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The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 came as a huge surprise to the United States and led to a series of events that the world would never forget Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because of worsening relations with the US Three of the reasons are that Japan formed a Tripartite Agreement with Germany and Italy in the event of war was invading Southeast Asia and China and taking Chinese territory and natural resources because it couldnt support its 80 million person population on its own In 1941 President Roosevelt froze Japans assets in the US and ordered an oil embargo that hurt Japan very badly The US would not lift the embargo unless Japan did three things Halt the Japanese Tripartite Pact with Italy and Germany Pull all Japanese troops out of Southeast Asia and China and Give back all territory taken from China since 1931 Japanese Prime Minister Hideko Toyo was worried He said I am afraid we would become a third-class nation in two or three years if they agreed to the US conditions In November 1941 a Japanese strike force secretly went to sea waiting for the order to move in on Pearl Harbor In the early hours of December 7 1941 a fleet of 31 Japanese warships carrying 353 attack planes went into position 230 miles north of Oahu Hawaii All of the planes had full ammunition and full fuel tanks The diagram below shows the flight plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor The man who made the plans for the attack on Pearl Harbor Admiral Yamamoto declared The rise or fall of the empire now hinges on this battle and on December 7 1941 Japan targeted Pearl Harbor At exactly 0702 hours two US privates spotted the unidentified planes heading towards Pearl Harbor The actual attack happened at 753am The first hit came as a shock to everyone 183 aircraft of the
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