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Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific
The men of HBO's The Pacific describe the ferocious battle for Peleliu,“an island on fire.”
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In conditions that tested the sanity of each man, 9,000 Marines attacked 10,000 battle-hardened Japanese soldiers dug into hundreds of fortified and reinforced coral and limestone caves. 28 days of unrelenting battle with no quarter asked or given. The Marines’ goal . . . to kill the enemy before they killed you.
The tale of Peleliu as told against a backdrop of archival film footage and photographs by Eugene B. Sledge (author of With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa and featured in Ken Burns’ film The War on PBS), Bill Leyden, R.V. Burgin, and Jay de l’Eau (all characterized in the HBO mini-series, The Pacific, March 2010, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Executive Producers) is as harrowing as any in the history of modern warfare. A battle of total annihilation fought in inhuman conditions. It must never be forgotten.