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The attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Pearl Harbor On the morning of Sunday the 7th December 1941, Japan led a terrifying attack on the United States Naval Base, Pearl Harbor. The attack was launched by the Empire of Japan's Carrier Striking Task Force against the U.S. Pacific Fleet and other US armed forces stationed at the harbor. This was a great shock for the US, as they experienced many casualties, both in men and technology. In total American casualties were 2403 dead, 1178 wounded, 188 aircraft destroyed, 5 battleships, 1 minelayer and 3 destroyers were sunk. In contrast to this, Japan suffered few losses. They had 64 dead, 1 unlucky person captured, 299 aircraft destroyed and 5 midget submarines. ...read more.

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Now having prevented any possible intervention provided by the USA, the Japanese Navy high command was certain that Britain would demand America's help in the war if they were attacked. Ironically, President Roosevelt had deliberately moved the fleet to Hawaii to prevent any Japanese aggression against China and Europe. Japanese leaders had had second thoughts about the bombing, but decided to go ahead with the plan anyway, with the Hull note of November 26, 11 days before the expected bombings. The reason for their determination and stubbornness was due to the fact that they had been planning it for 10 months and didn't want to give up now, after having came so far, having been having serious training for most of 1941. ...read more.

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During the second Sino-Japanese war, America and Britain had gained a lot of power over Japan, but they were steadily losing it now, as the Japan's were attacking despite all arguments coming from the US and Britain. The two countries were also losing a lot of political power over countries that had been taken over by them; such countries seeing Japan's actions to the contrary of what the UK wanted, was showing them that they had little actual power, they should rise up against them. With this, they lost a lot of natural resources, such as oil, an expensive a resource as now, and losing future political possibilities such as alliances with countries. Due to the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, both the USA and Britain were losing big time. Alex Tansley. ...read more.

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