Chester Nimitz

Nimitz, Chester William

Chester William Nimitz (nĬm´Ĭts), 1885–1966, American admiral, b. Fredericksburg, Tex. A graduate of Annapolis, he was chief of staff to the commander of the submarine force of the Atlantic Fleet in World War I. In 1939, he was made chief of the Bureau of Navigation, and, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he succeeded (1941) Husband E. Kimmel as commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz headed the naval fighting forces in the Pacific throughout World War II. In Dec., 1944, he was made fleet admiral (five-star admiral) and a year later succeeded Ernest J. King as chief of naval operations. After he retired (Dec., 1947) from the navy, he headed (1949) the United Nations commission in the dispute over Kashmir.

See E. P. Hoyt, How They Won the War in the Pacific (1970).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Chester Nimitz: Selected full-text books and articles

The Fifth Star: High Command in an Era of Global War By George M. Hall Praeger Publishers, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Chester William Nimitz"
Command Concepts: A Theory Derived from the Practice of Command and Control By Carl H. Builder; Steven C. Bankes; Richard Nordin Rand, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Master of the Game: Nimitz at Midway"
World Military Leaders: A Collective and Comparative Analysis By Mostafa Rejai; Kay Phillips Praeger Publishers, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Nimitz begins on p. 60
Who's Who in World War II By John Keegan Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Nimitz, Admiral Chester, 1885-1966" begins on p. 113
Biographical Dictionary of World War II By Mark M. Boatner III Presidio Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Nimitz, Chester William" begins on p. 392
American Military History: 1902-1996 By Maurice Matloff Combined Books, vol.2, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Chester Nimitz begins on p. 169
British Naval Strategy East of Suez, 1900-2000: Influences & Actions By Greg Kennedy Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Chester Nimitz begins on p. 136
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