Pearl Harbor

On December 7th, at 7:55 a.m., 353 Japanese aircraft from six aircraft carriers fell from the skies over Pearl Harbor.In the blink of an eye, bombs and torpedoes were exploding all around the anchored U.S Pacific fleet, while the dreaded Zero fighters strafed both Wheeler and Hickam airfields.In little more than an hour and forty-five minutes, all eight of the Pacific fleet's battleships had either been sunk or severely damaged, in addition seven various lesser vessels, 350 aircraft and 2,403 personnel were also lost in the action.
The attack was a devastating blow to the American Pacific fleet; they had suffered massive losses in the face of a flawlessly executed surprise attack on the part of the Japanese. For months before the actual engagement, the United States had been levying trade embargoes against Japan as a result of their aggression towards their Asian neighbors.When the Japanese government finally decided that the only remaining course of action concerning the U.S was war, they consulted Admiral Yamamoto, commander of the Imperial Combined Fleet, as to whether or not he could successfully combat the American Navy.Yamamoto, who had been opposed to war with the U.S responded, "I will run wild for six months…. but should the war last two or three years I can not promise an outcome of victory."It was his opinion that the small, resource-poor Japanese homeland could not beat the highly industrialized American colossus.However, if war was inevitable then he was going to do every thing in his power to win, which meant strikingfirst and striking hard.Thus the operation to attack Pearl Harbor was set in motion.


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