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Tora tora toraWhat if these words were never said In the history of the United States of America there have been many situations that have changed or turned this countrys history around One of these being World War II and Pearl Harbor What if Pearl Harbor was never attacked by the Japanese would we have thrown ourselves into the second World War If not would this have changed the political economic national and governmental issues of the United States The answer more likely is yesOn November 8 1933 Franklin D Roosevelt was elected president of the United States During this same period the Nazi party began their move to take over Europe On March 15 1939 the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia and Germans signed a pact with the Soviet Union Britain and Poland singed a Mutual Assistance Treaty on August 25 as well At the same time the US took the backseat to the situation and proclaimed its neutrality Ironically the German troops crossed the Vistula River in Poland On May 10 1940 Winston Churchill became the British Prime Minister Later that year the Germans bombed on the offensive against British factories and airfields Later that week Hitler set up a blockade of the British Isles and the first major air raid on London on August 23rd As all this unfolded the US remained neutral The US was still recovering from First World War On November 5 Roosevelt is re-elected and the British are running out of supplies So Roosevelt issues the Lend-Lease Act where Roosevelt lends or leases artillery and other war supplies to Britain and any country whose defense was vital to the United States Now the big event that throws the US into World War II was the bombing of Pearl Harbor Eight American battleships and thirteen other naval vessels were sunk or badly damaged almost 200 American aircraft were destroyed and approximately 3000 naval and military personnel died or were wounded
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