NIMITZ, CHESTER

Admiral Nimitz ALS 'In WWI & II the generals & admirals did a better job in overcoming the enemies will to resist - than the politicians did in planning the objectives & the peace'

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NIMITZ, CHESTER. (1885-1966). American admiral. ALS. (“C. W. Nimitz”). 2pp. 4to. Berkeley, June 22, 1958. On his personal stationery. To New York lawyer, politician and autograph collector ASHLEY COLE (1876-1965).

 

“Thank you very much for sending me Telford Taylor’s book The March of Conquest which I have read with great interest & satisfaction. Of particular interest is his description of Germany’s organization for the Conduct of War. This should be prescribed reading for all sides of the current dispute and debate on the re-organization of the Department of Defense. One frequently hears or reads that ‘War is too important to be left to Generals and Admirals’ but I have yet to hear that a questioning finger has been pointed to the politicians whose ability to plan a peace – or even the political objections in a war – is subject to grave doubt. It seems to me that in WWI & II the generals & admirals did a better job in overcoming the enemies will to resist – than the politicians did in planning the objectives & the peace. This points to a serious deficiency in our Country’s organization for war – the definition of objectives and the winning of peace – in future struggles. Telford Taylor has made an important contribution to the study of war in his “The March of Conquest,” which should be in the hands of all students of history and war. He can make an even greater contribution to his country by delineating the politician’s role in planning the political objections of a war and in winning the peace…P.S. You are authorized to use all or parts of this letter in promoting the March of Conquest.”

 

Following the December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that precipitated America’s entry into World War II, U.S. forces fought in the air, land and sea, engaging Japanese vessels at Guadalcanal, the Battle of Tarawa and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, to name but a few. Fleet Admiral Nimitz shared command of the Pacific forces with Douglas MacArthur and was charged with leading the United States Pacific Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces in Pacific Ocean Areas. He is credited with the American victories at the Battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, the Solomon Islands, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Despite heavy losses, the Japanese refused to surrender until atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, and on September 2, 1945, Nimitz accepted Japan’s surrender on board the battleship, Missouri. In recognition of his leadership during the war, October 5, 1945 was declared Nimitz Day, during which the admiral was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

 

American lawyer Telford Taylor(1908-1998) was Counsel for the Prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials, the Allied tribunals which prosecuted prominent Nazis for war crimes between 1945 and 1946. After the trials, he returned to his private law practice but was publicly critical of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s persecution of communists, the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel and the war in Vietnam. In 1962, he became a professor at Columbia Law School. In our letter, Nimitz comments favorably on Taylor’s 1958 book The March of Conquest: The German Victories in Western Europe, 1940. Taylor’s bibliography also includes Sword and Swastika: Generals and Nazis in the Third Reich; Guilt, Responsibility and the Third Reich; Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy; Courts of Terror: Soviet Criminal Justice and Jewish Emigration; and The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir.

 

Cole was a New York attorney and equestrian who served on New York State’s World’s Fair Commission and the New York State Racing Commission (1945-1965). In addition to his interest in horseracing, Cole was an avid collector of military autographs, amassing “one of the most impressive collections of material anywhere at the time,” (finding aid for the Ashley T. Cole papers, 1894-1941 at the New York Public Library).

 

Written on the admiral’s personal stationery and in excellent condition. Uncommon in ALS.

 


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