History of the United States
Japan in WW2
Decade - 1940s

Who said invasion would be foolish Gun behind every blade of grass?

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2020-03-26 22:56:59


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2014-09-29 17:01:26

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a

rifle behind every blade of grass." is a quote by Isoroku Yamamoto,

Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War

II. Of course it was originally stated in Japanese, this is the

English translation.


Unfortunately there is no evidence that Yamamoto ever said this.

There is a reference link below on this.


Apparently, there is no proof that this was ever said, that is

correct. However, it should be noted that Yamamoto spent time in

the U.S., attending Harvard for two or more years. He spoke fluent

English and had a keen understanding of the industrial capabilities

of the United States. He did not want war with the U.S. for this,

and possibly other reason. Therefore, while he may not have made

this now-famous quote, it is likely that he may have believed it,

therefore being a good person to attribute it to.

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