Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor

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One fateful morning on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese attack planes first hit the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii at 7:53AM. Approximately more than 2,000 soldiers and sailors were killed, and 1,000 were injured. The Japanese destroyed 200 airplanes and 20 American naval vessels, including 8 colossal battleships in just two hours. This surprise attack caused President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress to declare war on Japan, and its allies Italy and Germany also declared war on the United States 3 days later.
Japan had been invading French Indochina to expand into their territories and to take over its import market, because they believed that that was what had to be done in order to solve its economic problems. This aggression towards China angered President Franklin D. Roosevelt, since the U.S had political ties with them, so he imposed a ban on trades with Japan which included its economy’s essential supplies such as the export of oil, steel, and iron. The President’s act resulted in Japan’s barrage on Pearl Harbor. In an attempt to retaliate against the U.S. president’s imposition, the Japanese ambushed its naval base by sending aircraft to destroy and kill hundreds of battleships and soldiers. The attack was unforeseen because nobody thought Japan would invade American territory, considering it would be inconvenient since Japan and Hawaii were 4,000 miles apart.
This blitz attack shocked and enraged the citizen of Americans, but in retrospect…
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