Roosevelt - The Soldier Of Freedom - 1940-1945
Francis Parkman Prize Edition awarded by the Society of American Historians. Includes illustrations.
the critical passage or otherwise jeopardize the lives of 60,000 soldiers. Willkie lost his temper, denounced Stimson for trying to control his freedom—but after exhausting his reservoir of profanity he agreed to tone down his speech. As delivered, it merely pummeled that battered old punching bag, the State Department. The President listened to Willkie’s broadcast and later telephoned Stimson to congratulate him. By the iron laws of mutual hostility, the more the Americans embraced Darlan in
encamped in the sprawling South Post. Whole agencies had been packed up and moved to other cities—the Rural Electrification Administration to St. Louis, the Farm Credit Administration to Kansas City, the Wage and Hour and Public Contracts Division to New York—but the nation’s capital still labored under the housing pressure. Army officers pleaded for apartments, offering bonuses for leads, promising “no pets or parties.” Hotels set up cots in dining rooms after mealtime. Less visible from a
which they fought and suffered. We failed—we failed them then. We cannot fail them again, and expect the world to survive again. “The Crimea Conference…ought to spell the end of the system of unilateral action, the exclusive alliances, the spheres of influence, the balances of power, and all the other expedients that have been tried for centuries—and have always failed. “We propose to substitute for all these, a universal organization in which all peace-loving Nations will finally have a chance
588-590, 592, 609; and Russia, 79, 81, 83, 576-577, 589; as signatory to Declaration of Allied Unity, 185; as signatory to declaration on postwar security, 401; South China as a base of military operations, 201, 376, 445; and Soviet-Japanese neutrality pact, 83; Stalin’s estimate of military leadership of, 407; and the U.S., 79, 82-83, 109, 145, 159, 186, 188, 205, 238, 239, 240-243, 317, 374-378, 403-405, 407, 414-415, 541-545, 546, 549, 576-577, 588-590, 592; weariness of Chiang’s armies, 106.
distance but dismissed it as an air-raid drill. Then the dive bombers screamed down, and the torpedo bombers glided in. Explosions shattered the air; klaxons squalled general quarters; a few antiaircraft guns began firing; colors were raised. Bombs and torpedoes hit the West Virginia, instantly knocking out power and light, disemboweling her captain, and soon sinking the ship to the shallow bottom. The Tennessee, protected by the West Virginia against torpedoes, took two bombs, each on a gun