World War II

By Fernando Arellano

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Pearl Harbor

  • 12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in World War 2
  • 6 bomber crewmen were wounded for each killed
  • The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese
  • Between 1939 and 1945 the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs, An average of about of about 27,700 tons of bombs each month
  • The US army had more ships that the US Navy
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Pearl Harbor

Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attaked the Americans naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly20 Americans naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

But the Japanese had failed to cripple the Pacific Fleet. By the 1940s, battleships were no longer the most important naval vessel: Aircraft carriers were, and as it happened, all of the Pacific Fleet's carriers were away from the base on December 7. The Pearl Harbor assult had left the base's most vital onshore facilities-oil storage depots, repair shops, shipyards and submarine docks-intact. As a result, the U.S. navy was able to rebound the relatively \quickly from the attack

Connecting with places and people

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Emperor Hirohito who was involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor