Archive for the ‘WWII Quotes’ Category
“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.” – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (04/04/1884 — 04/18/1943) was a Naval Marshal General and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during WWII. A graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and a student of Harvard University Yamamoto held several important posts in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Admiral Yamamoto was the commander-in-chief during the early years of the Pacific War and was responsible for major battles including Pearl Harbor and Midway. On the morning of April 18th, Isoroku Yamamoto took off for an inspection tour in the Solomon Islands when his plane was shot down by First Lieutenant Rex T. Barber. Yamamoto’s body was found the next day. His death was a major blow to the morale of the Japanese military during WWII.Take a look at these other WWII Posts:WWII Today: May 4 WWII Today: October 26 WWII Today: November 24
“Hell is on us.” – Mamoru Shigemitsu , June 1944 (capture of Saipan)
Mamoru Shigemitsu (07/29/1887 — 01/26/1957) was appointed ambassador to the Nanjing Nationalist Government two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor and by the end of WWII was the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs. He came into that position on April 20, 1943, when Japan’s Premier, Hideki Tojo, fired foreign minister Masayuki Tani, which was viewed as a sign that Japan was preparing for a collapse of the Axis Powers. Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu signed the instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945.
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