With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa - Chapter 2, Preparation for Combat Summary & Analysis

E. B. Sledge
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Chapter 2, Preparation for Combat Summary and Analysis

Sledge is housed in modern barracks at Camp Elliot and finds the entire experience satisfactory and even enjoyable. The non-commissioned officers who provide training are relaxed, confident, and encouraging. Compared to boot camp, Sledge finds infantry training enjoyable. Training focuses on combat tactics and weapon utilization. Surprised to be offered the choice, Sledge opts to specialize in 60mm mortar use. He is trained in the weapon and gains experience in the various roles including gun captain, assistant gunner, and ammunition carrier. The camp also offers extensive hand-to-hand fighting instruction, including judo and knife-fighting courses. Each marine is trained to use their Ka-Bar, or fighting knife. They are advised to not hesitate to fight "dirty" and are promised that they will need to know how to fight with a knife.

One day they meet some Bougainville...

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