfway, which had simply been fought, and we have been filled with admiration for the marine and military pilots who had stopped the japanese. commonly we performed poker or watched the nation-state flowing prior. To me, who had by no means been west of Pittsburgh, virtually each waking second was once one in every of excessive pleasure. This was once my kingdom. i used to be seeing it for the 1st time and that i drew it into me, the following in its grandeur, back within the tender great thing about a mountain just like the curve of a cheek, within the vastness of its plains or the bounty of the fields. i can't recollect it all and, now, I remorse that I took no notes. There are just blurs and snatches … sadness at crossing the Mississippi at evening, purely the effect of a very good wetness and the mild sway of the railroad barge underneath us … the wonderful thing about the Ozarks, eco-friendly woods swelling to a delicate blue sky, with the White River jumping instantly and fresh like a lance underneath them, and the single hill with the pass on the crest, stretching its gaunt palms like an entreaty … the Rockies (Where used to be the grandeur? have been we too shut? ) seeming like peaks of vanilla ice cream down which coursed nice runnels of chocolate sauce, yet no grandeur, merely after we had reached the heights and will glance again, gasping … ah, yet right here it really is, now, this is the luxurious West, this is the Colorado River thrusting during the Royal Gorge in a single white, frothing immediate … up, up, up in Nevada, the teach mountain climbing like an exceptional dignified curler coaster, after which the sweeping ascent into California and the sunlight.

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