Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?
America's Turning Point
On an otherwise calm Sunday morning on December 7, 1941, the Japanese shocked
the world by bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
This 'dastardly attack' was the turning point for America and for the War.
On December 8, the nation was gathered around its radios to hear President
Roosevelt deliver his Day of Infamy
speech. That same day, Congress declared war on Japan. On December 11,
Congress declared war on Germany.
The slogan 'Remember Pearl Harbor' mobilized a nation and helped awaken the mighty war machine and economic engine that is America.
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Over 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded in 2 waves of terror lasting 2 long hours.
350 aircraft were destroyed or damaged.
All 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged - including the U.S.S. Arizona.
And yet all of America's aircraft carriers remained unscathed.
The sinking of the USS Arizona ended the story of the invincible battleship and
began a new story about the superiority of the mighty aircraft carrier.
Why did Japan attack?
Why was America so unprepared for this battle?
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