With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa Topics for Discussion

E. B. Sledge
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Shortly after victory at Peleliu, the surviving participants wondered openly if capturing the island was strategically or tactically necessary. After reading the book's description of larger events in the Pacific theater, do you think that the assault on Peleliu was a strategic blunder?

World War II ended with the use of atomic weapons by the United States of America. Since that time, many have criticized the use of atomic weapons as immoral. After reading about the assault on Okinawa and the preparations to invade the Japanese mainland, do you feel that the use of atomic weapons was immoral? Why or why not?

Sledge states that the 1st Marine Division suffered over one hundred fifty percent casualties during the Peleliu-Okinawa assaults. What was the structure of a World War II Marine Division? What is the technical definition of a casualty? What does it mean to...

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