The Attack On Pearl Harbor

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Jonah Keller Grace Komorous WWII Report 15 March 2017 Pearl Harbor Introduction “Pearl Harbor is an inlet, or bay on the southern coast of Oahu, an island in Hawaii.” The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack on the U.S naval base, located in Hawaii. On December 7, 1941 Japanese warplanes carried out an attack on the U.S naval base Pearl Harbor. Japan’s plan was to just completely destroy the pacific fleet. That way the Americans would not be able to fight back as Japan’s armed forces spread across the south pacific. It lasted for two hours, but affected thousands people. This event brought the United States into WWII. To this day, this event is still remembered as the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Attack The attack on Pearl Harbor…show more content…
The U.S sunk four of the five submarines. Japan practiced and prepared for the attack for a long time. The probability of the attack depended on the surprise of the attack. (“History.com Staff”) Japan Japan took the attack very seriously. They did not think of the attack as foolish at all. Since the U.S embargo blocked Japan from getting their crucial goods, Japan decided that a way to respond was to attack their naval base. The Japanese government believed the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbors territory and take over its import market. To this end: Japan declared war on China and in 1937. Japan flew 3,400 miles across the Pacific ocean just to execute their attack on Pearl Harbor. United States Destruction Eleven ships were sunk and 188 airplanes were destroyed. There were eight U.S battleships at the naval base during the attack; the Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia. No carriers were destroyed, because they had already left the base prior to the attack.There were eight battleships at Pearl Harbor that day. The USS Oklahoma was so damaged that it tipped over. All eight battleships were either sunk or destroyed. All but two (Arizona and Oklahoma)

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