Frases de Tadamichi Kuribayashi
Data de nascimento: 7. Julho 1891
Data de falecimento: 26. Março 1945
Tenente-General Tadamichi Kuribayashi foi o comandante da defesa Japonesa em Iwo Jima durante a Batalha de Iwo Jima, descendente de uma família de samurais.
Citações Tadamichi Kuribayashi
„The battle is approaching its end. Since the enemy’s landing, even the gods would weep at the bravery of the officers and men under my command. … [My] men died one by one, and I regret very much that I have allowed the enemy to occupy a piece of Japanese territory.“
Radio message to Imperial Japanese Army's vice chief of staff.
„We are sorry indeed we could not have defended the island successfully. Now I, Kuribayashi, believe that the enemy will invade Japan proper from this island. … I am very sorry, because I can imagine the scenes of disaster in our empire. However, I comfort myself a little, seeing my officers and men die without regret after struggling in this inch-by-inch battle against an overwhelming enemy with many tanks and being exposed to indescribable bombardments. … I would like now to apologize to my senior and fellow officers for not being strong enough to stop the enemy invasion.“
His last radio transmission to the Japanese military headquarters.
„The enemy may land on this island soon. Once they do, we must follow the fate of those on Attu and Saipan. Our officers and men know about “Death” very well. I am sorry to end my life here, fighting the United States of America, but I want to defend this island as long as possible and to delay the enemy air raids on Tokyo. Ah! You have worked well for a long time as my wife and the mother of my three children. Your life will become harder and more precarious. Watch out for your health and live long. The future of our children will not be easy either. Please take care of them after my death.“
Letter to his wife shortly before the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Letter to his wife http://members.tripod.com/iwo_jima_project/id6.htm.