Why Did The Attack On Pearl Harbor Happen?

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Attack on Pearl Harbor How did the attack on Pearl Harbor happen? Was it planned or did it just come out of nowhere? These are question you may be asking yourself about Pearl Harbor, and all of your questions will be answered. This report will reveal grueling detail about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Things such as the date and time of the attack will be told. Also we will discuss whether or not the attack was a surprise or a steadily thought out plan. This will contain information on whose idea it was to attack Pearl Harbor, what the Japanese were planning to do leading up to the attack, and finally how this affected Americans standpoint in the war. These are just a few of the hidden secrets that will be unlocked in the following few paragraphs. …show more content…
On the day of the attack the bulk of the pacific fleet was in the harbor. This included 8 battleships, 9 cruiser, 29 destroyers, and 9 submarines (Ann Parish). The attack destroyed a large portion of the Pacific Fleet. Over 300 planes were damaged or completely destroyed and around 21 ships were either sunken, beach or destroyed during the attack. The battleships that took the most damage were the Arizona and the Oklahoma. The Oklahoma was hit by 5 torpedoes and then capsized, 429 men were lost off this ship. The Arizona was hit by one torpedo around 8:05 that morning and then was hit by 8 bombs and finally sunk.There was an estimated 1,177 men lost off the Arizona. Still to this day over 1,000 bodies remain on the ship at the bottom of harbor (Ann Parish). At the attack on Pearl Harbor there was a huge loss of life on that day. By 9:45 on the morning of the attack there were around 2,390 United States soldiers were dead and 1,178 were wounded. The battle of Pearl Harbor would mark the start of the war for the United States. After the attack was over the American people were outraged and they wanted revenge. So on December 8, 1941 the day after the attack President Roosevelt declared war on the Japanese. The speech that President Roosevelt gave was know as the “Day Of Infamy Speech”. President Roosevelt then start preparing for …show more content…
Many American lives were lost that day at Pearl Harbor and was the one time the United States was caught off guard. The attack on Pearl Harbor lead the United States into war and in the end the U.S. finished the war. The Manhattan project paid off for the United States and in the end it saved the lives of countless Americans and also many Japanese

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