Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbAs we continue our exploration of the events leading up to the December 7, 1941 attack, by air, of Pearl Harbor and shore facilities by the Japanese Navy flyers. This attack arose as a result of Japan’s need for raw resources, especially oil, and the sanctions placed upon Japan for its invasion of the China Mainland and the Indochina peninsula. Not only were preparation made on the diplomatic front, but plans were in place to simultaneously attack the United State’s military facilities on Hawaii along with the British and French holdings throughout East Asia.


During the months leading up to these coordinated attacks in December, the Japanese military had their observers gathering information about the naval movements in Pearl Harbor and aircraft resources across the Hawaiian Islands. Concurrently, a major naval task force was assembled in the Japanese home islands. This included aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and associated support vessels. This task force would launch the fighter planes, torpedo planes, and dive bombers that would rain destruction upon our naval forces anchored in the bay at Pearl Harbor. Fortunately, our aircraft carriers were on maneuvers outside of Pearl on that fateful morning.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This task force set sail from Japan in the latter part of November and were in position for the attack on that fateful Sunday morning. We will deal with those events in the coming days.

Now, we need to proceed with our exploration of the Japanese preparations and major players that planned this effective attack on our forces in Hawaii on December 7th… GLB

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Quotations Related to Pearl Harbor:


“Gentlemen, we have just kicked a rabid dog.”
— Isoroku Yamamoto

“I can run wild for six months … after that, I have no expectation of success…”
— Isoroku Yamamoto

“The fate of the Empire rests on this enterprise every man must devote himself totally to the task in hand.”
— Isoroku Yamamoto

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