Attack on Pearl Harbour
The Planning. The Attack. The Consequences.
Mr. Hari Nair
The First Wave
The Second Wave
The third Wave - Its possibilites and the strategic decision
The infamy speech
Winning of battle but losing of war
President's next day speech
Pearl Harbour is a lagoon harbour on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii. Most part of the harbour is a naval base for the United States Navy and it is also the headquarters of United States Pacific Fleet. It was attacked by the Japanese navy in a surprise military air strike. The attack took place in the early hours of December 7 1941 and lasted for around two hours. The following day USA declared war on Japan and thus the entry of USA in World War II.
Reason for the attack
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Infamy Speech
December 8, 1941
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope... [continues]
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