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On November 26 1941 a fleet of Japanese ships under the command of Chuchi Nagumo moved into a position 200 miles northwest of Honolulu Hawaii Their instructions providing good weather were to attack Pearl Harbor with maximum efficiency dealing the US a mortal blow Stinnent 292 by destroying all battleships and airplanes in the vicinity Nine days later with good weather Pearl Harbor saw the first wave of a crippling Japanese attack 183 bombers fighters and torpedo planes unleashed the initial and most killer wave of hostile fire Just an hour and a half later the second wave of Japanese aircraft were returning to their respective carriers while the US forces at Pearl Harbor were not only shocked but also suffered damage in large amounts 2403 US personnel were lost along with 188 airplanes Eighteen US ships were sunk or damaged The most famous the Arizona sank with most of its 1300 men onboard The Japanese lost a little fewer than 100 men and sixty airplanes a very small loss compared to that of the US Although the US lost no aircraft carriers the Japanese surprise attack hit the US forces in the Pacific hard The beautiful waters of a harbor known by the Hawaiians as Wai Momi pearl waters because of the pearl oysters that once lived there were stained with a clear Japanese victory Without a doubt the men stationed at Pearl Harbor had little if any clue that they were going to be attacked This is clearly exhibited by ratio of US loses to Japanese losses However there is strong evidence that suggests that high ranking officials in the US government not only knew about the attack but also provoked its happening The first thing that must be considered when understanding the attack on Pearl Harbor is the position Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in Roosevelt and his state department realized the danger of Nazi success If the Nazis happened to capture
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