quote by Hermann Goring

No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Goering. You may call me Meyer.

— Hermann Goring

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I considered the attacks on London useless, and I told the Fuhrer again and again that inasmuch as I knew the English people as well as I did my own people, I could never force them to their knees by attacking London. We might be able to subdue the Dutch people by such measures but not the British.

There are a lot of people who say that bombing cannot win the war.

My reply to that is that it has never been tried. . . and we shall see.

We are going to scourge the Third Reich from end to end.

We are bombing Germany city by city and ever more terribly in order to make it impossible for her to go in with the war. That is our object, and we shall pursue it relentlessly.

In order to assure an adequate national defense, it is necessary - and sufficient - to be in a position in case of war to conquer the command of the air.

A modern, autonomous, and thoroughly trained Air Force in being at all times will not alone be sufficient, but without it there can be no national security.

The weapon where the man is sitting in is always superior against the other.

Would not the sight of a single enemy airplane be enough to induce a formidable panic? Normal life would be unable to continue under the constant threat of death and imminent destruction.

The best way to defend the bombers is to catch the enemy before it his in position to attack. Catch them when they are taking off, or when they are climbing, or when they are forming up. Don't think you can defend the bomber by circling around him. It's good for the bombers morale, and bad for tactics.

War is a nasty, dirty, rotten business.

It's all right for the Navy to blockade a city, to starve the inhabitants to death. But there is something wrong, not nice, about bombing that city.

The country will some day pay for the stupidities of those who were in the majority on this commission. They know as much about the future of aviation as they do about the sign writing of the Aztecs.

Offense is the essence of air power.

Strategic air assault is wasted if it is dissipated piecemeal in sporadic attacks between which the enemy has an opportunity to readjust defenses or recuperate.

Because of its independence of surface limitations and its superior speed the airplane is the offensive weapon par excellence.

Whatever the lengths to which others may go, His Majesty's Government will never resort to the deliberate attack on women and children and other civilians for purposes of mere terrorism.

Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.

Never abandon the possibility of attack.

Attack even from a position of inferiority, to disrupt the enemy's plans. This often results in improving one's own position.

Above all, I shall see to it that the enemy will not be able to drop any bombs.

Airpower has become predominant, both as a deterrent to war, and-in the eventuality of war-as the devastating force to destroy an enemy's potential and fatally undermine his will to wage war.

In our victory over Japan, airpower was unquestionably decisive.

That the planned invasion of the Japanese Home islands was unnecessary is clear evidence that airpower has evolved into a force in war co-equal with land and sea power, decisive in its own right and worthy of the faith of its prophets.

Air Power is, above all, a psychological weapon - and only short-sighted soldiers, too battle-minded, underrate the importance of psychological factors in war.

My Luftwaffe is invincible... And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last - two, three weeks?

Not to have an adequate air force in the present state of the world is to compromise the foundations of national freedom and independence.

Superior technical achievements - used correctly both strategically and tactically - can beat any quantity numerically many times stronger yet technically inferior.

Hitler built a fortress around Europe, but he forgot to put a roof on it.

The first and absolute requirement of strategic air power in this war was control of the air in order to carry out sustained operations without prohibitive losses.

"He who wants to protect everything, protects nothing," is one of the fundamental rules of defense.

As the aeroplane is the most mobile weapon we possess, it is destined to become the dominant offensive arm of the future.

Air control can be established by superiority in numbers, by better employment, by better equipment, or by a combination of these factors.

In the early stages of the fight Mr. Winston Churchill spoke with affectionate raillery of me and my "Chicks." He could have said nothing to make me more proud; every Chick was needed before the end.

That idea is so damned nonsensical and impossible that I'm willing to stand on the bridge of a battleship while that nitwit tries to hit if from the air.

How could they possibly be Japanese planes?

Straying off course is not recognized as a capital crime by civilized nations.

Only air power can defeat air power. The actual elimination or even stalemating of an attacking air force can be achieved only by a superior air force.

The Air Force comes in every morning and says, 'Bomb, bomb, bomb' .

.. And then the State Department comes in and says, 'Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all.'