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February 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"For in war, the fate of the nation may be staked upon the outcome of a single battle, and in turn victory or defeat in battle hinges largely on the character and ability of a single individual, the Commander in Chief. This is necessary because only by concentrating the power of decision can unified action be assured, and without unified action victory is impossible. It is so also because moves in battle cannot be debated around the conference table and decided by majority rule; they must be decided swiftly by the commander on the basis of his own judgment and with full realization that each move, once made is irrevocable. To make such decisions requires extraordinary courage and self-confidence."

"Midway, The Battle That Doomed Japan, The Japanese Navy's Story" by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya published originally in 1955 by the Naval Institute Press.

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