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Isoroku Yamamoto —
born on April 04, 1884,
died on April 18, 1943
Isoroku Yamamoto was a Japanese Marshal Admiral and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II until his death... (wikipedia)
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success.
Anyone who has seen the auto factories in Detroit and the oil fields in Texas knows that Japan lacks the national power for a naval race with America.
A military man can scarcely pride himself on having smitten a sleeping enemy; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten.
Japan has always regarded the aircraft carrier as one of the most offensive of armaments.