Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was a generation-defining moment that launched the Second World War. Click here for a comprehensive guide to Pearl Harbor or scroll down to see more posts.


Pearl Harbor: The Ultimate Guide to the Attack

Pearl Harbor: The Ultimate Guide to the Attack

The attack on Pearl Harbor ranks as the most successful military surprise attack in the early years of combined naval/aerial combat. On December 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service struck the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The...
Japanese Strategy in Pearl Harbor

Japanese Strategy in Pearl Harbor

The following article on Japanese strategy in Pearl Harbor is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman’s book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Japanese strategy in Pearl...
America’s First Reactions to the Pearl Harbor Attack

America’s First Reactions to the Pearl Harbor Attack

The following is an excerpt from Bill Yenne’s Panic on the Pacific. It is available to order now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  December 7, 1941, arrived as a quiet Sunday morning on the West Coast. It didn’t stay that way for long. In the early afternoon, in...

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7 Things You Never Knew About Pearl Harbor

7 Things You Never Knew About Pearl Harbor

The White House decoded a Japanese war declaration the day before Pearl Harbor Japan sent a message to its embassy on December 6th to inform diplomats to prepare for a declaration of war. The White House intercepted the message and decoded it, but FDR did not warn his...
America’s Search for Scapegoats After the Pearl Harbor Attack

America’s Search for Scapegoats After the Pearl Harbor Attack

The following is an excerpt from John Koster’s Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor. Using recently declassified evidence from U.S. archives and newly translated sources from Japan and Russia, it presents new...
Russian and Japanese Conflict in the Lead-Up to Pearl Harbor

Russian and Japanese Conflict in the Lead-Up to Pearl Harbor

The following is an excerpt from John Koster’s Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor. Using recently declassified evidence from U.S. archives and newly translated sources from Japan and Russia, it presents new...
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