Quotes / Second Sino-Japanese War

Keep men, lose land: land can be taken again. Keep land, lose men: land and men are both lost.
Mao Zedong, 1939

We shall not lightly talk about sacrifice until we are driven to the last extreme which makes sacrifice inevitable.
Chiang Kai-Shek, 1939

The Greater East Asian War was righteous and justified.
General Hideki Tojo, 1946

— Memo from Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, ordering the Nanking massacre

The war created the conditions for our victory! If I ought to thank anyone, it should be the Japanese militarists.
Mao Zedong, when a Japanese delegation offered an apology for wartime atrocities in the early 1960s.

The Great Depression is bad, and Japan's economy is now crappy. But the military is doing just fine and invades Manchuria. And the League of Nations is like "Nooo, don't do that, if you're in the League of Nations you're not supposed to take over the wooorld!" And Japan said "How 'bout I do, anyway~?" And Japan invaded more and more and more and more of Chinanote , and was planning to invade the entire East!

The rise and fall of Shanghai means the birth or death of the whole nation.
Chiang Kai-shek, 1937

You must all be aware that modern war is not a mere matter of military operations. It involves the whole strength and resources of the nation. Not only soldiers, but all citizens without exception, take part.
Chiang Kai-shek

Give me fifty DC-3s and the Japanese can have the Burma Road.
Chiang Kai-shek

War is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, group troops or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit, or morale.
Chiang Kai-shek

We must use every inch of our blood to take back every inch of our land, you ten thousand youths and soldiers.
Chiang Kai-shek

If and when the war starts, no matter where or whoever you are or if you are young or old, Northerner or Southerner, you all have the responsibility of protecting our home and repelling the enemy, you all must have the will to achieve ultimate sacrifice.
Chiang Kai-shek

The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.
Mao Zedong

We the Chinese nation have the spirit to fight the enemy to the last drop of our blood, the determination to recover our lost territory by our own efforts, and the ability to stand on our own feet in the family of nations.
Mao Zedong

We stand for self-reliance. We hope for foreign aid but cannot be dependent on it; we depend on our own efforts, on the creative power of the whole army and the entire people.
Mao Zedong

Thousands upon thousands of martyrs have heroically laid down their lives for the people; let us hold their banner high and march ahead along the path crimson with their blood!
Mao Zedong

We labored for you in the Great War, and you rewarded us...with empty promises. We slowly dragged our nation into the modern age, and you took every opportunity to exploit us. We warned you of the Japanese imperialists, and you cowered behind your appeasements. We have been bleeding and dying in ditches for years. You haven't lifted a finger to help us. Now, our war is your war. We will stand against the nation that threatens the continent, side by side...for now. But, we will never forget the price China paid for its freedom!