The Causes And Impacts Of The Bombing Of Pearl Harbor

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On the morning of December 7th, 1941, the world had experienced a catastrophic event that had changed the course of history. The Bombing of Pearl Harbor happened in the midst of December where it was presumably a calm and quiet morning when suddenly, Japanese planes soared over the island, reigning bombs among the American military. The plan coordinated by Commander Minoru Genda, Rear Admiral Takejiro Onishi and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had consisted of delivering a surprise attack and dealing an intensive blow that could wipe the Americans off the grid of war. Yamamoto exclaimed that he led the Japanese into a gamble that would eventually decide the fate of many Japanese citizens. Yamamoto realized that the United States had ten times the …show more content…
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was the start of a completely revolutionary declaration of war against the Americans. A formidable Japanese admiral by the name of Isoroku Yamamoto proposed that if the Japanese nation were to engage in any warmongering activities against the Americans, they would have to deal a crippling blow before the Americans could even pick themselves up. If the Japanese were to draw out the war, the Americans would win. The Japanese commanders thought war was inevitable so they had started to formulate a plan against the Americans, thus bringing them into the tragic fight within the Pacific. Dating back to the late 1800s, American and Japanese relations were strained. These can be further depicted when the United States’ politicians proclaimed that the nation’s “manifest destiny” was to expand beyond its continental borders. Both nations sought for expansion. Already, many European colonies have sprouted in Asia, claiming land to extract valuable resources. Much friction arose in events such as America’s racism to Japanese, Japanese expansion into Asia and the Panay incident which had involved a U.S. gunboat being shot down by Japanese planes. The United States, supplying a great amount of oil to the Japanese had reduced their amount of shipment to create a stronger naval army. The Japanese knew that if their trades were completely cut off, they would have to find a proper solution to search for resources. The solution they had picked was to attack Pearl Harbor, in an attempt to bring Americans to the bargaining table. The bombing of course did not succeed and so did future negotiations involving trade, however the United States’ naval army in the Pacific was now crippled. Furthermore, the event brought America into the war. “The world was now truly at war”. The significance of this brought 2 350 000

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