Attack On Pearl Harbor Research Paper

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Attack on Pearl Harbour The attack on Pearl Harbour was called the Hawaii operation or operation AL by the Japanese General Headquarters. Japanese shocked the world by bombing the American naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. This 'dastardly attack' was the turning point for America and for the War. On December 7, 1941 in the morning of Hawaii Japanese Navy conducted a military strike against the United States. It was a major surprise to United States. At 6:05 on December 7, the six Japanese carriers launched a first wave of 183 air craft composed of dive bombers and fighters. The Japanese hit American ships and military at 7:51. At 8:30 a second wave of Japanese aircraft with torpedo bombers attacked the fleet in Pearl Harbour and…show more content…
The U.S. wanted to stop Japanese expansion but the Americans were not willing to go to war to stop it. The U.S. demanded that Japan with draw from China and Indochina. The negotiations that was supposed to solve their differences hadn't been going well in fact this made Japanese more aggressive and that’s when Japan decided to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbour thinking America would lose it’s great naval power. The Japanese military was asked to devise a war plan. They expected the U.S. to declare war but not to be willing to fight long or hard enough to win. Their greatest concern was that the U.S. Pacific Fleet, based in Pearl Harbour could cut off their plans. As insurance, the Japanese navy undertook to cripple the Pacific Fleet by a surprise air attack. The U.S. had broken the Japanese diplomatic code and knew an attack was imminent. A warning had been sent from Washington, but it arrived too late. Early warning radar was new technology. Japanese planes were spotted by radar before the attack, but they were assumed to be a flight of America from the West
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