Naval Historical Collection on WWII Released

P40929-11.jpgThe Naval War College recently released the World War II diary of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, online as part of its Naval Historical Collection.

The 4,000-page “Gray Book” contains communications that started just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and continues until August 31, 1945, two days before Nimitz accepted Japan’s formal surrender on his flagship, the USS Missouri.

According to Robert Cressman, a historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command, the diary is a must-read for anyone seeking a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous naval campaigns in history. “You’re getting the whole picture, from the South Pacific to the Aleutians, and picking up on the progress of the war….You’re getting a fly-on-the-wall approach to how decisions were made and how the war was fought.”

The release of the Gray Book was set to coincide with the 129th birthday of Adm. Nimitz.


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