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To begin, the attack on Pearl Harbour was devastating to U.S. naval capabilities in the Pacific at the onset of their entry into the war. Japanese officials had grown tired of the U.S. oil embargo, which was meant to limit their territorial expansion and aggression in South-East Asia as well as China, and as negotiations weren’t reaching any conclusions they decided that the only course of action was a first strike on the aircraft carriers at Pearl Harbour to cripple U.S. naval capability in the Pacific (Rosenberg 1). The attack, which lasted about two hours, had resulted in the sinking of four battleships, among ...
How would the world be if we would have lost W W II. Although WWII started in September 1, 1939, we didn't enter the conflict until 1941. In the beginning we only sent supplies to our allies. That all changed on one date- December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor. After Pearl Harbor we intercepted a encrypted message from the Japanese of their plans to attack and take over midway. So we assembled a naval team to take on the Japanese at the Battle of Midway. The battle of Midway changed the war for the U.S. because we were the underdog going in and we came out as the victors. Also i am going to explain to you how we were the underdogs, what happened, and how we won the battle.
The United States was engaged in a naval battle with Japan from June 4-7 1942, 6 months after Pearl Harbor (Carson) (Interview). This engagement was The Battle of Midway and the most important naval battle of WWII. The United States was able to take control of the Pacific after the victory. This battle not only determined naval superiority in the Pacific but also was a turning point for the entire World War. (Interview)
World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. This war was fought between two opposing military alliances which were the Allies and the Axis. The Allies’ military forces were led by the countries China, the United States, the British Empire, and the Soviet Union. The Axis military forces were led by Germany, Japan, and Italy. Over thirty countries were involved in this war, but two main opposing forces, Japan and the United States, fought each other in what is called the Pacific Ocean Theatre. Japan joined the Axis forces in December of 1941 and attacked the United States on December 7 at Pearl Harbor, which led the United Sates to officially declare war on Japan. Many major campaigns and battles took place during the Pacific Theatre; one of them being the Battle of Iwo Jima, which began on February 19, 1945 and lasted until March 26, 1945 (Editors of Wikipedia 1).
The Battle of Midway by Craig L. Symonds is an in depth look at the events and decisions both before and during The Battle of Midway, which started on June 4th, 1942. Symonds uses a combination of words, pictures, and maps to drive home his message in a beautifully crafted work. Over all the book focuses on the war in the Pacific starting from just after Pearl Harbor and then focusing in on The Battle of Midway. The author uses the Americans, as well as the Japanese, point of view to portray the many factors of war at sea. Throughout his novel, Symonds investigates the many aspects that would lead to an American victory as well as a turning point of the war in the Pacific. “A history of what is perhaps the most pivotal naval battle in American history necessarily must explore the culture of both the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy, as well as the politics and technology of the age.” (Symonds 5).
Having been spread out over more land and involved more people than any other war in history, many believe World War II is also the most historic war in as well. There has never been a war of such immense importance and such a gigantic magnitude. The United States served an absolutely vital role in the outcome of this war. The U.S. was faced with the duty of taking on two different wars at the same time in two different places in the world. Something that many countries would have backed away from. The European front was without hesitation the more evident of the two considering the unquestionable mayhem and evils that were being committed by Adolf Hitler. United States involvement on the European front was unavoidable and, generally much easier for U.S. forces to get to. Having fought in Europe less than thirty years prior, the U.S. was familiar with the territory and proper strategy. The Pacific Campaign of World War II offered an incomparable test for the United States Armed Forces. U.S. Armed Forces had never fought in the South Pacific or even on terrain that resembled the conditions in which they would be faced with in the Pacific Islands. With the Army deeply involved in Europe, in December of 1941 the United States found it self stuck in a war that it was not ready for and had no idea how to fight. However, the United States Marine Corps were the ideal company for the kind of combat they would be faced with in the Pacific. Marines had adequate training for land to sea combat. The Marine Corps fighting in the Pacific gave the U.S. its only chance of being successful against the Japanese military.
The early advances by the Japanese were both swift and precise. They targeted the one thing they needed most, the raw materials to run their country (Rice 14). But the first real move made by the Japanese war machine was the all out air attack on the America heave fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese, who felt America to be the only great threat to their expansion into the Pacific(Stein 6). By destroying the U.S. naval presence in the Pacific they could march unopposed and complete their plans for total Pacific conquest. But this all depended on the destruction of their real targets the U.S carriers Lexington, Yorktown, and Saratoga. But these ships were out doing strategic maneuvers that day(Stein 24). Their loss would have severely impacted the U.S. Navy's ability to strike back at Japan, possibly adding years to the war's duration (Rice 15).
Imagine the thunderclap rocked the skies, the bomb explosion from heavy attack on a quiet early Sunday morning while many U.S. Sailors and Airmen were still in their pajamas or having breakfast in the mess halls. Senior Enlisted Leaders must know and understand the important of Pearl Harbor attack because the deadly strike slung the United States into World War II, making it global conflict. This essay will cover the details of the attack on Pearl Harbor, its importance as part of U.S. Naval and its nation’s history and how it has evolved over the time to become a part of current operations.
At the beginning of World War II, the Japanese were a major threat to the Asian World. On December 7, 1941, when they decided to attack Pearl Harbor (a US naval base in Hawaii), it was evident that their intentions were not limited to Asia. The United States entered World War II as a result of this attack. The war continued for six long years, and involved most of the major World Powers. During this time, there were many battles between the United States and Japan, including one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, which took place at Okinawa. If allowed to expand, Japan posed a serious threat to the allies.
On the 7th of June, 1942, the United States navy experienced one of its more decisive victories of World War II along with an influential moment in the future of naval aviation tactics. Before the Battle of Midway and throughout much of World War II, the focus of U.S. naval sea-power was placed heavily on U.S. battleships. Several engagements in World War II proved contrary to the theory of battleship power, bringing the idea of carrier and naval aviation tactics. This new set of tactics allowed forward and fast-paced naval influence on the enemy, a practice heavily seen throughout the Battle of Midway. Through the tactical use of dive bombers in the Battle of Midway, the U.S naval fleet gained a significant military advantage both during the battle and toward the future of naval aviation. First, a background of carrier and dive bomber presence before and throughout Midway will be observed, along with the original naval tactics of the U.S. navy prior to Midway; next, a description and analysis of the U.S. naval carrier and dive bomber tactics during the Battle of Midway will be observed; finally, an analysis will be provided on how the decisions and tactics during the Battle of Midway influenced the future of U.S. naval sea-power philosophy. Overall, this paper will prove the high degree of influence on the future of U.S. naval tactics that the use of carriers and dive bombers had during the Battle of Midway.
Eventually, the surprise attack in Pearl Harbor was effective but not devastating as Japan intended and Adm. Yamamoto had planned it. Consequently, the U.S. lost 18 battle ships, 300 airplanes and 2,500 Sailors and Soldiers; however, Japan left the oil storage depots, the shipyards, submarines’ docks and all aircraft carriers intact. This allow the U.S. to bounce back quickly into war and Japan rather than obtaining victory realized the sleeping giant that they had awoken. Unfortunately, our U.S. leaders have not learned to avoid diplomacy in the cases with arrogance and radical ideologies are imperative and necessary for those attempting to achieve and cripple our democracy.
...ld to help and those whose lives were lost and affected by the attack, as well as to remind us that anything could happen and that we should be grateful for the safety and peace of mind we have today. The attack was definitely a setback and left many Americans in shock, but it also created a new point of view for Americans. It provided people with a means of living, a reason to fight and contribute to the effort. Craig Shirley, interviewed by Michael Morella states, “ American attitudes about the war change radically, (as do) American attitudes about the economy, about giving to the war. The war is not part of the culture; the war is the culture. Everything is viewed through the prism of the war effort.” The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed the American outlook, economy and its society within a matter of hours, and it is to be remembered for the days to come.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the reasons why the United States failed to prevent the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Whether the surprise of the attack was the U.S. intelligence agencies responsibility, policymakers, or both the cause of an attack goes back to the history between Japan and the U.S.
In May of 1942, Japanese Admiral Isorosku Yamamoto devised a plan to draw the US Pacific fleet into battle where he could completely destroy it. To accomplish this master plan of his, he sought out the invasion of Midway Island which would provide a base for the Japan troops to attack Hawaii. Unfortunately for Yamamoto, America decrypted Japanese radio transmissions and Admiral Chester Nimitz was able to establish a counter attack against this offensive. Nimitz sent three aircraft carriers, The USS Enterprise, The USS Hornet and The USS Yorktown to destroy the Japanese. This is just a short overview of The Battle of Midway, or as commonly referred to as, the battle that changed the war. People argue that it had no affect on the war, but those critics couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Battle of Midway was the turning point of the war because it fully enters America into the war, it kicked off the Pacific Campaign, and it had Japan on the defensive, thus preventing them from helping The Axis Forces.