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Isoroku Yamamoto (1884 – 1943)

Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II He was a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and an alumnus of the U S Naval War College and Harvard University.
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Isoroku Yamamoto
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. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack.
Yamamoto quotes
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.
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

Yamamoto Isoroku quotes
You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
Yamamoto Isoroku
Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it is not enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians, among whom armchair arguments about war are being glibly bandied about in the name of state politics, have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.
Isoroku Yamamoto quotes
The fiercest serpent may be overcome by a swarm of ants.
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