United States Involvement In WWII

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The U.S. in the world Topic: How did Japan make the United States get involve in World War II? “I think World War II just started”, said Captain Danny Walker ( a US soldier in the movie Pearl Harbor) as the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the American naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[1] This essay will deal with the question how did Japan make the United States get involve in the second World War? In order to answer that question we shall first see America's position at the beginning of the war and then the effect that the Pearl Attack had on this position. World War II started in 1939, but the United States had absolutely no intention of getting involved in it. But this situation couldn't last forever, already in 1939 President…show more content…
But as Akira Iriye wrote, the naval supreme command chose Sunday 7 December as the day of the Pearl Harbor attack, since the American fleet was more likely to be there on a Sunday. The Japanese sent sixty ships, with a core of six carriers containing 360 airplanes.[5] Japanese ships maintained radio silence in order not to be detected by the Americans. The 360 airplanes were released in the morning of December 7 several miles northwest of Honolulu. They dropped torpedoes and bombs on the American naval base. Both battleships U.S.S. Arizona and the U.S.S. Nevada were hit by Japanese bombs. In total eight battleships were damaged and so were many smaller vessels. As said in the Report of the Joint Committee of the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, the attack was well planned and skillfully executed. A Sixteen-year-old witness Mary Ann Ramsey described the scene as the injured arrived “with filthy black oil covering shredded flesh. With the first sailor, so horribly burned, personal fear left me; he brought me the full tragedy of the day.” [6]Human losses added up to 2,403 and there were 1,178 were wounded. Only three aircraft carriers were lucky enough to have managed to escape the…show more content…
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