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„Through the skill and devotion to duty of their armed forces of all branches in the Midway area our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making.“

—  Chester W. Nimitz
Context: Through the skill and devotion to duty of their armed forces of all branches in the Midway area our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making. It was on a Sunday just six months ago that the Japanese made their peace‑time attack on our fleet and army activities on Oahu. At that time they created heavy damage, it is true, but their act aroused the grim determination of our citizenry to avenge such treachery, and it raised, not lowered, the morale of our fighting men. Pearl Harbor has now been partially avenged. Vengeance will not be complete until Japanese sea power has been reduced to impotence. We have made substantial progress in that direction. Perhaps we will be forgiven if we claim we are about midway to our objective! After the Battle of Midway, CINCPAC Communiqué No. 3, (6 June 1942)

„We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds.“

—  Chester W. Nimitz
As quoted in Historic Ship Exhibits in the United States (1969), by United States Naval History Division, United States Navy, p. 24

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„The enemy of our games was always Japan, and the courses were so thorough that after the start of World War II, nothing that happened in the Pacific was strange or unexpected.“

—  Chester W. Nimitz
On his training for warfare in the Pacific at the Naval War college in 1922, as quoted at The American Experience (PBS) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/macarthur/peopleevents/pandeAMEX90.html

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„Hindsight is notably cleverer than foresight.“

—  Chester W. Nimitz
Quoted in The Magnificent Mitscher by Theodore Taylor, p. 266

„Is the proposed operation likely to succeed?
What might be the consequences of failure?
Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of matériel and supplies?“

—  Chester W. Nimitz
"Three favorite rules of thumb" Nimitz had printed on a card he kept on his desk, as quoted in LIFE magazine (10 July 1944) <!-- p. 84 -->

„The war with Japan had been enacted in the game rooms at the War College by so many people and in so many different ways that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise—absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war. We had not visualized these.“

—  Chester W. Nimitz
Writing the president of the US Naval War College shortly after World War II. Quoted by Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy http://www.navy.mil/navydata/people/secnav/winter/SECNAV_Remarks_NWC_Current_Strategy_Forum.pdf]

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