By Bayley Monroe
Where and When?
On the morning of December 7th, 1941, the U.S. naval base in Oahu, Hawaii (Pearl Harbor), was attacked by the Japanesse.
Summary and Important Facts
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that morning, was a shock to American citizens and families of men and women who were located at Pearl Harbor. The Japanesse had two primary goals of the attack, sink as many naval battleships and destroy as much aircraft as possible. They came in two parts/waves, the first contained 183 aircraft planes, and the second wave was made of 170 planes. From the time of 7:55 am to 9:45 am, approximately 2,335 servicemen were killed, and about 1,143 were wounded. Though, not only servicemen were affected by the attack, about 70 civillians were killed, and around 40 injured. The Japanesse lost men as well, but not near the numbers that America faced. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.
The California, and West Virginia battleships were sunk, though they were restored. Nevada, Maryland, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania were damaged severely, but they too were repaired eventually. Many more naval submarines and ships were destroyed as well. Oklahoma, Arizona, and Utah were lost completely, Oklahoma and Utah were turned over, and Arizona was bombed horribly and sunk without the opportunity to be restored. A large amount of aircraft was destroyed, as well as whole airfields.
Conflicts Before Pearl Harbor
The United States and Japan were having some differences before the attack on Pearl Harbor, that concerned the way Japan was treating China. The Japanesse government thought the best way to solve their economic problems was to invade in the enemy's territory and take over. While the United States started to talk about peace with Japan, after Japan declared war on China in 1937, Japan started planning an attack on Pearl Harbor.
Well obviously the result of the Pearl Harbor attack was World War II.
Attack on Pearl Harbor - Footage and Aftermath