The Suprise Attack on Pearl Harbor

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Plan of Investigation The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate how the attack on Pearl Harbor wasn’t a surprise to Roosevelt and the United States. The main body of evidence will investigate what events lead up to the attack, diplomatic relations between Japan and the U.S., and the resulting factors of the attack. Evidence will include eyewitness accounts and newly released top secret documents. Documents will be analyzed in regards to their value, origin, purpose, and limitation in order to properly evaluate the evidence. Documents include a book containing top secret documents, letters, and theories written by Robert Stinnett as well as evidence from the U.S. Army Board. An analysis of these documents and a summary of evidence…show more content…
The submarine sinking was handled with no reaction, and the radar sighting was passed off as a group of American planes approaching that morning. The United States’ did not have any aircraft carriers at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. They were all out at training. The attacking Japanese planes came in two waves with high level bombers, dive bombers, and zeros(japanese fighter planes) strapped with torpedoes. By 9:55 am the attack was all over only two hours after it had begun. Behind them they left a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships, 2,403 dead, and 188 destroyed planes. With a close friendship between FDR and Churchill already established before the United States was even close to joining the war on the British side, the U.S. was looking at all options to help the British and defeat the Axis powers before Pearl Harbor came about. But after Pearl Harbor, with Roosevelts celebrated 10 minute speech ending with so help us God. He had his declaration of war he had been waiting for. Within less of 24 hours of being attacked the U.S. had declared war on Japan and joined World War Two. Three days after Pearl Harbor, Italy and Germany declared war on the United States. 4 years later the Axis powers ceased to exist and England, the U.S., and the USSR come out as the victors of World War Two. Evaluation of Sources Day of Deceit: The truth about FDR

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