I decided to post a few of the videos from HBO.com and will continue each week as they release them. I feel that this series and Band of Brothers were so special that everyone should see them. I have had friends who say they just can't stomach watching a war film, but these really are historical films that show the triumphs and horrors of war. It is important that every person knows the toll of war on our servicemen and servicewomen because, in my opinion, it makes us more thoughtful about entering conflicts. I thank all of our servicemen and servicewomen for their sacrifices in our current wars and all previous wars. All of you have given a tremendous amount of yourselves to our country.
If you are interested in reading about WWII in the Pacific, here are a few books that the HBO series is based on:
Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie
With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge
Red Blood, Black Sand by Chuck Tatum
China Marine by Eugene B. Sledge
HBO also has a companion book written by Hugh Ambrose called The Pacific.
HBO also has tons of information on the war and is worth taking a look at. Click HERE to go to The Pacific website at HBO.com.
Here is Part 1 of the historical background on Guadalcanal that HBO.com posted on their website. It also aired right before the beginning of the first episode of The Pacific:
*SPOILER ALERT* Here is the recap for Episode 1 of The Pacific:
Here is Part 2 of the Historical Background on Guadalcanal. It set up the second episode of the series wonderfully and gave a good sense of the intensity of the fight.
*SPOILER ALERT* Here is a recap of Episode 2 of The Pacific:
Here is Part 3 of the Historical Background on the Marines who ported in Australia after the battle at Guadalcanal.
*PREVIEW* Here is a preview of Episode 3 of The Pacific: