Just before 8 on the morning of December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese combatant planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The hail lasted just two hours, but it was overwhelming.
The Japanese supervise to obliterate nearly 20 American naval vessels, counting eight massive battleships, and approximately 200 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors pass away in the attack, and another 1,000 were injured.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a revelation, but Japan and the United States had been binding near war for decades. The United States was mostly unhappy with Japan’s gradually more aggressive approach toward China.
The Japanese government supposed that the only way to solve its financial and demographic tribulations was to expand into its neighbor’s country and take over its introduce market; to this end, Japan had affirmed war on China in 1937.
During months of discussions between Tokyo and Washington, D.C., neither side would budge. It appears that war was predictable. In all, the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor cripple or shattered 18 American ships and almost 300 airplanes. Dry harbor and airfields were similarly damaged. Most significant, almost 2,500 men were killed and a further 1,000 were injured.
On December 8, Congress accepted Roosevelt’s statement of war. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy affirmed war alongside the United States. For the second time, Congress shared. More than two years after the begin of the disagreement, the United States had entered World War II.