Newport, R.I. – Librarians at the Naval War College (NWC) this week began a digitization project of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz’s detailed operational diary covering activities and correspondence of the Pacific Command from December 7, 1941-August 31, 1945.
“This is blockbuster stuff. There’s stuff in there that will knock the socks off many historians,” said professor Douglas Smith who teaches a World War II history elective at NWC. “This is the most authoritative source on the Pacific war available, anywhere. This material will debunk many World War II myths and set straight the relationships between Nimitz and his subordinate commanders.”
According to Smith, the eight-volume running summary is enough to fill 28 banker boxes. The digitization project is being completed in cooperation with the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington, DC, which maintains custodianship of the volumes. The project is funded by the Naval War College Foundation.
This will be a very nice compliment to The Green Books.