WWII Quotes

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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

The “Miracle at Remagen” enabled the first American soldiers to enter Germany, crossing the Ludendorff Bridge, which, according to Dwight D Eisenhower was “worth its weight in gold”, 7 March 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.

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Hitler’s Ledger Book

Hitler’s book of accounts up for auction

Hitler’s personal account book is to be sold at auction in Connecticut. This 175-page handwritten ledger covers his expenses for the period 1 April 1944 to 16 April 1945, 14 days before his suicide in his Berlin bunker.

The journal, which the auction house, Alexander Autographs, claims has never been seen before, contains hundreds of entries, written in Hitler’s hand, detailing a whole range of expenses and cash payouts. Neatly organized, each page includes the date, a description, and the amount spent. Each expense is categorised and include ‘Theatre and Music, Education Facilities, Health, Paintings & Art, Buildings, Emergency Contributions, Donations, and Miscellaneous’, the latter being the most commonly used.

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Black History: History in an Hour

History for busy people. Black History, or African-American History, looks at the story and culture of black Americans from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Encompassing everything from immigration to civil war, emancipation, slavery and migration, Black History in an Hour gives you a neat overview of this vast and fascinating subject.

This book is a superb introduction to the powerful varied history of African Americans. The study of Black History in the West has to be seen primarily in the context of American history. It was in the USA, where all men are created equal, that slavery and the fight for civil rights had its most profound effect.

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Contents:

  • Slavery: the “peculiar institution” 
  • The Black Slave: three-fifths the man
  • North and South: “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong” 
  • War and emancipation: “Previous condition of servitude”
  • The Jim Crow Era: “Separate but equal”
  • War, Migration and depression: “Black is beautiful”
  • War and Windrush: “To secure these rights”
  • The Civil Rights movement 1“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
  • The Civil Rights Movement 2: “Burn, burn, burn”
  • Black Power: “We gonna stop them white men from whuppin’ us” 
  • Britain and South Africa: “Rivers of blood”
  • Forty years later: “Because of the color of her skin”

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“The book was true to its title. It took me about an hour to read. It contained a number of key facts, but it left me wanting more depth, more detail. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Black History, and wants a basic introductory grounding.”

“The History in an Hour series continues to turn out high quality books that grab the attention and spark interest in very diverse subjects.  And so it is with ‘Black History’. The book is in the familiar History in an Hour format with a couple of pages of introduction, the main narrative peppered with illustrations, short biographies of all the major characters involved and finally a chronology of events.  With a short book some events that happened over years are covered in a couple of brief paragraphs yet there is still time for detailed facts which can illustrate with fascinating facts. I was amazed to read that London in 1760 had a population that was 3-6% Black and after the War of Independence the British helped 4,000 Black people escape to Canada and Britain who had fought on the Royalist side. The gas mask of WW1 was invented by a Black man, it was not until 1967 the US Supreme Court ruled against laws banning inter-racial marriage which was the same year the first Black US mayors were elected.  This book introduces the reader to a long list of historical figures who were well ahead of their time yet managed to out manoeuvre the laws and values of the times in which they lived that may of otherwise constrained others, concluding with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.  For the purposes of this book ‘Black History’ primarily relates to the struggle for equality in the face of adversity and ignorance which means a lot of the book revolves around the Black experience of the Caribbean and the United States with the familiar supporting stories of the European abolition movement but not leaving out other facts such as Denmark and Norway being the first countries to outlaw slavery in 1803. There is much more to Black history but that will be another book; can Harper Press produce “African History in an Hour”? ‘Black History’ is the subject name but it is also part of the history of all of our forefathers who as perpetrators, victims or improvers all have their footnote in history. This should be read in conjunction with two other History in an Hour books: American Slavery: History in an Hour and The American Civil War: History in an Hour

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Ancient Egypt: History in an Hour

History for busy people. Ancient Egypt in an Hour is a fascinating and concise account of ancient Egyptian history.

The history and mystery of ancient Egypt stirs our imagination and stimulates our desire to understand more about the most influential civilisation of the pre-Christian era. It was a period during which the Egyptians preserved their dead in decorated tombs and built magnificent monuments, while other nascent cultures still dressed in skins and lived in rudimentary dwellings.

The Egyptians believed in strange animal-headed gods; they mummified their dead in preparation for their journey into the afterlife; they built imposing and enduring stone structures using only Bronze Age tools and their country remained virtually inviolate, unconquered and unchanged for over more than three millennia.

Where did they come from? How did they achieve and maintain a cohesive cultural identity over all that time? What secrets have already been discovered by archaeologists and what revelations might still be waiting to be found hidden in the desert sands of Egypt? Finally, what legacy did they leave to us as we enter the third millennium AD?

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Contents:

  • Ancient Egyptian Civilisation
  • The Old Kingdom
  • The Ancient Religion
  • First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom
  • Hieroglyphs and Writing and the Second Intermediate Period
  • Mummification
  • The New Kingdom
  • Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period
  • The Hellenistic Period
  • The Legacy of Ancient Egypt

Reader reviews:

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“Found this very interesting. Easy to read and understand. The sort of reference book you can go back and re-read at a later date.”

Very good for people who just want the facts very interesting. An informative good read I found it a good book and helpful for my archaeology class.”

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