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Helmet For My Pillow Illustrated Edition

Helmet For My Pillow  Illustrated Edition  Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
Release : 2015-11-06
ISBN : 1786252031
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Includes over 220 photos, maps and plans following Robert “Lucky” Leckie’s Pacific War with the 1st Marine Division “Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training 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 Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country. From 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 war is really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Woven throughout are Leckie’s hard-won, eloquent, and thoroughly unsentimental meditations on the meaning of war and why we fight. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will leave no reader untouched. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come.”-Print Ed.

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Ravenio Books
Release : 2021-07-24
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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To be a Marine is to subscribe to the idea that nothing in war is impossible—including the writing of books. Now, after years have passed and the jungle has reclaimed the scenes, comes this engaging story of a young man's personal adventures with the vast and ultimately overwhelming forces that defeated him. This is an old story, but it is told in a fresh and lovely voice. Robert Leckie writes with charm, with personal humility, with humor, with a rare gift for capturing all that is human in the most inhuman of man's activities. He makes no bones about it—the war is what happened to him. The point of view is not the grand strategy of victory, but the immediate tactic of personal survival. By turns a boot, a machine gunner on Guadalcanal, a liberty hound in Australia, an intelligence scout on Peleliu—briefly a self-styled "brig rat" subsisting on bread and water and finally a casualty—Private Leckie fought the enlisted man's battle. "Helmet for My Pillow" is the sort of book a man might write for his children, saying, in effect: "This is the way I remember it. The time I killed three Japs while on patrol. The day I went AWOL. The way it is for a man to die. And these are the men I knew—Captain Dreadnought, Lieutenant Commando, Pvt. Chuckler, Major Major-Share, Filthy Fred—some of them heroes, some cowards, some living, some dead but all inexorably part of my life." For Mr. Leckie writes of his companions as though they might be characters in a morality play—as, indeed, they were. Like most Marines, he both loved and hated the Corps—loved it for the arrogance with which it relegated to itself the tough assignments; hated it for the sacrificial demands that were made on the individual soldier. There is no sentimentalism here, no gratuitous brutality; in the end, of course, it is a success story, for the irony of war is that injustice is not incompatible with victory. And how do you know when you've won? Mr. Leckie's answer deserves quoting: "An officer's mess is one of the surest barometers of military success. So long as the officers continue to pig it with the men, there is danger of defeat. But once the officer's mess appears—raised almost on the bodies of the foe, contrived of sticks or pieces of canvas or perhaps only an imaginary line like a taboo—once this appears, and caste is restored, we know that victory is ours." —THE NEW YORK TIMES

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2018-01-31
ISBN : 9781977052308
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!" Leon Uris Robert Leckie signed up for service with the United States Marines on January 5, 1942. Wake Island had fallen and America was still reeling from the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. This vivid and personal account of one marine's journey through the course of the war in the Pacific in World War Two. Leckie provides vivid, and at times humorous, details of his training in South Carolina, through to being assigned to first terrifying duties as a fighting marine. He was thrust into the heat of battle at Guadalcanal before seeing action across many islands of the Pacific until he was eventually wounded and evacuated from the island of Peleliu. Yet this fascinating autobiography is not simply about Leckie's fighting life over the duration of the war as it also records the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers, the adventures that he enjoyed during his time off service in Melbourne, Australia, along with the day to day life of a normal marine. "Helmet 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 This work is essential reading for anyone interested in uncovering the voice of a true marine who saw some of the bloodiest battles of World War Two. Along with E. B. Sledge's With the Old Breed: At Peleiu and Okinawa this book formed the basis for the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Robert Leckie was an American author and historian. His service with the 1st Marine Division in World War Two as a machine gunner and a scout greatly influenced his later work. Helmet for my Pillow was first published in 1957 and Leckie passed away in 2001.

Helmet for my Pillow

Helmet for my Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2010-06-16
ISBN : 1407099647
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of World War 2. 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 Division 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 country. From 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 bloody inch. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow tells the gripping true story of 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 come. 'Helmet 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

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1965
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Ibooks
Release : 2001
ISBN : 9780743413077
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An eyewitness and participant in some of the greatest battles in the Pacific during World War II offers this vivid account of combat and survival as a U.S. Marine.

Challenge for the Pacific

Challenge for the Pacific Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Bantam
Release : 2010-10-26
ISBN : 0553908243
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From Robert Leckie, the World War II veteran and New York Times bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, whose experiences were featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, comes this vivid narrative of the astonishing six-month campaign for Guadalcanal. From the Japanese soldiers’ carefully calculated—and ultimately foiled—attempt to build a series of impregnable island forts on the ground to the tireless efforts of the Americans who struggled against a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the agony, and the heat of twenty-four-hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal. Combatants from both sides are brought to life: General Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike force; Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval general whose innovative strategy was tested; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to uncover the enemy’s plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with astonishing ease. Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was truly the turning point of the war. Challenge for the Pacific is an unparalleled, authoritative account of this great fight that forever changed our world.

PACIFIC HELMET FOR MY PILLOW WITH THE OLD BREED COLLECTION

PACIFIC  HELMET FOR MY PILLOW   WITH THE OLD BREED COLLECTION  Book
Author : HUGH. LECKIE AMBROSE (ROBERT. SLEDGE, EUGENE B.)
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2011
ISBN : 9781780812496
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download PACIFIC HELMET FOR MY PILLOW WITH THE OLD BREED COLLECTION book written by HUGH. LECKIE AMBROSE (ROBERT. SLEDGE, EUGENE B.), available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Bantam Books
Release : 1989-04-01
ISBN : 9780553282658
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An eyewitness and participant in some of the greatest battles in the Pacific during World War II offers this vivid account of combat and survival as a U.S. Marine.

The General

The General Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Bantam
Release : 1991
ISBN : 9780553295580
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From Robert Leckie, accaliamed military historian and bestelling author of classics such as Helmet for My Pillow, and Marines! comes this epic novel of the mking of an extraordinary American general. Mark Duggan was a man born to lead. As a second lieutenant during the Spanish American War, his heroic exploits made him a military legend. His bravery in the bloody trenches of World War I made him a national hero. When war broke out again for the United States in 1941, General Mark Duggan was the natural choice to lead the offensive against the Japanese in the Pacific. There the general would turn a shattering defeat in the Philippines into one of the most dramatic victories in military history. But it was during the bitter standoff on the Korean peninsula that Duggan would face his greatest struggle: a vicious fight to the finish against an American president fearful of triggering World War III. The General is a gripping, fast-paced portrait of a man whose public arrogance enraged presidents, whose private passions scandalized his family, but whose battlefield brilliance and unyielding courage under fire was indispensible in a world at war.

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Tantor Media Incorporated
Release : 2014-05-09
ISBN : 9781400190508
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The true, incredible story of the U.S. Marines in World War II--the toughest fighting men the world has ever seen, in their finest hour.

The Battle for Iwo Jima

The Battle for Iwo Jima Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Ibooks
Release : 2004-08-01
ISBN : 9781596872462
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Iwo Jima is one of the most famous battles in World War II, and the greatest battle fought by the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. From that battle came the most famous image of the war, the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. Robert Leckie, the bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow has written an extraordinary story of one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history.

Strong Men Armed

Strong Men Armed Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2010-02-09
ISBN : 0306818922
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Strong Men Armed relates the U.S. Marines' unprecedented, relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II, from Guadalcanal to Okinawa, detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinction -- and did. (All but three of the Marines' victories required the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force.) As scout and machine-gunner for the First Marine Division, the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at Peleliu. Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re-create the nightmarish battles. The result is both an exciting chronicle and a moving tribute to the thousands of men who died in reeking jungles and on palm-studded beaches, thousands of miles from home and fifty years before their time, of whom Admiral Chester W. Nimitz once said, "Uncommon valor was a common virtue."Strong Men Armed includes over a dozen maps, a chronology of the war in the Pacific, the Marine Medal of Honor Winners in World War II, and Marine Corps aces in World War II.

Okinawa

Okinawa Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 1996-07-01
ISBN : 1101196297
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries. Former Marine and Pacific War veteran Robert Leckie tells the story of the invasion of Okinawa, the closing battle of World War II. Leckie is a skilled military historian, mixing battle strategy and analysis with portraits of the men who fought on both sides to give the reader a complete account of the invasion. Lasting 83 days and surpassing D-Day in both troops and material used, the Battle of Okinawa was a decisive victory for the Allies, and a huge blow to Japan. In this stirring and readable account, Leckie provides a complete picture of the battle and its context in the larger war.

Delivered from Evil

Delivered from Evil Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
Release : 1987
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This political and military history of World War II traces the global conflict from its origins in the 1920s and 1930s to Japan's final surrender in 1945.

Conflict

Conflict Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Da Capo Press
Release : 1996-08-22
ISBN : 9780306807169
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In June 1950 Communist forces poured across the 38th Parallel (the arbitrary, militarily indefensible line of latitude separating the Communist North from the independent Republic of Korea) to unite the country by force. Three bloody, bitter years of fighting ensued during which the seesawing fortunes of this frustrating war thwarted North Korea's ambitions while treating the ill-equipped, overconfident UN peacekeeping forces, mostly Americans, no less harshly. Conflict examines the war in all its military, political, and human dimensions: the battles at Pusan Perimeter, at Inchon, at Chosin Reservoir, at Heartbreak Ridge; significant figures like Syngman Rhee, Kim Il Sung, Ridgway, MacArthur, and Truman; controversies like MacArthur's dismissal, the difficulties of P.O.W. exchanges, and charges of brainwashing and germ warfare; as well as penetrating analyses of the performance of the American soldier, and the war's effect on the U.S. military and our national psyche. As such, Conflict stands as an unsurpassed, vivid contribution to history.

The Story of World War II

The Story of World War II  Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers
Release : 1964
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Describes the events of World War II, from Germany's invasion of Poland to the end of the titanic conflict in the Pacific.

From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Harpercollins
Release : 1993
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Looks at the administrations from Jefferson to Polk, and describes how the country expanded

Forged in Blood

Forged in Blood Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : Signet
Release : 1982
ISBN : 9780451113375
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Forged in Blood book written by Robert Leckie, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The Wars of America

The Wars of America Book
Author : Robert Leckie
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
Release : 1981
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Wars of America is a dramatic and compelling narrative history by an outstanding military historian of America's armed conflicts and the political, cultural and economic factors behind them since the earliest explorers and settlers arrived on this continent. First published in 1968, It was revised and updated in 1981 to include the Vietnam War. It has now been updated to include all the events of the last ten years in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, and the victory over Iraq in the Persian Gulf by United Nations forces under the command of General Norman Schwarzkopf. A final chapter analyzes the self-destruction of the European communist world in the summer and fall of 1991, including the collapse of the hard-line Soviet government and the upheavals in Yugoslavia, and speculates on the meaning of these developments on America's future. Leckie not only stresses those personal aspects of war that make it the most intense and contradictory of our experiences. In the new chapters he shows how, while operating in a quintessentially American tradition, our military and political leaders applied the tragic lessons learned in the war in Southeast Asia against North Vietnam by changing from a conscripted to a volunteer army, thus leading the way to better training methods, higher morale, and far better performance on the battlefield. Combining dramatic narrative with sound reference material, The Wars of America is essential for anyone who wishes to understand America at war.