Pearl Harbor

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  • When the Japanese attacked it lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
  • In the end a total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded.
  • The United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • The Japanese specifically chose to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and thus less alert on a weekend.
  • When Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida called out, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" ("Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!") upon flying over Pearl Harbor, it was a message to the entire Japanese navy telling them they had caught the Americans totally by surprise.

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Before 8 am on December 7,1941, Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in 2 waves 45 minutes apart from each other. The entire preemptive attack lasted only 90 minutes, and in that time, the Japanese sunk four battleships and two destroyers, pummeled 188 aircraft, and damaged even more buildings, ships and airplanes.

More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.The day after the assault, The US declared war on Japan.

Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States


Connection to the bombing of Hiroshima and FDR "Day of Infamy"speech.