Attack on Pearl Harbour The attack that destroyed Pearl Harbour occurred on December the 7th, 1941; this attack was a complete surprise. The United States of America had remained neutral during most of World War II. Pearl Harbour newspaper accounts described that shocking even for the record books and outline how, within only minutes after the initial attack by the Japanese, seven of the eight battleships stationed at Pearl Harbour had taken massive hits from bombs and torpedoes. Sometime before the attack on Pearl Harbour; Pearl Harbour newspaper accounts reported the growing anti-Japanese groups rising in the United States in the late 1930s due to the bloody war that occurred in China with the Japanese, as well as from the sinking of a US Navy gunboat. Leading up to Pearl Harbor, the U.S., along with Britain, East Indies and the Netherlands, formed an oil and steel agreement against Japan that did not allow these materials to be traded with them, this embargo later caused major panic in Japan due to the restricted resources.
I disagree that the Japanese in WW2 were defeated more because of their weakness rather than the strength of the Allied forces. The Japanese weaknesses included their incapability in managing the empire they took on. The strengths of the allied powers included their intelligent military strategies, an example was the "Island Hopping Strategy of Attack" used by America. Also, the dropping of two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had an impact on Japan which caused them to surrender. The term "defeated more" refers to the factor which had the greatest impact on Japan, causing them to be drove to a state of devastation and have no other way than surrender unconditionally.
- A second Allied Task Force made up of the USS Lexington and the USS Yorktown. There were also cruisers and destroyers that protected the aircraft carriers - The Japanese Carrier Striking Force: Zuikaku and Shokaku. There were also cruisers and destroyers that protected the aircraft carriers 3. Why was the battle significant? It was significant because it was the first failure that the Japanese had experience in WW2.
In May 1940 Germany was dominating the French in France and so the Allies had to withdraw to the beaches Dunkirk. There was then a huge operation to evacuate the soldiers by the navy and small boats sailed there by volunteers to rescue roughly 350,000 French and English troops. This left only Britain to be defeated for Germany to have defeated and captured the whole of Western Europe. Hitler’s next operation was to invade Britain. Hitler knew that the German Navy was too small to control the English Channel but he believed that with the Luftwaffe he could successfully defeat Britain.
An invasion of Japan could have caused tens of thousands of Allied casualties, while the bombs could be carried over and dropped by planes. Since Japan is an island nation, in order to invade it, the Allies would have to storm the beaches. When troops are all running in the same direction from one point, like from the beaches onto the land, they are basically running into the line of fire with no protection. In regards to a diplomatic solution to end the war, Arthur Compton, the co-creator of the atomic bomb said that “Though the possibility of a demonstration that would [end that war and] not destroy human lives was attractive, no one could suggest a way in which it could be made so convincing that it would be likely to stop the war.” (Alperovitz
• Was a way of loweing morale and hindering German progression in the war, targeting their resources and factories. • There was some great success: 1943 Hamburg and Rhur had a serious impact on German war productin and took vital planes away from the Russian Front. • Was a major factor in German defeat. - Was Churchill justified in using the strategic bom 2 of 20 1 of 20 • Churchill felt uneasy about the bombing campiagn • The ruthless policy of total war had moral implications- Churchill could be seen as a war criminal. • Half a million Germans lost their lives in the bombing, way more civillian lives than were lost in Britain during the Blitz.
This was the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. They did this without warning and without a formal declaration of war. As a result of this attack, more than 2000 Americans were killed, along with over a thousand being wounded. The attack was meant to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Japanese were planning in Southeast Asia. This led to the U.S. to abandon their support for non-interventionism, declaring war on Japan and entering World War II.
Since Britain is an island, without fuel, metals, other materials, all imported by merchant ships, its military production will stop, its Air Force, Navy, and mobile ground forces will be immobilized, and it will no longer be able to defend against a devastating air bombardment campaign that will reduce its war effort to futile suffering of single-sided mass destruction, and it will have to surrender. This was true against Britain and also against Japan, both island nations. In World War I, German submarines almost succeeded in cutting Britain's maritime life line by sinking a huge number of British merchant ships in the Atlantic Ocean. Despite this fact, the new German Navy built for World War 2 was similar to the old one. Most of its resources were invested in mighty battleships and heavy cruisers, which were a serious headache to the large Royal Navy, but not anywhere near the threat posed by the German submarines.
The aim was to sail straight through the precarious Dardanelles unchallenged and capture the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, therefore forcing the Turks out of the World War 1. This was a very ambitious strategy, which in retrospection was too simplistic. There were too many factors opposing the success of this campaign. The Dardanelles, being quite a narrow stretch of water, could be easily defended with only a few well placed sea mines and strategically positioned artillery. After the loss of 3 battleships on March the 18th, it was decided that the aid of the army would be required to defeat the forts that guarded the straits.
Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy”. From 8am Pearl Harbour was bombed, although the event lasted just 2 hours, the loss of life and naval vessels was devastating for the Americans. The attack occurred within the time frame of World War Two, and is considered a prominent historical event as it drove the United States, “the world’s most powerful economy” into the war which thereafter had considerable impacts. The causes of the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbour include; Japanese imperialistic tendencies and ambitions, the tripartite axis agreement which encouraged Japan into aggression and the war. Other causes of the bombing of Pearl Harbour consist of the harsh impact the Great Depression (1929-1939) and the freezing of assets and exports from USA on Japan.