NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Naval War College is set to publish a trove of World War II information as it releases online the war diary kept daily by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and his staff as the Navy battled Japan.
The record of more than 4,000 pages can be accessed beginning Monday at www.usnwc.edu/graybook.
Douglas Smith, a War College historian, told The Providence Journal that it's the most authoritative source on the Pacific War available.
Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, died in 1966 at age 80.
The diaries was declassified in 1972 but was relatively inaccessible at the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Its entries begin Dec. 7. 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, to the end of August 1945, a few days before the Japanese surrendered aboard the battleship Missouri.
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