The Attack on Pearl Harbour
Focus Question: How did the attack on Pearl Harbour affect WWII? What significant reason did the Japanese choose to start a war with the United States? How did the surprise assault affect the surroundings of Pearl Harbour? The quotation of “issued Potsdam Declaration” had Japan to surrender, even if they did surrender why are the United States still deciding to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki? How has the results of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing affect the lives of the survivors? What would happen if America wasn’t part of WWII?
The retaliation of the Japanese had the world concerned by the oppression of military actions and to reveal power during the modern era (1900’s). The strategy of the Japanese empire was to focus on Pearl Harbour, located in Hawaii, by a Surprise assault in the morning. The purpose was to prevent the U.S Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions in which the Japanese empire had planned in SEA (South East Asia) against England, Netherlands and the U.S .This event had caused the vengeance of the U.S to repel the damage caused at Pearl Harbour with the atomic bomb towards Hiroshima and other regions of the southern Japan. This was to show the extensive pain dealt during the ironic engagement. World War II was a global war that began from 1939 to 1945 that changed the world. The ambition was power, the source of superiority and imperialism. These factors have affected on the results of war in which relates to the event of “The Attack on Pearl Harbour”. The outcome of this event was catastrophic and dreadful that both nations have inflicted extensive damage and earned a major lost to both sides. The attack on Pearl Harbour affected WWII in many horrendous ways. During the WWII there was a war between Germany and the Nazi’s lead by Adolf Hitler where he was the icon of Imperialism. This shows that The United States had to face the presences of the 2 major events of the Japanese Empire and The Nazi’s prioritizing imperialism and had to put an end towards it. The Attack on Pearl Harbour event occurred due to the “ongoing estrangement between the Navy and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This was due to by the statement of terms that was not followed correctly in the operations of the U.S which they kept as a secret and lead to the final solution of retaliation by the Japanese. The campaign of this war began in the morning at 6am ironically approached by the Japanese. However the activeness of “Pearl Harbor is not on a state on high alert” but was on the verge of war. Many artilleries, Military aircrafts and resource had been completely destroyed and remain the fewer weapons that the Americans could use and operate. There were 3 waves of attack that began from “shortly before 8 am on Sunday” til they finish by their purpose interfering with the Japanese activities in which concluded the assault of Pearl Harbour. One primary source from a university student name Robert W. Brockway was present during the attack and had wrote the experiences faced into his journal. The reader had highlighted the significant of the author’s experience which was the “Japanese Attack” that woke him up at 8am by the “loud booming”. Robert was astounded that he saw the naval base with Battleships, Aircrafts and Artilleries blazed by missiles, launchers and torpedos that the Japanese had thrown. The quotation “Our forces are supposed to be dealing with the situation” explores his point of view that emphasis the soldiers to be vulnerable that being attacked does not mean that they should not attack but to endure the rapid attack approaching. This source from a student is considered as a citizen that portrays their point of view from the scene being spectated. As the result of the naval base at Pearl Harbour; it was utterly thrashed and desolated as many young brave soldiers die by the hands of an enemy’s blood. This impact has listed the approximate lost during the attack...
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