Reasons Behind Japan's Attack On Pearl Harbor

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December 7, 1941 was a usual quiet Sunday in Oahu. Little did everyone know by
December 8, the United States of America will be engulfed with hatred and patriotism. All for one reason the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attacks on Pearl Harbor had changed the course of the
Second World War by launching the United States into the bloodiest conflict the world has ever seen. Therefore, fate the Axis Powers were sealed.
To better understand the attack on Pearl Harbor, we need to know why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In the years leading up to the attack, America and Japan’s military did not see eye to eye and had finally come to a boiling point. Japan invaded Manchuria to supply itself with resources for its growing military
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was supplying Great Britain with supplies to fight the war. Americans back home think that it was inevitable for the U.S to enter the war too. The Japanese Imperial
Navy saw America as a threat in the Pacific. The thirst for control of the Pacific Ocean was all
Japan needed to start planning their attack on Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was in Oahu, Hawaii.
The harbor was the U.S Navy’s protection for the western part of America. Home to the Pacific
Fleet. Japan’s planned attack was a controlled and intelligently planned strike to show that
America was not the only one with great power.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack on the island of Oahu which consisted of three waves of aircraft from the Japanese fleet about 230 miles away from the island .The first wave of aircraft strategically hit all military installations and some civilian targets throughout the island, while the second wave was more focused on Pearl Harbor. The ships that were in port at the time. The primary target of the attack was to seek and destroy the American aircraft carriers that were stationed at Pearl Harbor. Finally the third wave of bombers were called off because of the unknown location of the aircraft carriers
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A total 8 battleships were at least damaged along with 3 destroyers, one mine craft and five auxiliary ships. The US lost a total of 169 aircraft with 154 damaged. At the end of the war all Japanese ships with the exception of one were all destroyed at some point during the war. The day after the attacks on December 8,1941, the United States unanimously adopted a declaration of war against the Japanese empire .By the end of December the United States of America “woke up in the morning thinking how can I help the war effort. The war was not part of the culture, the war was culture.’’ The United States went on to destroy the Axis Powers in World War Two by 1945. Nearing an end to the war, the US feared an invasion of the Japanese homeland would cost millions of lives for both sides so Truman opted to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and then again on Nagasaki three days later. Killing hundreds of thousands forcing Japan to surrender to the allies on September 2, 1945. In conclusions to this amazing draw dropping topic, over the course of this research paper , we have found the impacts on history that the attacks on Pearl Harbor and how it changed the course of the Second World War, and the effects that it had on American life after the attacks. The causes leading up to the attacks and the effects in had on the world

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