Helmet for my Pillow : The World War Two Pacific Classic
by Robert Leckie
Editor: Ebury Publishing
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The inspiration behind the HBO LE PACIFIQUE series is one of the biggest accounts amounts to the first person ever to come out of World War II.Robert Leckie was 21 years old when he joined the US Marine Corps in January 1942.In Mon Oreiller’s Helmet, we follow his course, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to raging fights in the Pacific, where some of the war’s more violent fighting took place.Speaking of his service with the 1st Marines Division, and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Leckie spares no details of the horror and sacrifice of war, painting a sentimental portrait of how real warriors are made, the struggle, and, too often, dying in the defence of their country.Starting from the live-for-present, Marines heckling on the holidays of the terror of the jungle war against an enemy determined to fight until the last man, Leckie describes what it really is like when victory can’t be measured in inches by bloody inches.Unrivalled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow tells the true story of an ordinary soldier of combat in extraordinary conditions.It is a book that brings you as close to mud, blood, and experience of war as it is sure to come.Helmet for My Pillow is a great and epic prose poemRobert Leckie, the theme is purely human experience of the war experience in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who – somehow – survived “Tom Hanks”.
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