The Battle Of Pearl Harbor: The Cause Of World War II

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In September of 1939, the second World War broke out after Germany annexed Austria and invaded Poland. The first World War was compromised after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which included: war guilt clause, reparations, disarmament, and territorial clauses (WorldWarTwo-Causes). However, “ [t]he German people were very unhappy about the treaty and thought that it was too harsh” (WorldWarTwo-Causes). Germany was in a very poor position after World War One and were angry that they were to blame for the cause of the war. An influential and persuasive man named Adolf Hitler, promised Germany that he would solve their problems and pull them out of their depression. German people invested their future in Hitler’s hands and voted him to …show more content…
The United States ship carriers fled the scene at Pearl Harbor and the Japanese navy followed for revenge. The naval commander of the Japanese fleet was Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku, who wanted to destroy the United States naval fleet, which happened to take place near the Midway islands. The American naval commander that led the United States fleet was Admiral Chester Nimitz who was able to strategize the Japanese navies …show more content…
This was an advantage to the Japanese, until the United States navy broke the code and identified where the Japanese were going to attack, which helped the victory for the United States. From the beginning of Pearl Harbor, the United States Pacific fleet was responsible for developing the program named, the Combat Intelligence Unit (R.Worth). This group was responsible for breaking the code which included several thousands of numbers. The analysts would use specific machines to decode the message. If the code was broken, the United States could then locate the Japanese and layout their plan. Director of the group was a man named, Joseph Rochefort, who was able to figure out “a large part of the Japanese naval code, JN25, and could read much of what was contained in the enemy’s messages” (R.Worth). This helps the United States navy in strategizing where and when to put their carriers for attack. Once Americans figured out what the code meant, the Japanese suddenly changed their code again, but that did not stop the United States. “Japanese code was supposed to be changed each month so the enemy could not begin to decipher it” (R.Worth). But yet, they were still using the same form of code which made the job easy for the United States

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