United States was not expecting such an event; it was such an unannounced attack on the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. That unexpected attack on December 7, 1941 was originally just a preventive effort for keeping the US from interfering with military action the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia. Japan wanted to cripple the pacific fleet so they wouldn’t foil their plan to create a defense perimeter in the Southwest Pacific. Japanese aircraft launched two aerial attack waves sinking four US Navy battleships and damaging two other battleships. The attacks also led to a high number of deaths.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor Shapes American History “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy . . .” These famous lines were spoken the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave this speech to the U.S. Congress on December 8, 1941. Many criticized the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but the decision to attack America was wisely made.
We had our chances to avoid a tragedy and missed all of them. What would have happened if the United States planned a counter attack against the Japanese fleet? For starters, it could be reasonably assumed that thousands of American lives would have been saved. Also, instead of our pacific fleet being devastated, we probably would have inflicted major damage to the Japanese Navy. Most assuredly, this would have committed the United States to World War II.
The attack was a declaration of war by the Japanese on the Americans, which was followed by declarations of war by the Germans, and Italy. The United States aligned itself with the allies now entangled in a war with the axis powers in both the Pacific theater and the European theater. While it is common knowledge that Pearl harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, it is widely believed that Pearl Harbor was as a whole a surprise attack. In recent times information is starting to arise that pearl harbor might not have been a surprise, and that we could have saved American lives in the Pacific. With many documents released through t... ... middle of paper ... ...cted to have been attacked but, with the proper information and equipment, the United States may never have lost so many men to a attacking Japanese Navy.
He explained how the attacks had to have been planned weeks in advance, but during that time Japan acted as if they were making peace with the United States. Roosevelt reported the damages and losses that the nation suffered due to the attacks. He explained what actions would be taken to defend the country, and what they would do to ensure this would never happen again. The purpose of his speech was to request Congress to declare war against Japan while displaying the confidence to assure the nation that event... ... middle of paper ... ...made the country want to fight back, but he also used the right words to give America hope. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation was successful because he declared war on Japan without instilling too much fear on the nation.
I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu” (Roosevelt). He also states many places that had been attacked after the attack on Pearl Harbor, such as Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines, Wake Island, and Midway Island. By doing this Franklin Delano Roosevelt is proving to the American people that this was not one attack in protest of sanctions, but ... ... middle of paper ... ...o. “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation.” US Capitol Building, Washington D.C. 8 December 1941.
On December 7, 1941 it was a quiet morning until a few minutes after eight when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The attack came “in two waves of terror lasting two long hours, they killed or wounded over 3500 Americans and sunk or badly damaged 18 ships including all 8 battleships of the pacific fleet (“Pearl Harbor History…”).” This was one of few attacks on America made to date. December 7th 1941 will be a date that will be remembered by both nations forever. The United States (U.S.) responded to the attack by declaring war on Japan. Many wonder why Japan attacked the United States in the first place.
There is a lot of history that led up to Japan bombing Pearl Harbor, Japan needed a reason to bomb the United States. The Japanese couldn’t have just bombed Pearl Harbor for fun, in fact, the Japanese were mad at the United States even thought they were allies during World War I. Even though the Pearl Harbor attack wasn’t the reason for World War II to start, it brought the United States into war. Yet, the United States and Japan did bring World War II to an end. Many people died due to the Pearl Harbor attack, but the United States wasn’t going to just stand there, they declared war.
The events of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 changed not just the American way of life, but the way in which terrorism will forever be viewed. Moments after the first plane changed our way of life by crashing into the first tower, it also changed the way people will live their lives for many generations from that point forward. For the first time on Continental United States soil, America was under siege. Months after the attack many political figures and citizens wondered about warning signs and if there were indicators that may have identified a warning or imminent attack. As the attacks were analyzed a correlation between the attack on Pearl Harbor and New York City had indicators of imminent attacks.
They sunk four of the seven ships and hit one ship that was dry docked receiving repair. Among the ships sunk were the USS Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and the USS California. The USS Pennsyl... ... middle of paper ... .... It leveled the city in seconds. It was the first real revenge of Pearl Harbor that the American soldiers felt.