World War 2 Quotes - Page 2
- The atom bomb was no great decision... It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
-President Harry Truman
- We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand, of overwhelming power on the other.
- G.C. Marshall, Chief of Staff
- No compromise is possible and the victory of the democracies can only be complete with the utter defeat of the war machines of Germany and Japan.
- G.C. Marshall, Chief of Staff
- (Mariners) have written one of its most brilliant chapters. They have delivered the goods when and where needed in every theater of operations and across every ocean in the biggest, the most difficult and dangerous job ever undertaken. As time goes on, there will be greater public understanding of our merchant's fleet record during this war.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt (After Italy invaded France)
- History knows no greater display of courage than that shown by the people of the Soviet Union.
- Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War
- Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.
-General George S. Patton, Jr.
- Air superiority is the ultimate expression of military power. - Winston Churchill.
- We and our allies owe and acknowledge an ever-lasting debt of gratitude to the armies and people of the Soviet Union.
- Frank Knox, secretary of the Navy
- A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will not be erased - Hans Frank, the nazi governor of poland.
- On the European Front the most important development of the past year has been the crushing offensive of the Great Armies of Russia...
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt (April 29, 1942)
- No compromise is possible and the victory of the democracies can only be complete with the utter defeat of the war machines of Germany and Japan. - George Marshall
- This is a fight between a free world and a slave world.
- Vice President Henry A. Wallace
- No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
- General George S. Patton, Jr
- I have returned.
- General Douglas Macarthur, Supreme Allied Commander of South-West Pacific (at the Philippines, 1944)
- General MacAuliffe (when asked to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944)
- The American forces have suffered terrible losses. The losses are far more than what Eisenhower has admitted, and worse is ahead. Tunis is only a foretaste of what is waiting for us in Europe.
- Roane Waring, Commander of the American Legion (after the victory at North Africa)
- The Bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.
- Admiral William Daniel Leahy (advising President Truman on the U.S. atom bomb project, 1945)
- Don't fire until you can see the whites of their eyes.
- Major Devereux (the battle of Wake Island, 1941)
- 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.
- Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet
- 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.
- Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the B-29 Enola Gay
- I become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist involve with the development of the atomic bomb (July 16, 1945 quoting Hindu Scripture after the detonation of thefirst atomic bomb )
- When this war is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.
- Admiral Bill Halsey (December 7, 1941)
- Kill Japs, kills Japs, kill more Japs!
- Vice-Admiral Bull Halsey
- There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana. No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton! - General George S. Patton, Jr (addressing to his troops before Operation Overlord, June 5, 1944)
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