They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.— Chester W. Nimitz
Pioneering World War 2 quotations
When this war is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell!
The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.
Dresden? There is not such a place any longer.
" "I want to point out, that besides Essen, we never actually considered any particular industrial sites as targets. The destruction of industrial sites always was some sort of bonus for us. Our real targets always were the inner cities.
It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it will not be fought on U.S. soil.
We must be very careful not to assign this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations
The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead.
The sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function: without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends upon it.
In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.
The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.
Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.
Like so many of our people, we have now had a personal experience of German barbarity which only strengthens the resolution of all of us to fight through to final victory.
The battle of Iwo Island has been won.
The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat.
Attacks on cities are strategically justified in so far as they tend to shorten the war and so preserve the lives of allied soldiers.
The eyes of the world are upon you.
You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.
WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION, NOT AS WOMEN.
..THIS WAS A PEOPLE'S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.
Which would your men rather be, tired, or dead?
The fate of the Empire rests on this enterprise.
Every man must devote himself totally to the task in hand.
A bright light filled the plane. The first shock-wave hit us. We were eleven and a half miles slant range from the atomic explosion but the whole airplane cracked and crinkled from the blast... We turned back to look at Hiroshima. The city was hidden by that awful cloud... mushrooming, terrible and incredibly tall.
The mindless rejoicing at home is really appalling;
it makes me fear that the first blow against Tokyo will make them wilt at once...I only wish that [the Americans] had also had, say, three carriers at Hawaii.
As a result of the cold, the machine-guns were no longer able to fire.
..the result of all this was a panic...The battle worthiness of our infantry is at an end
Peace is absurd: Fascism does not believe in it.
The battle is going very heavily against us.
We're being crushed by the enemy weight. We are facing very difficult days, perhaps the most difficult that a man can undergo
The horror of the Holocaust is not that it deviated from human norms;
the horror is that it didn't. What happened may happen again, to others not necessarily Jews, perpetrated by others, not necessarily Germans. We are all possible victims, possible perpetrators, possible bystanders.
This war is not an ordinary war. It is the war of the entire Russian people. Not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our heads, but to aid all people groaning under the yoke of Fascism
It is evil things that we will be fighting against-brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution-and against them I am certain that the right will prevail.
We shall solve this problem, and afterwards Warsaw as the Capital and the pool of intelligentsia of that nation will be destroyed.
The attack on Dresden, which was overflowing with refugees, on February 13th 1945 caused around 250,000 dead.
The enemy must be annihilated before he reaches our main battlefield.
We must stop him in the water, destroying all his equipment while it is still afloat!
Fascism accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with the state's.
Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
Each position, each metre of the Soviet territory must be stubbornly defended, to the last drop of blood. We must cling to every inch of Soviet soil and defend it to the end!
We and our allies owe and acknowledge an ever-lasting debt of gratitude to the armies and people of the Soviet Union.
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
The Eastern front is like a house of cards.
If the front is broken through at one point all the rest will collapse.