The Marines took heavy causalities, as the American bombings had not been effective. The generals who had planned the attack thought it would take about a week to take control of the island. They were wrong, it took 36 days. The bombs the American had sent out only made it easier for the Japanese. What it had done was to churn up the beaches and the immediate hinterland and had given the Japanese far more opportunities to find hiding-holes for snipers.
A third effect the Battle of Midway had on World War II was that it stopped the Japanese from expanding their land. It could have been horrific if Japan became larger. Again, Japan attacked Midway because of an airplane attack that came from and aircraft carrier. The plan the Japanese came up with was simple but difficult to execute and did not work. Lastly American forces took out four aircraft carriers and won the Battle of Midway.
Japan’s main target was suppos... ... middle of paper ... ... plan depended for success on seizing an island perimeter in the western Pacific. The Japanese left Pearl Harbor at 9:55 AM. The United States didn’t think the attack was over though. All in all, 18 American ships and almost 300 airplanes were destroyed or damaged by the Japanese fleets. 2,500 men were killed and 1,000 were injured, but on the downside, 68 civilians were killed and 35 were wounded.
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.
It was the first real revenge of Pearl Harbor that the American soldiers felt. After the bombings the Japanese did not surrender forcing Truman to drop the other bomb on Nagasaki. This bomb was buffeted by the terrain of the city but it still tore the city to pieces. After the second bombing, the Japanese finally gave up and surrendered, ending the war that started four years earlier with the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Attack on Pearl Harbor rocked the American’s world.
They underestimated the strength of the forces the Americans had. Also, the Japanese made tactical mistakes. They wasted valuable searching hours while attacking a relatively unimportant target, which was a tanker. The Americans had advantages of knowing what the enemy were planning due to being able to intercept and decode their signals. Also, they had radar that could identify incoming enemy aircraft in time for them to scramble their own fighters into the air to attack them.
Operation Hawaii: Yamamoto had plans on neutralizing and sinking the U.S. Fleet in Hawaii Waters, this would allow japan the time to consolidate its empire. The war would begin with a massive blow against the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Americans were unaware of the plan and they see the Japanese to be inferior to them and unsuited as soldiers and aviators. On November 26, 1941, 6:00 am, the task force sailed to pearl harbor, staying undetected. There was no sun, moon nor stars so the weather was in their favor until the morning they launched their attack, which made navigation difficult.
The Americans would slowly take over the island. After a horrifying month on the island, the Americans surrounded the Japanese in the most northerly corner of the island. On March 16th, the island was captured by the Americans. After the bloody fight the Americans lost 6891 men, this was little compared to the Japanese. Out of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers, only 212 were taken prisoner.
Actually, the B-24 bomber later on ended World War II as the most produced heavy bomber in history. So according to our false standards, Japan was too weak to pose any serious threat to Pearl Harbor or any other part of the United States for that matter. When looked at in a practical manner, the attack was extremely inconvenient for the Japanese considering Japan and Hawaii are roughly 4,000 miles apart. Furthermore, poor communication played a sizable role in achieving the surprise aspect of the attack. For instance, the US intercepted a message on December 7th from Japan, threatening war.
The weather occurred, the place was nothing like they expected, and tons of soldiers were hiding within the island itself, and not on the island. Camouflage worked at first for the Japanese, who already had information about the attack on Iwo Jima. Most of the soldiers felt that they could beat America. Only the commander knew that it was hopeless. He already knew about how the American assault was going t...