Attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor was also known as Hawaii Operation or Operation Al, conducted by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters. Pearl Harbor was the naval base of the United States and on December 7, 1941 there was a surprise attack. The attack was designed to prevent action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions on the Empire of Japan. Japan sent out 353 planes to attack the islands, the attack hit in two waves. The first attack hit at 7:53 AM, the second attack hit at 8:55 AM. By 10:00, the attack was over.

Japan sent 181 planes to Pearl Harbor for the first wave of attack. They attacked as soon as they hit. Their goal was to destroy the American aircrafts before they could rise for attack. Of the 90 ships that were docked, they Japanese only wanted to destroy the 8 battleships. The Japanese's second wave of attack included 170 more planes to attack.

The American's took a large toll on the attack. it left 2,403 people dead, 188 aircrafts destroyed and 159 damaged.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”.