Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Another in the tense meeting series. Chester Nimitz makes a little speech on his arrival to take over the Pacific Fleet, December 31, 1941. He's replacing the disgraced Husband E. Kimmel, who stands on the right. What, exactly, are you going to say in a situation like this? The fleet he's just taken command of is mostly sitting on the bottom of Pearl Harbour. The Japanese might be returning for another attack any day, and the US Navy can't stop them. The men standing before him are responsible for the worst disaster in American military history. In Russia, they'd have all been shot. Probably in Germany too. In Japan they would have all killed themselves. Too bad I can't find a reference to what he actually said.