How many people in this historic country really understand the events leading up to the United States entering World War Two? It began with the tragic event where the Japanese devastated the US fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Japan planned the devastating surprise attack to the Pacific Fleet that killed over 2000 people died, destroyed nearly 200 planes, and 7 battleships. Japan attacked the US at 0753 with the first wave, 0855 with the second wave, and ending by 0955. In one strike, the Japanese stopped whatever questioning the US had for joining the war.
Additionally, the United States placed oil embargoes on Japan hoping it would force Japan to shut down military operations in China. Japan, at a critical decision point, decided to bomb the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. On December 7th, 1941 at 6 a.m., Japan pilots bombed the naval base at Pearl Harbor, taking out the United States’ strongest battleships, killing thousands of people, and destroying hundreds of planes (Sherman). The day after Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan. Over the next few years, the United States and Japan fought fierce battles for dominance in the Pacific Ocean.
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Introduction At approximately 8 o’clock in the morning on the 7th of Dec 1941, the United States of America faced for the first time in history, an attack on US soil. The Empire of Japan had strategically planned and executed a swift blow to the state of Hawaii, located in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Hawaii was our first line of defense from any westerly attack of an Asian country. By the end of the almost 2 hour ordeal, our Naval and Air Corps assets’ were brutally crippled preventing the ability of the US to conduct an immediate retaliation. In this study we will cover many of the events that led up to that moment in time, the actual attack and show the result that were to follow.
Attack on Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor was a very vicious attack by the Japanese on the US. On December 7, 1941 US Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese fighter jets. United States had been aware of a possible attack since the 1920s; the US became more involved when the Japanese invaded Manchuria. Attack on Pearl Harbor was the beginning of something big, a bloody war between the Japanese and the United States. United States was not expecting such an event; it was such an unannounced attack on the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
First of all, United States employed Island Hopping strategy, which effectively made Japanese forces weaker and fail their defense (Encyclopedia of World War II, Volume II). To overcome the distance problem for United States during the Pacific War, General Douglas MacArthur primarily seized not well-defended islands and gradually approached Japan’s mainland (Beck, pg.). This strategy consisted of two prongs, southern and northern. In 1944, the southern prong reached Leyte Gulf. In 1944, the southern prong reached Leyte Gulf and the Japanese naval force attempted to destroy the American fleet.
He ended this address with, “I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire,” thus beginning the United States role in WWII. Four months and eleven days after Pearl Harbor, the United States attacked the Japanese mainland with long range bombers. This ... ... middle of paper ... ...st would have been devastating to the U.S. Work Cited “1942 Battle of Midway.” Youtube. 4 April 2013. Transcript.
Sometimes called the “Forgotten Front1” or the “Forgotten War2” the battle for the Aleutian Islands in southwest Alaska was one of the bloodiest of WWII. With the Battle for Attu still fresh in their minds, on August 14th, 1943 the US military sent over 100 ships and 30,000 men to land on the island of Kiska to attack a Japanese force estimated at 10,000 men. What they found on the island wound up shocking the Allied Forces. HISTORY In December of 1941, the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, pulling the US into WWII. The Japanese commander in charge of the Navy, Admiral Yamamoto, was looking for an opportunity to pull the US Navy into a battle in which he could decisively engage and destroy its carriers.
After a vicious attack on their own home front staged by the Japanese, the United States catapulted into World War II. Over the course of the next six years the United States engage in continuous battles with Germany, Japan, and Italy on various fronts in Europe and the Pacific which necessitated a larger fighting force. Men like Raymond Barron Chavez courageously served as a naval serviceman during the war. Through his accounts on the Pearl Harbor attack and battles in the Pacific, we learn the first hand details of World War II. World War II reveals that leaving particular issues unresolved in terms of war will most likely lead to another one.
On June 4th, 1942, six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the battle of the coral sea, the Japanese navy attacked the island of Midway. The Battle of Midway was the most significant naval war in history and was a turning point of World War II, as it was a U.S victory and previous to the battle of midway the Japanese had not lost a battle at sea, placing the U.S. in a position to reduce the Japanese Empire. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was left drastically defeated and wounded, entering the U.S. into full time war mode. To support the war efforts, the American economy shifted into a war economy, taxes were being raised, and industries began to produce for their military forces. Pearl Harbor was a very important stepping stone to the U.S. victory at the battle of Midway, sending a wake-up call the Americans