Quotes from Major-General Kensaku Oda to Russian War Oath


Major-General Kensaku Oda

Most of the men are stricken with dysentery….Starvation is taking many lives and it is weakening our already extended lines.  We are doomed.



Admiral Takijiro Onishi

If they (the young pilots) are on land, they would be bombed down, and if they are in the air, they would be shot down.  That’s sad…Too sad….To let the young men die beautifully, that’s what Tokko is.  To give beautiful death, that’s called sympathy.


Akira Onogi

We took care of the people around us by using the clothes of dead people as bandages, especially for those who were terribly wounded. By that time we somehow became insensible to all those awful things. After a while, the fire reached the river bank and we decided to leave the river. We crossed over this railway bridge and escaped in the direction along the railway. The houses on both sides of the railroad were burning and railway was the hollow in the fire. I thought I was going to die here. It was such an awful experience. You know for about 10 years after bombing I always felt paralyzed we never saw the sparks made by trains or lightning. Also even at home, I could not sit beside the windows because I had seen so many people badly wounded by pieces of glass. So I always sat with the wall behind me for about 10 years. It was some sort of instinct to self-preservation.


J. Robert Oppenheimer

The physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.


I become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.
                             - J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Hindu Scriptures after the first atomic bomb detonation.




General George Patton

The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his. 


We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit.


Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!


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.


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.


Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. 


Never in history has the navy landed an army at the planned time and place. But if you land us anywhere within 50 miles of Fedela and within one week of D-Day. I'll go ahead and win.


Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain

The Axis Powers and France have an identical interest in seeing the defeat of England accomplished as soon as possible. Consequently, the French Government will support, within the limits of its ability, the measures which the Axis Powers may take to this end.


I make to France the gift of my person, to attenuate her suffering... The combat must cease....

--Spoken on a radio broadcast before he signed the armistice between France and Germany.


Lieutenant General Lewis B. Chesty Puller

All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time.


General Rokossovski

The situation of your troops is desperate. They are suffering from hunger, sickness and cold. The cruel winter has scarcely begun. Hard frosts, cold winds and blizzards still lie ahead. Your soldiers are not provided with winter clothing and are living in appalling sanitary conditions. Your situation is hopeless, and any further resistance senseless.




Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

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.


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.




Anyone who fights, even with the most modern weapons, against an enemy who dominates the air, is like a primitive warrior who stands against modern forces, with the same limitations and the same chance of success.


Eleanor Roosevelt

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.


All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.


Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.


Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.


I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war. 



Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan...As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense...With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounded determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.


They have given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks.  Riveted the ships and rolled the shells.


[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 [World War II].


The hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.

                                                                                                   –Comment made after Italy invaded France  


On the European Front the most important development of the past year (1942) has been the crushing offensive of the Great Armies of Russia….


If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.


More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars - yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.


Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged. 






Russian War Oath

For the burned cities and villages; for the deaths of our children and our mothers; for the torture and humiliation of our people; I swear revenge upon the enemy… I swear that I would rather die in battle with the enemy then surrender myself my people and my country to the Fascist invaders.  Blood for blood!  Death for death!