The Most Important Naval Battles in the Pacific during World War II: The History of the Influential Battles that Led to Japan’s Defeat by Charles River Editors
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Overview: We won a great tactical victory at Pearl Harbor and thereby lost the war." – Admiral Hara Tadaichi
All Americans are familiar with the “day that will live in infamy.” At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, the advanced base of the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet, was ablaze. It had been smashed by aircraft launched by the carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. All eight battleships had been sunk or badly damaged, 350 aircraft had been knocked out, and over 2,000 Americans lay dead. Indelible images of the USS Arizona exploding and the USS Oklahoma capsizing and floating upside down have been ingrained in the American conscience ever since. In less than an hour and a half the Japanese had almost wiped out America’s entire naval presence in the Pacific.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History