Quotes from World War II


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World War 2 had a large number of notable quotations by world leaders as well as the Generals and Admirals of the Armed Forces of the major countries involved in the conflict. The WW2 quotes contained in this upload are some of the famous quotations from this critical period of the world's history.

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Quotes from World War II

  1. 1. World War 2 Quotes http://www.worldwar2facts.org/world-war-2-quotes.html
  2. 2. WW2 Quotes by General MacArthur World War 2 MacArthur Quotes “I’ll come back as soon as I can with as much as I can. In the meantime, you’ve got to hold!” – As spoken to General Wainright in March of 1942 “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.” April 19th, 1951
  3. 3. WW2 Quotes by General Patton World War 2 Quotes by Patton: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – War as I Knew It, 1947 “A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.” = War as I Knew It, 1947 Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. - September 1933 http://www.worldwar2facts.org/world-war-2-quotes.html
  4. 4. WW2 Quotes by General Montgomery World War II Quotes by Montgomery: “The Germans should have thought of some of these things before they began the war, particularly before attacking the Russians.” – referring to a German soldier’s request to surrender only to British or American forces and not the Russians. “Nice chap, no General.” – on first impressions of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower
  5. 5. WW2 Quotes by Sir Winston Churchill WWII Quotes by Churchill: “Singapore could only be taken after a siege by an army of at least 50,000 men. It is not considered possible that the Japanese would embark on such a mad enterprise.” – 1940 “Without ships, we cannot live.” – on the importance of winning the War in the Atlantic “I expected to see a wild cat roaring into the mountains – and what do I find? A whale wallowing on the beaches!” – to Sir Harold Alexander on the handling of the Allied landings at Anzio http://www.worldwar2facts.org/world-war-2-quotes.html
  6. 6. WW2 Quotes by Josef Stalin World War II Quotes by Stalin: “This war is not an ordinary war. It is the war of the entire Russian people. Not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our heads, but to aid all people groaning under the yoke of Fascism” – 22nd June 1941 “The Red Army and Navy and the whole Soviet people must fight for every inch of Soviet soil, fight to the last drop of blood for our towns and villages…onward, to victory!” – July 1941
  7. 7. WW2 Quotes by Adolf Hitler World War 2 Quotes by Hitler: “I saw my enemies in Munich, and they are worms.” “You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down.” – on invading the Soviet Union “The assertion that it is the intention of the German Reich to coerce the Austrian State is absurd!” – January 30th, 1934
  8. 8. WW2 Quotes by Erwin Rommel World War 2 Quotes by Rommel: “Which would your men rather be, tired, or dead?” – extorting an Officer during the building of Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’. “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!” – April 22nd, 1944 http://www.worldwar2facts.org/world-war-2-quotes.html
  9. 9. WW2 Quotes by Emperor Hirohito World War 2 Quotes by Hirohito: “The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.” - 29th April 1942 (Speaking on his birthday)
  10. 10. WW2 Quotes by Mussolini World War 2 Quotes by Mussolini: “The Mediterranean will be turned into an Italian lake.” “War alone can carry to the maximum tension all human energies and imprint with the seal of nobility those people who have the courage to confront it; Every other test is a mere substitute.” – 1930 http://www.worldwar2facts.org/world-war-2-quotes.html