Pearl Harbor

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Subject:
World War II
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Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor

Hawaii,the morning of December 7, 1941, N The approaching Japanese aircraft were launched from Japan's six biggest planes. The Pearl Harbor attack had 2 goals; the destruction of American aircraft carriers, and the sinking of as many other ships as possible, especially battleships.Japanese high command hoped to neutralize the Americans. During that time they planned to occupy the East Asian and West Pacific regions. The planning for the attack was conducted by Commanders Mitsuo Fuchida and Minoru Genda.Precise timing was required in order to guarantee that the attacking air fleet would know what vessels to expect and where to expect them. The japanese bombers carried 16-inch naval shells capable of penetrating the armor of battleships.All eight battleships were damaged, and four sunk. The Japanese also sank/damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

Many U.S. servicemen were either still in their pajamas or eating breakfast in the mess halls when the attack on Pearl Harbor began.The Japanese had over 10 planes that bombed pearl harbor.The U.S. was completely unaware about the japanese coming to bomb them until it happened.

Pearl Harbor during the bombing

A close up of the Arizona, one of the ships that was not salvagable.


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