Famous Quotes – Second World War

1939

“This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that unless we heard from them by eleven o’clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you that no such understanding has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.”
Neville Chamberlain – 3 September 1939

1940
“I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
Winston Churchill – 13 May 1940, three days after becoming Prime Minister.

“We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations.”
Winston Churchill – To Parliament – 4 June 1940

“Dunkirk has fallen… with it has ended the greatest battle of world history. Soldiers! My confidence in you knew no bounds. You have not disappointed me.”
Adolf Hitler – 5 June 1940

“Never in the field of human conflict, has so much, been owed by so many, to so few!”
Winston Churchill – September 1940

“Fuhrer, we are on the march! Victorious Italian troops crossed the Greco-Albanian frontier at dawn today!”
Benito Mussolini – (to Adolf Hitler) 28 October 1940

“I shall say it again and again and again. Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 30 October 1940

1941
The war against Russia will be such that it cannot be conducted in a knightly fashion. This struggle is one of ideologies and racial differences and will have to be conducted with unprecedented, unmerciful and unrelenting harshness.”
Adolf Hitler – March 1941

“As a soldier he is a bad politician and as a politician is an equally bad soldier.”
Adolf Hitler on Churchill, May 1941

“I’ve had my fill of Hitler. These conferences called by a ringing of a bell are not to my liking; the bell is rung when people call their servants. And besides, what kind of conferences are these? For five hours I am forced to listen to a monologue which is quite fruitless and boring.”
Benito Mussolini – to his son-in-law, 10 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!”
Josef Stalin – July 1941

“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.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 8 December 1941

“We are now in this war. We are all in it, all the way.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 9 December 1941

“Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell!”
Admiral Halsey – December 1941

“To die for the Emperor is to live forever.”
Japanese Army Slogan

1942
“Everything about the behaviour of American society reveals that it’s half Judaized, and the other half negrified.”
Adolf Hitler – January 1942

“This war is a new kind of war. It is warfare in terms of every continent, every island, every sea, every air lane in the world.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 23 February 1942

“People die, but books never die.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 23 April 1942, in reference to the burning of books in Nazi Germany.

“The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.”
Emperor Hirohito of Japan, 29 April 1942

“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 6 May 1942

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Winston Churchill – 10 November 1942

1943
“Soldiers of the Reich! This day you are to take part in an offensive of such importance that the whole future of the war may depend on its outcome.”
Adolf Hitler – 5 July 1943

1944
“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower – 6 June 1944

“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower – June 6, 1944, on the Normandy Landings

“Defend Paris to the last, destroy all bridges over the Seine and devastate the city.”
Adolf Hitler – August 1944

1945
“Attacks on cities are strategically justified in so far as they tend to shorten the war and so preserve the lives of allied soldiers.”
Arthur “Bomber” Harris – 29 March 1945

“If the war is lost, the nation will also perish. This fate is inevitable. There is no necessity to take into consideration the basis which the people will need to continue a most primitive existence. On the contrary, it will be better to destroy things ourselves because this nation will have proved to be the weaker one and the future will belong solely to the stronger eastern nation [Russia]. Besides, those who remain after the battle are only the inferior ones, for the good ones have been killed.”
Adolf Hitler – March 1945

“Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now.”
Harry S. Truman – 13 April 1945 on taking over as US President following the death of Roosevelt.

Read World War Two In An Hour by Rupert Colley