History Series / ThePacific

26th Nov '17 5:47:50 PM nombretomado
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* ImperialJapan: Natch. it's the Pacific Theater. While it's the Imperial Japanese Army that are the main antagonists the Marines have to face, the Imperial Japanese Navy gets a brief cameo in the first part, during the Battle of Savo Island.
16th Nov '17 9:44:41 AM MaulMachine
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* MidSeasonUpgrade: By part 4, the Marines switch from their old WWI-era weapons such as the [=M1903=] Springfield and [=M1917=] Browning to newer ones such as the [=M1=] Carbine, [=M1=] Garand, and [=M1919=] Browning. In addition, they also get new uniforms with camouflage on them.

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* MidSeasonUpgrade: By part 4, the Marines switch from their old WWI-era weapons such as the [=M1903=] Springfield and [=M1917=] Browning to newer ones such as the [=M1=] Carbine, [=M1=] Garand, and [=M1919=] Browning. In addition, they also get new uniforms with camouflage on them. [[ShownTheirWork Which actually happened, though some sharpshooters actually liked the old M1903s.]]
18th Oct '17 8:41:13 AM Wuz
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-->'''J.P. Morgan:''' If it wasn't for us, you'd be chugging sake with a pair of chopsticks up your ass, you stupid fuck!

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-->'''J.--->'''J.P. Morgan:''' If it wasn't for us, you'd be chugging sake with a pair of chopsticks up your ass, you stupid fuck!
29th Sep '17 3:38:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* NoPlaceForAWarrior: When Eugene Sledge returns from the war, he has a lot of trouble readjusting to civilian life. Not only is he a ShellShockedVeteran just like his dad feared he would become before he signed up, he also finds normal living to be trivial. When an unemployment officer asks him what his marketable skills are, he can't think of anything other than "killing japs".
1st Sep '17 8:22:08 PM Rmpdc
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* JungleWarfare: The first half of the series falls under this, as the Marines are shown struggling not only against the Japanese, but also against disease, the elements, and the vast and remote jungles of Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester.
** Initially, Peleliu also falls under this, particularly during Part 5, which is set in and around the beaches and vegetation surrounding the airfield. Once Episode 6 comes around however, this becomes subverted, as a lot of the vegetation in the mountains of the island has been burned down in repeated air and artillery strikes.
29th Jul '17 2:05:24 AM SoberIrishman
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** Leckie toasts with "Sláinte", the Irish word for "health".
18th Jul '17 5:54:25 PM nombretomado
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* RareGuns: Basilone's seen with a Reising submachine gun in Part 2. The gun is rarely seen in most WW2 fiction, usually for fairly good reason as the marines in the pacific theater were the only operators of the gun, and it was rapidly discarded from service after Guadalcanal in favor of the M1 Carbine owing to its near-uselessness in frontline conditions when exposed to moisture, sand, mud, and hard knocks,[[ShownTheirWork which is probably why we don't see any more for the rest of the series.]]

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* RareGuns: Basilone's seen with a Reising submachine gun in Part 2. The gun is rarely seen in most WW2 [=WW2=] fiction, usually for fairly good reason as the marines in the pacific theater were the only operators of the gun, and it was rapidly discarded from service after Guadalcanal in favor of the M1 Carbine owing to its near-uselessness in frontline conditions when exposed to moisture, sand, mud, and hard knocks,[[ShownTheirWork which is probably why we don't see any more for the rest of the series.]]
13th Jun '17 9:42:42 PM nombretomado
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--> "The worst thing about treating those combat boys from [[WorldWarOne The Great War]] wasn't that they had their flesh torn; it was that they had their souls torn out. I don't want to look into your eyes someday...and see no spark, no love, no...no life. That would break my heart."

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--> "The worst thing about treating those combat boys from [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI The Great War]] wasn't that they had their flesh torn; it was that they had their souls torn out. I don't want to look into your eyes someday...and see no spark, no love, no...no life. That would break my heart."
10th Jun '17 3:52:37 PM DindomirEagleshield
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* ExactWords: When Snafu tells Kathy that the new rain ponchos are treated with all sorts of chemicals, his tone of voice suggests that the ponchos are dangerous (so that Kathy would trade the new poncho for Snafu's old and full of holes one). However, the new ponchos are indeed treated with all sorts of chemicals, in order to make them considerably more water resistant than the old ones.
12th Feb '17 11:46:01 AM Mikedem2
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Many people have noted that ''The Pacific'' is much more brutal and less romantic than its predecessor
''Series/BandOfBrothers''. ''Band of Brothers'' wasn't a picnic but ''The Pacific'' went much more into the horrific conditions of the Pacific Theater and the mental and emotional scarring afterwards. Given that the Pacific Theater was more brutal overall, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], one of the veterans interviewed for the series was to be Bill Guarnere from ''[=BoB=]'', though this was later cut. Guarnere has said in no uncertain terms that as bad as the War in Europe was, the Marines in the Pacific had it even ''[[UpToEleven worse]]''.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Many people have noted that ''The Pacific'' is much more brutal and less romantic than its predecessor
predecessor ''Series/BandOfBrothers''. ''Band of Brothers'' wasn't a picnic but ''The Pacific'' went much more into the horrific conditions of the Pacific Theater and the mental and emotional scarring afterwards. Given that the Pacific Theater was more brutal overall, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], one of the veterans interviewed for the series was to be Bill Guarnere from ''[=BoB=]'', though this was later cut. Guarnere has said in no uncertain terms that as bad as the War in Europe was, the Marines in the Pacific had it even ''[[UpToEleven worse]]''.


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-->'''Sledge:''' Why don't they just surrender?
-->'''Burgin:''' Because they're ''Japs.''
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