Many years ago, when my wife was still in the banking biz, she had a colleague who we became friendly with. He was a World War II veteran, a Jew who fought in the ETO. He told us some harrowing stories. The line I’ll always remember, though, was that as bad as he and buddies had it, during the Bulge, the final push for liberation, among the campaigns he fought in, he gave thanks to the Almighty he wasn’t sent to fight in the Pacific.
Our good bud Maggie at Infidels Paradise. has written a superb review of HBO’s series The Pacific that ended last night on HBO. A lot of the thoughts I had while watching the ten parts are covered in her piece. Let me add that I think this series could have been a lot better had it not been for a lot of post-modernist PC mumbo-jumbo the writers decided to add. I’ve just started Eugene Sledge’s book, With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, so I can decide how far the writers really went astray.
Much has been and is being written about HBO’s current WWII endeavor. Some in praise, some in condemnation, and others in disappointment.
Tonight is the last episode of HBO’s mini series “The Pacific”, following the experiences of several Marines in the PTO during WWII. Their brutal battles as the US Marines went from small, unknown island to island on somewhat of a steppingstone mission to reach the goal of either forcing the Japanese Empire to surrender, or defeating them by outlasting the horrific conditions and deadly battles of the islands war.
Those of us who are huge fans of the first HBO series, Band of Brothers (BoB), have been of two separate thought processes of this current mini series. Those who have approached “The Pacific” on its own and understand fully the complete difference between the PTO and the ETO in WWII … and those of us who can’t help but use Band of Brothers as the “gold standard” by which to measure The Pacific. I am guilty of such, and have adjusted my thinking as I re-watch each episode to measure it on its own merit. Realizing the stark differences between the two theaters of operation was not hard to recognize and acknowledge.