Events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor Diplomatic background War between Japan and the United States had been a possibility that each nation had been aware of, and planned for, since the s.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaiiis located near the center of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2, miles from the U. Therefore, no one believed that the Japanese would start a war with an attack on the distant islands of Hawaii.
Additionally, American intelligence officials were confident that any Japanese attack would take place in one of the relatively nearby European colonies in the South Pacific: Because American military leaders were not expecting an attack so close to home, the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor were relatively undefended.
Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the harbor, and hundreds of airplanes were squeezed onto adjacent airfields.
To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistibly easy target. Destroy the Pacific Fleet. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack. At about 8 a. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below.
The ship exploded and sank with more than 1, men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship USS Oklahoma.
With sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. Impact of the Pearl Harbor Attack In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed nearly 20 American ships and more than airplanes.
Dry docks and airfields were likewise destroyed. Most important, 2, sailors, soldiers and civilians were killed and about 1, people were wounded.
But the Japanese had failed to cripple the Pacific Fleet. By the s, battleships were no longer the most important naval vessel: Some had returned to the mainland and others were delivering planes to troops on Midway and Wake Islands.
As a result, the U. Navy was able to rebound relatively quickly from the attack. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the U. Congress on December 8, the day after the crushing attack on Pearl Harbor.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Rankin was a pacifist who had also voted against the American entrance into World War I.
For the second time, Congress reciprocated, declaring war on the European powers. Start your free trial today.The Pearl Harbor memorial, otherwise known as the USS Arizona Memorial, is a National Monument located at the site of the sunken battleship USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.
Commemorating the 1, crewman who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor, it s a tribute to World War II valor in the Pacific. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December , the sleeping giant was awakened and came looking for trouble. And even though the majority of America's war-making potential was slated for use against Germany (which was by far the most dangerous of the Axis foes, again for reasons of economics), there was still plenty left over for use against Japan.
The Pearl Harbor false flag. operation of December 7th, which provided the excuse for the US to enter World War 2 is about to be celebrated once again. Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions - Kindle edition by Alan Zimm. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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The attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in many significant effects. Most notably, American opinion turned against Japan shortly after the attack, prompting the entry the United States and Canada into World War II, followed by Germany and Italy declaring war on America.
The Japanese were defensive of the strike, claiming that war was imminent; .