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On December 7 of 1941, Japanese airplanes attacked the naval base of Pearl Harbor with a horrendous attack. With this, the 32nd president of the United States, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, gave his famous speech. Shortly after this, the British and United States declared war on Japan. Not so long after, Germany declares war on the United States. The attack of Pearl Harbor is to be said as the starting mark of America into the war of World War II. Now technically, the war started earlier in about 1921-1922, when Adolf Hitler assumed control of the National Socialist German Workers, otherwise known as the Nazis. But the US was not involved until the Japanese suddenly attacked Pearl Harbor. The US did have an idea of the Japanese attacking America, but that is another debate. Now, if the Americans of Pearl Harbor for sure known that Japanese planes were to attack, would there be another outcome to this assault? I believe that there would. If I could go back into time and prevent something, I think I would go to Pearl Harbor and confirm and warn that the Japanese are going to attack Pearl Harbor and with that in mind the US Navy fleet would have been well prepared for such an attack seeing as though an attack from Japan was imminent. As a result of my precautions, the out come of the attack would be entirely different and the US economy today could have been different.
Regardless of the warning, the naval base of Pearl Harbor would still be attacked. The casualties would be entirely different though. During the two hour attack on Pearl Harbor, 18 warships, 188 aircraft
, and 2,403 servicemen were killed in the attack. One main reason of this was because they were all unprepared. The Japanese attacked during the waking hours of normal people. Many of the servicemen were still in the state of sleep or just starting out their day, thinking it would be an ordinary day. If they were well warned or prepared, the US would have had their aircraft
ready for war or attack. With this in mind, they would have had a better chance at retaliating against the Japanese. Their would have been more aircraft
in the air, more heavy armory engaged, better positioned, and most likely another fleet of aircraft
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would have been destroyed and more Americans would have survived; which would lead me to another argument. The US lost a great amount of people during the attack, either way president Roosevelt would have declared war on Japan and we would have had more soldiers to do so with.
After destroying most of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese fighter pilots had barely enough fuel to fly back over the pacific and engage in another attack. Shortly after the attack on American soil, they decided to land in and attack Clark Air Base that was in the Philippines
which at the time was under control of the British, an ally of the Americans. The force at Clark Air Base was well aware of the Japanese's coming, but none of the aircraft
of the air base were in the air; the Japanese were rubbing their eyes in disbelief. After this attack, the Japanese was the unchallenged master of the Pacific and Indian oceans. If Pearl Harbor was informed, they would have been able to take down all of the Japanese aircraft
that were involved with the attacks; then would the entire history books be different. The Americans would have had substantial amount of troops for war and positioning of the air bases would increase the efforts in winning the war. Now with Germany in the picture, the US would have a greater force entering the European wars. Not saying the amount we sent wasn't adequate, but still a greater army in size would probably decrease casualty amounts for our army and decreased the amount of time spent into the war. A less devastating attack on Pearl Harbor would have made a great difference.
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"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan," stated Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Would this speech have kept it words if they were informed? This was how FDR opened his speech to the congress and the United States. At this point, the United States was hurt by the Japanese attack. Pre-warning of the US could have led to a better defense and a more confident army, which would lead to other better things. It was unavoidable that the US was going to enter World War II. It was accepted that the Axis of Power would put up a tough fight. But the attack on Pearl Harbor was the start of it for the United States. An informed army would have changed many things, especially the fact that the Empire of Japan would have been greatly weakened and morale for them would be destroyed, showing that it is not easy to make the US fall. In conclusion, with precaution of attack on Pearl Harbor, the beginning of the US' involvement with World War II would be an entirely different story. I guess Secretary of Interior Harold Ickes was right, "For a long time I have believed that our best entrance into the war would be by way of Japan."