The Battle of Coral Sea was the battle before the Battle of Midway. At Coral Sea, Japan didn’t finish its goal of the mission, which was to invade Port Moresby in New Guinea in order for its planes to dominate the skies over northern Australia. Even though the mission failed the naval power was still with the Japanese. (Cragg) (Lambert) (Hone) Japan’s goal during the Battle of Midway was to destroy the American aircraft carriers and take over the islands of midway, which would then led to their capture of Pearl Harbor. Confident in their advantage in numbers, Japan wanted to finish off the American fleet at Midway (Lambert).
They figured Americans would be relaxed and less alert. The Japanese plan of destroying the Pacific Fleet was simple and should have been fool proof. In this case, the Americans couldn’t fight back. The plan was to crush the American Navy at Naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Vice Admiral Chichi Nagumo sent six aircraft carriers, 24 supporting ships, and a pack of submarines for the attack to sink Americans ships that escape.
Japan decided to attack Pearl Harbor (U.S. naval base), so that the U.S. would not interfere with Japan conquering the Dutch East Indies. They wanted oil and the land from the Indies. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. America didn’t know that Japan was attacking them, so it was a surprise attack and they were not prepared. Japan was attacking America’s ships and planes.
Nobody really thought the Japanese would attack our fleet at Pearl Harbor in the east even though we knew it was possible for an aircraft carrier attack to hit there. The Japanese secretly sent a large naval fleet toward Pearl Harbor. It was the largest fleet of its type in history. The purpose of the mission was to wipe out the U.S. Pacific Fleet so the Japanese could continue to take control of the South Pacific area. Our fleet was the only real threat to their military plan.
The Battle of Midway was a main turning point in the Pacific Theatre. The US was on the defensive for the duration of the war until the victory at Midway because of the Germany First policy, and the devastating Pearl Harbor attack. The US always made sure to use one of its advantages at all times, cryptography. Cryptography was a major part of the win in Midway, and the US also had the element of surprise also supplied from cryptography. The victory at Midway provided the time the US needed to turn out more ships and planes, including the Essex-class ship.
Pearl Harbor was the Japanese’s way of trying to deal with the massive U.S Pacific fleet. However, Pearl Harbor was not the turning point of the war. After December 7th the United States began work on numerous technological developments which would ultimately help them in one of the most important battles of WWII, the largest naval confrontation of the war, The Battle of Midway. The battle, which took place from June 4th to June 7th , 1942 is widely considered the turning point of the Pacific Theater (James & Wells). Through the Post-Pearl Harbor desire for “Revenge” and various technological advantages including code breaking and radar, the U.S were able to outsmart the Japanese at Midway and ultimately win the battle, eventually leading to a victory in the Pacific.
Because of this, the Japanese believed that they needed to put an end to the U.S. Navy. Japan then bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 (White 4). This attack did a large amount of damage, but the Japanese did not succeed in what they wanted to do, they wanted to destroy the American aricraft carriers. These aircraft carriers were not being stored in Pearl Harbor at that time. Just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded two more significant stations in the Pacific Ocean.
“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt. Pearl Harbor was the cataclysmal event that plunged us into World War II. Although the bombing on Pearl Harbor devastated the American Naval force in the Pacific, America pushed on through the struggle and won the war. To further examine the day, there were many factors that created the cause and effects of the attack. TRAINING PARAGRAPH The Empire of Japan attacked the harbor at about 0800.
They decided to launch a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor knowing that by destroying America’s Pacific fleet, the U.S. would not be able to fight back, and they would have to surrender. In the months before the attack on United States bases in the Pacific, the young Japanese men trained rigorously for service in their country’s air forces. Several factors prevented the American command from ant... ... middle of paper ... ... at all. Soon after the surprise attack, on September 8, President Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war. They agreed with an overwhelming vote for war, and Roosevelt soon addressed America: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan.” Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S., and the U.S. declared war on Italy and Germany.
Japanese air base threaten Australia and supported plans for future expansion, trying to help Australia get out of the war and exchange the strategic defense of Japan's oceanic empire. In the spring of 1942, the Japanese had great gains in the Far East. The conquest of the Philippines, Burma, Malaya, and Dutch East Indies had cost the Japanese Navy 23 warships. Also, 67 transportation ships had also been lost. The naval command had expected a greater loss.