December 7th, 1941. This was the date of one of the most important attacks on the United States in the history of America. This was the date of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor was the last straw that led to the United States joining World War II as part of the Allied Power. The bombing was in reaction to many economic sanctions that were placed on Japan, so the bombing was not just to make the United States mad. We can see many reasons as to why Japan would bomb Pearl Harbor.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor The United States is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the East, the Pacific Ocean to the West and is bordered by two friendly nations, Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. Attacks on United States soil have therefore been rare. The surprise attack by the Japanese in 1941 on the United States at Pearl Harbor resulted in a great loss of life and changed the course of history. Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States was an isolationist country and coming out of the Great Depression.
When the attack on Pearl Harbor finally did occur, it provided the means of the government and the motivation of the fooled public to launch the United States into World War II. The Roosevelt administration opportunely overlooked the reminder to tell the American people of the measure played in causing the outcome of December 7th by its maneuver of "economic warfare, its secret diplomacy, its covert military alliances, the submission of demands which Japan found `humiliating,' and its own complete abandonment of neutrality in favor of non-declared war" (Morgenstern, 310).
Pearl Harbor was one of the most motivational events in American history. From the very beginning Japan and America had their own social views and stereotypes about each other that a feud was bound to occur. On December 7, 1941 the nation of Japan sent out a fleet of their Imperial navy to attack the American held base on the island of Oahu. Leading this attack was Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto who was a militarily strategic genius.” Yamamoto was planning on sinking the entire American Pacific fleet so the U.S navy could be put out of the war for the time being and the Japanese navy could continue their expansion in the Southwest Pacific.”(book)(Gordon Prange 136-138)
A. Plan of the Investigation This investigation asks the question, what was the motivation of the Japanese government behind the air attack on Pearl Harbor? To assess these motivations, the significance of Pear Harbor, the result of the attack, the overall intentions of the Japanese government, as well as the relations with them and the United States are being identified and evaluated in this investigation. In addition, the attack itself must be evaluated to have a full understanding of the attack and its intention. B. Summary of Evidence
December 7, 1941 was a date that lived in infamy; it was a date that 2,400 Americans lost their lives needlessly. Several military ships were destroyed and millions of dollars in military equipment was lost. It was a date that this great nation still to this date has not forgotten. No one could have imagined something so horrific happening on American soil that day. The United States of America at that time was a neutral party in the war at that time. This attack caused a turning tide in the war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decisions that day could be said to be one of the most critical moments in presidential history. The first 24 hours from the attack that day were crucial and President Roosevelt responded with calm, deliberate, and decisive decisions that day. The United States declared war on the Empire of Japan and joined the fight in Europe against Nazi Germany and the Axis Alliance. The America people rallied with a vengeance and united to defend its self.
Japan had a very clear reason why they wanted to attack the United States. “It was dangerously dependent on America for scrap iron, steel, and above all oil: 80 percent of its petroleum came from the United States. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration had been attempting for years to use economic sanctions as leverage to force Japan to abandon its invasion of China.”4 By Imposing ban on the oil and steel, the economy of Japan was affected severely. The japanese felt that America was standing in their way concurring the Asia, which really affected them to place a attack on the Pearl Harbor. Although, the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan was successful by destroying the ships, but they failed to destroy the pacific fleet. This day would be remembered as one of the darkest day in the history of United States. Provoking attack on the United States, Japan’s situation regarding the world war II made it scary, they had to face the consequences later on. The attack on Pearl Harbor had major impact on the outcome of World War II, if Japan had never carried out their plans of Bombing Pearl Harbor, the Axis Power would have a better chance on winning Worlds War II, and innocent lives could have been
“When the war began, the United States had entered a period of isolationism. Americans viewed the conflict as Europe’s problem and wished to keep it that way. However, as the situation in Europe grew increasingly overwhelming, the United States began to slowly edge towards going to war.” The final point, of course was the surprise attack by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. However, in reality, the attack may not have been such a surprise and unforeseen event since tensions between the United States and Japan had been consistently heating up for several years even before the attack even happened. While the United States was still suffering with an economic meltdown due from the Great Depression, Japan was fervently digging its way out of a financial crisis they themselves were in. The Japanese had thought that their best hope for staying alive was hinged in their ability to expand their militarily further. While following this philosophy, the Japanese had attacked and occupied the southern region of Manchuria in the fall of 1931. The purpose of this attack was for the Japanese to gain territory rich with raw materials on the mainland. The only problem was that Manchuria was already under control by another country China and was made an area of strategic importance to the USSR. Although the United States never truste...
This paper will compare Gordon W. Prange's book "At Dawn We Slept - The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor" with the film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda. While the film provides little background to the attack, its focal point is on the Pearl Harbor assault and the inquiry of why it was not prevented, or at least foreseen in adequate time to decrease damage. Prange's book examines the assault on Pearl Harbor from both the Japanese and American viewpoints to gain a global view of the situation and the vast provision undertaken by Japanese intelligence. The film and book present the Japanese side, the American side, the events that lead up to the attack, and the aftermath.
One of the important causes for the attack on Pearl Harbour was the Japanese expansion into China beginning with the invasion of Manchuria in 1931. Japan was overpopulated and the population was increasing. Also Japan’s economy was affected from the Great Depression which began in 1929. Manchuria a region in Northeast China had 20,000 square kilometres of fertile land which made Manchuria a proper target has it would've helped with the overpopulation problem that Japan was facing. From the Treaty of Portsmouth (1904-1905) Japan had control of the South Manchuria Rail branch. In 1931 Japan had invested large amounts of money to Manchuria which helped them to get control of the Manchuria Railway Company. Utilizing, the reason of protecting Manchuria's