Attack on Pearl Harbor: What Happened On 7th December 1941?

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Pearl Harbor Attack On 7th December 1941

We all have been aware of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took place on 7th December 1971. Ever since the time of the attack, the relationship between the United States and Japan has been so much tensed! This tension is making the war condition to come across to be much inevitable.

This all started at the time when the Japanese bombers somehow appeared in the middle of the skies over Pearl Harbor as on December 7, 1941. The military of the US was not at all prepared for this whole attack which alters upon the course of World War II, most importantly in the Pacific theatre. But still, there have been so many reasons for this attack that make it look merely inevitable.

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Tensions Started at The Time of Great Depression

Even though before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the central tension between the US and Japan had been mounting on to take place for the last so long decade.

Japan was somehow isolated from the rest of the whole world that embarks upon the period of aggressive expansion that nearly happened during the 20th century.

At the time of the Great Depression in the era of 1930s, Japan has been making so many efforts to resolve its demographic and economic terminologies by making their way straight into China. This all started in the year 1931 during the invasion of Manchuria.

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Does the US Make an Effort To Stop Japan’s Global Expansion?

In the middle of all such atrocities, the United States went on passing upon some economic sanctions in opposition to Japan. This was adding upon with some trade embargoes on top of the aircraft exports as well as Oil and scrap metal! They even give away some economic support to the Guomindang forces. In the year 1940, Japan also signed a Tripartite Pact along with Germany and Italy.

Tokyo, as well as Washington on the whole negotiated for so many months by making their way to the Pearl Harbor attack without any success. But on the contrary side, United States had some hopes to embargoes on the oil and some other vital goods that might be leading Japan to halt upon its expansion, plus sanctions or even some other penalties that somehow convince Japan to stand on its own set of grounds.

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Destroying Pearl Harbor Base Let Japan Control The Pacific

In the year 1940, the US had eventually made the Pearl Harbor to be the main base for their Pacific fleet. Americans were not at all expecting from Japan over their attack in Hawaii. This place is almost 4000 miles away from the mainland Japan, which makes it come across as the easy target as well.

Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku spent so many months to plan this whole attack that is entirely aiming over the destruction of the Pacific Fleet and ruining the entire morale of the U.S. Navy. In this way, they won’t be able to fight back as the Japanese forces might be advancing to the primary target in the South Pacific.

Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor would force the United States out of isolation and into World War II. This was a battle that would give up with Japan’s capitulation after the devastating nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

At first, however, the Pearl Harbor attack regarded as a success for Japan. Its bombers hit all eight U.S. battleships, sinking four and damaging four others, destroyed or damaged extra than 300 planes and killed some 2,400 Americans at Pearl Harbor.

Japanese forces went on to capture a string of cutting-edge and former Western colonial possessions via early 1942—including Burma (now Myanmar), British Malaya (Malaysia and Singapore), the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and the Philippines. This was giving them access to these islands’ plentiful natural resources, along with oil and rubber.

But the Pearl Harbor assault had failed in its goal to break the Pacific Fleet. The Japanese bombers missed oil tanks, ammunition sites and repair facilities, and not a single U.S. plane service was once present throughout the attack. In June 1942, this failure came to haunt the Japanese, as U.S. forces scored a primary victory in the Battle of Midway, decisively turning the tide of struggle in the Pacific.

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