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Download Helmet For My Pillow 107 Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Read & Download Helmet For My Pillow Ody inch Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy Helmet for My Pillow is a gripping account from an ordinary soldier fighting in extraordinary conditions This is a book that brings you as close to the mud the blood and the experience of war as it is safe to comeHelmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem Robert Leckie's theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific written in the graceful imagery of a human being who somehow survived Tom Hanks. So many HIGH marks for this book however not me Too many flowery words used in this true WW2 story

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Download Helmet For My Pillow 107 Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Read & Download Helmet For My Pillow Now the inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFICHere is one of the most riveting first person accounts to ever come out of the Second World War Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942 In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey from boot camp on Parris Island South Carolina all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Divisio. I recently read the analog to this book With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge about many of the same Marine engagements in the South Pacific during WWII I thought HFMP would be a rehash of the same but its told by a different kind of writer While Sledge is thoughtful simple in his prose and sees most things through a moral lens Robert Leckie is profane writes brilliantly and celebrates situational morality he and his fellow jarheads carouse callously in Melbourne steal from each other in combat display no sensitivity to death fake illness to be removed from combat and bitterly hate both the enemy and their own officers Nevertheless both are truly powerful The myth of the greatest generation has been flogged ad nauseum and I ve partaken in it my own father flew B 24s in the Palaus but after these two fine books I see these men as they truly were young scared soldiers who were asked to do the most terrible things mankind is capable of sometimes wilfully sadly and they were necessarily scarred thereby Sledge went on to a uiet life as a college biology professor Leckie became a prolific novelist 40 or Both survived into their 80s and both from what I ve gathered were fine upstanding men after the WarBut only Sledge s weaknesses were not hardened by the War He entered the Marines an honest good boy experienced horror rejected it as best he could and left it behind when the War was over He never put the uniform on againFrom Leckie s book I wonder Was he able to do the same Unless his book is full of hyperbole which I doubt he and Sledgehammer were in the same conflict on Peleliu his casual acceptance of the brutality in which they engaged HAD to have devastating longterm conseuences for his own lifeThere is no GOOD war from the soldier on the ground s perspective the only good war is a short war where you survive and Robert Leckie suffered through the entire endless Pacific campaign My heart goes out to his suffering privations and the inevitable damage he suffered indeed Leckie himself wonders in the book who was hurt those who died or those who lived Yet his own moral failings which undoubtedly preceded the War reveal his lack of true understanding of the conflict the book s epilogue is a meditation about the wrongfulness of the atom bomb yet Leckie had to know the projected American casualty rates had we invaded Japan itself Leckie might have been one of the men on those beaches facing tens of thousands of fanatical emperor worshipers His lack of comprehension that the atom bomb saved untold American AND Japanese lives betrays a moral blindness that is the root cause of his many smaller moral failings he so eagerly and definitively recounts in the book In addition HFMP was published than ten years after the end of WWII and the horror of the atom bomb had kept the peace until then It still keeps the peace today our conflicts are sporadic and small There are no wars any where 7000 men die in a fortnightTrue war still exists and probably always will I don t believe in the perfectablility of man and therefore have little hope he will improve drastically in my lifetime Leckie and Sledge saw the proof of this in dramatic unforgettable terms and both lived to tell about it Both men exhibited courage and honor but only Sledge proved that War doesn t always bring out the worst in a man as wellNevertheless this book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the serious student of WWII or any war for that matter

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Download Helmet For My Pillow 107 Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Read & Download Helmet For My Pillow N and the brutal action on Guadalcanal New Britain and Peleliu Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifice of war painting an unsentimental portrait of how real warriors are made fight and all too often die in the defence of their countryFrom the live for today rowdiness of Marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man Leckie describes what it's really like when victory can only be measured inch by blo. Those of you that are my GR friends or simply follow my reviews know that I have a fondness for those histories that recount the experiences of the common man that lives through the great events that history memorializes I especially enjoy reading about the exploits of the common frontline soldier in any history of any battle or war When I found this book I gladly placed it on my TBR shelf expecting it to add to my knowledge of the ordeal that was WWII in the Pacific Several years ago I read Adam Makos book Voices of the Pacific and was uite moved by it I expected this book to do the same and it did but it was also a different perspective of the same experiences and the same eventsHelmet For My Pillow is an autobiographical tale about a journalist that volunteers for the Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor Voices of the Pacific is a collection of the stories of several Marines and biographical and anecdotal in scope and far graphic and at times horrific Helmet is very different even though both books detail much of the same experiences and events You would expect any book written by a Marine veteran about his war time experiences would be written in coarse graphic detail and peppered with profanity but that is not the case with this book and that is one of the things that surprised me about the book and its author The author s prose is astonishing at times Parts of this book read like an epic poem and in other portions the author lapses into thoughtful reflections about life and death war heroes victims and the worth of it all This is a combat Marine veteran and his words are freuently haunting I can only speculate that these thoughts and words are the result of Mr Leckie s experiences and the memories he has of those men with whom he lived those experiences and especially the men that didn t return This is a very moving book and for reasons I did not expect If you would like to know what it was like for a civilian to enter the Marines at the beginning of WWII and go through Boot Camp then further training only to then be shipped off to the Pacific to endure a combat experience never before known then this book is something you should pick up and read Probably the most unsettling difference between the Army s war in Europe and the Marine s war in the Pacific was that in the Pacific there was no safe rear area In Europe troops could be regularly rotated to the rear for RR while in the Pacific that wasn t possible The Marines were on the line and in jeopardy for months at a time without rest and their war was truly a hell on earth ordeal This book will help the reader understand what we owe those men


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    Read & Download Helmet For My Pillow Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie I recently read the analog to this book With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge about many of the same Marine engagements in the South Pacific dur

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    Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie The Pacific Theatre in World War II is not as well known to armchair historians for a number of reasons among them the much larger collection of works about the war in Europe Toss in the non linear aspect of campaigns which hopped f

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    Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Helmet for my Pillow is uite unlike other biographical accounts of war that I have read It does not delve into the technical nor does it have the staccato like narration I usually relate with history specially war In using nicknames instead of military rankings the author reminds readers that they who fought bravely were just ordinary men By chronicling their escapades on the islands and in Australia he show

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    Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie Those of you that are my GR friends or simply follow my reviews know that I have a fondness for those histories that recount the experiences of the common man that lives through the great events that history memorializes I especially enjoy reading about the exploits of the common frontline soldier in any history of any battle or

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    Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie I am not now have never been previously and most likely never will be a big fan of the first person accounts of any war At h

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    Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie So many HIGH marks for this book however not me Too many flowery words used in this true WW2 story

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    Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie Sometimes other readers elaborate my thoughts on a book so well that I can't but link to their review and for Helmet for my Pillow I think this review sums them up bestHaving also read Eugene B Sledge's memoir before Leckie's I pretty much agree with Kenny Kemp's points in comparing both with the exception that I don't think Leckie writes brilliantly On the contrary I think he's a passable writer and writes lik

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    Helmet For My Pillow (E–pub READ) ✓ Robert Leckie Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Wish I'd read this earlier many many years ago It's a wonderful book about one individual Marine's rifleman's experience in WWII The entire book is worthwhile but I found I was particularly fascinated and enad by the lengthy passage recalling the Marines' extraordinary efforts during the Guadalcanal campaign Great stuffOK OK it's

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    Robert Leckie ¾ 7 Download Download Þ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Robert Leckie Read & Download Helmet For My Pillow After reading Eugene Sledge's book on his experiences in WWII I finally picked up Robert Leckie's book as well these two were a majority of the basis used for the Pacific series that was on HBO several years go

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  • 20 November 2020
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