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Old Breed of Marine: A World War II Diary
     

Old Breed of Marine: A World War II Diary

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by Abraham Felber, William H. Bartsch, Franklin S. Felber
 

On Friday, August 7, 1942, at 1300, after a furious cannonading by the Navy fighting vessels slamming salvo after salvo into the shores, 36-year-old Marine Sergeant Abraham Felber jumped from a Higgins boat onto Beach Red in the first-wave assault on the deadly jungle island of Guadalcanal. Felber was responsible for writing the Record of Events for his unit, and

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On Friday, August 7, 1942, at 1300, after a furious cannonading by the Navy fighting vessels slamming salvo after salvo into the shores, 36-year-old Marine Sergeant Abraham Felber jumped from a Higgins boat onto Beach Red in the first-wave assault on the deadly jungle island of Guadalcanal. Felber was responsible for writing the Record of Events for his unit, and recorded in meticulous detail the fighting that wrested Guadalcanal from the enemy in the skies, off the shores, and in the muddy jungles.
This work is part of the diary that Abraham Felber kept during his service in World War II. It begins with January 7, 1941, and ends with December 31, 1945. As the 1st Sergeant of Headquarters Battery, 11th Marines, Felber dealt with both officers and enlisted men, which exposed him to the perspectives and insights of both. Felber was also granted the unusual privilege of taking photographs during the Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester campaigns, some of which are published here for the first time. Felber’s accounts of his unit’s role in the combat at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester; his time at Guantanamo Bay, Parris Island and Camp Lejune; daily life, and other experiences are presented here as he recorded them.

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“detailed...most impressive [for] its candor...welcome”—Journal of Military History.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786414109
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/12/2002
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

The late Abraham Felber lived in East Windsor, New Jersey. His son, Franklin S. Felber, is a physicist in San Diego, California. William S. Bartsch, a prize-winning military historian, lives in Reston, Virginia.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on the day to day life of the average soldier--full of detail and stories that could only have been recorded someone who cherished the details of the men's lives.
marinefan More than 1 year ago
A true diary format, written with precise detail and understated emotion. Interesting even if you are not a World War II buff.