What Did The Attack On Pearl Harbor

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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…
Pearl Harbor is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu which is a United States territory of Hawaii. The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred around 7:45 on December 7. The Japanese did not intend to attack the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor at first. Their intentions were to attack the Philippines it was Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s idea to take out the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Yamamoto was the leader of the Japanese Combined Fleet (Jeffrey Record). During this time the Philippines did not have much to offer for the Japanese or the U.S. in the way of natural resources in turn this lead to the suggestion of taking out the Pacific Fleet. The Japanese decided to attack the Pacific Fleet to weaken the United States navy and try to gain control of the Pacific. Many still wonder to this day of only the Japanese had attacked the coast of South East Asia how the war would have came out (Jeffrey …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

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