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In 1941 one of the largest American military defeats occurred An entire naval fleet was destroyed hundreds were killed all before 0900 on a Sunday The US did not have any knowledge of this attack partially because of ignorance partially because of the military strategies of their Japanese opponents The Japanese attack on the US naval base of Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 was a classic case of It will not happen to me Although the US suspected Japanese actions they did not take a defensive stance as they believed an attack would never touch their soil Through an examination of military history tactics and eye witness descriptions it will be proven that the US had no knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 In the years before 1941 the war saw little American military action After the collapse of France American President Roosevelt promised his county that no American troops would be sent to Europe to aid in the battle against Hitler and his powerful army These promises caused Roosevelt to be criticized by his closest advisors for his indecisiveness about declaring war The Presidents defense to these accusations was he did not want to out step public opinion As well he believed American intervention would cause a mortal blow to the Allies cause In reality the advisors as well as Roosevelt knew that Britain could not win the war without American armed intervention Two oceans to the East Japan was deep into a war or her own Japanese forces were concentrated on the Chinese front to conquer and obtain As a result of her unpopular declaration of war on China Japans fuel supply from the US was eliminated Consequently the Japanese turned to Indonesia to continue the supply of fuel for her war efforts Fuel talks broke down as the Dutch who were in control of the Indonesian fuel supply and under heavy influence from the US would not
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