Quotes from Major General Robert Urquhart to General Yamashita

Major General Robert Urquhart

The loses were heavy, but all ranks would willingly undertake another operation under similar conditions….We have no regrets.

 


Field Marshal Gunther von Kluge

In spite of intense efforts, the moment has drawn near when this front, already so heavily strained, will break.  I consider it my duty to bring these conclusions to your notice…my Fuhrer.

 

 

Dr. Kurt von Schuschnigg

As I stood at the gave of my predecessor (the murdered Dollfuss), I knew that in order to save Austrian independence I had to embark on a course of appeasement….Everything had to be avoided which could give Germany a pretext for intervention and everything had to be done to secure in some way Hitler’s toleration of the status quo.

 

Red-White-Red (the Austrian national colors) until we’re dead!

                   


General Siegfried von Westphal

The disaster of Stalingrad profoundly shocked the German people and armed forces alike….Never before in Germany’s history had so large a body of troops come to so dreadful an end.

 


Henry A. Wallace

This is a fight between a free world and a slave world.

 


Elie Wiesel

. . . Do we want to understand? There is no longer anything to understand. Do we want to know? There is nothing to know anymore. It is not by playing with words and the dead that we will understand and know.  Quite the contrary. As the ancients said: "Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know."

 

 


But we prefer to speak and to judge. We wish to be strong and invulnerable. The lesson of the holocaust—if there is one—is that our strength is only illusory, and that in each of us is a victim who is afraid, who is cold, who is hungry. Who is also ashamed.

The Talmud teaches man never to judge his friend until he has been in his place. But, for the world, the Jews are not friends. They have never been. Because they had no friends they are dead.

So, learn to be silent.

 


Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

The fate of the Empire rests on this enterprise every man must devote himself totally to the task at hand.

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....

 

A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten.

When war comes between Japan and the United States, I shall not be content to merely occupying Guam, the Philippines, Hawaii, and San Francisco. I look forward to dictating the peace of the United States in the White House in Washington.

In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain, I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.

 


General Yamashita

My attack on Singapore was a bluff, a bluff that worked... I was very frightened that all the time the British would discover our numerical weakness and lack of supplies and force me into disastrous street fighting.

 

The only words I spoke to the British commander in the negotiations for the surrender of Singapore were “All I want to hear from you is ‘yes or no’.”  I expected to put the same question to MacArthur.