Pearl Harbor

~Shelby Wait~

Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because it held the majority of the American naval forces in the pacific. By bombing the navy, they managed to hurt any efforts at an attack following them to suddenly back off. They also decided to attack Pearl Harbor because the Japanese were expecting their results to cripple the U.S. Pacific Fleet for up to year and a half. They launched a suprise attack on the US Navy and Air Force so they could go on and conquer China. The Japanese believed that if they succeeded in bombing the US Ships and Aircraft that they would have enough time to go on in taking over China.

Was there any warning or was this a surprise attack?

One major warning sign at Pearl Harbor happened at approximately 6:30 a.m. There was a message that was sent and it was sent encoded. The telegram did not say clearly that there was a successful attack on another ship. Thanks to the cluelessness, the warning signs were ignored and they included, radar operator spotting and reporting the approach of enemies, two mini Japanese submarines were spotted and attacked, and war was expected at any time.

What happened at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941?

On the morning of Pearl Harbor the Japanese launched a surprise air attack on the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii. The attack at Pearl Harbor made the Americans so mad that they abandoned its policy of free trade and declared a war on Japan the next day and officially bring the U.S into WWII.

What was the result of the attack on Pearl Harbor?

As the result of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S.had lost approximately 1800 soldiers. they lost 2,403 Americans that day including 68 civilians. It was also one of those defining moments when Americans from coast to coast stood up and refused to be ignored. Within 24 hours, recruiting offices all across the country were open with lines going on for blocks. By attacking Americans on American soil, people refused to take it lying down. So anyone who was able, signed up to serve in the war and be apart of fighting for our country.

My Curiosity!

What particularly interested me about the Pearl Harbor is why they were so stupid to ignore the warning signs from Japan and why they didn't try to stop it right then. It surprised me that there were so many Americans that had lost their lives and 68 civilians included.