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War Department Message No. 472 Signed by General George C. Marshall, Nov. 27, 1941 41 the quotable warrior Climb Mount Niitaka, 1208 Japanese Coded Order, Dec. 2, 1941 Ordering Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo’s task force to proceed with the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8 ( Japan time) q This dispatch is to be considered a war warning. . Execute an appropriate defensive deployment preparatory to carrying out tasks assigned in WPL 46 [the Navy’s basic war plan]. Navy Department Dispatch, Nov. 27, 1941 q We have attacked, fired upon, and dropped depth charges upon submarine operating in defensive sea area.
On the dock I could see the men staring at me. I had lost 25 pounds, living on the same diet as the soldiers, and I must have looked gaunt and ghastly standing there in my old war-stained clothes—no medaled commander of inspiring presence. General Douglas MacArthur Reminiscences (1964) Recalling his escape by PT boat from the Philippines to Australia in 1942 q It was close, but that’s the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die—and the difference is just an eyelash.
The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. Abraham Lincoln Second Annual Message to Congress, 1862 19 the quotable warrior Forever, and forever, farewell, Brutus; If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then, this parting was well made. ” and let slip the dogs of war. Mark Antony in William Shakespeare Julius Caesar (1599) Addressing the people after Caesar’s assassination q The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everybody else, and that nobody was going to bomb them.
A history of innovation : U.S. Army adaptation in war and peace by Jon T Hoffman; Center of Military History