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Attack on Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 1941

After the attack on 1941

Japanese Americans in 1941

Germany and Italy in 1941

Consequences of the attack on pearl harbor

On December 7, 1941, Japanese military troops launched a surprise attack on the American naval base of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. As a result, many sailors and marines perished, and many ships were sunk or damaged.

Americans across the country were shocked and angered by the attack. Therefore, while neutral, most citizens changed their minds and wanted to enter World War II. Following a congress, the United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. War Department suspected Japanese Americans of being saboteurs or spies. As a result, a law went into effect to round up all Japanese in detention camps inside the country.

In response to the US declaration of war on Japan and 4 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Italy and Germany declared war on the US. Immediately, the USA also declared war on these two countries. Thus, the USA was fighting on the fronts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

The attack of Pearl Harbor by Japan had consequences not only for the US but also for the whole world since it led to the entry of the United States in the Second World War. One of the most devastating consequences was the launching of two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.