Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Spotlight 12/2016
    Der Angriff auf Pearl Harbor.
    Von Toby Skingsley

    For US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, it was “a date which will live in infamySchande, Ehrlosigkeitinfamy.” Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the US naval baseMarinestützpunktnaval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing more than 2,400 Americans and destroying many ships and planes.

    A date which will live in infamy

    Japan was planning to expand its empire across Southeast Asia and wanted to overcome the US fleet so that it wouldn’t be able to to interveneeingreifenintervene. But the next day, the US declared war on Japan — an allyAllierte(r)ally of Germany and Italy — and entered World War II. Seen as a security risk, around 120,000 Japanese Americans in the US were forced to live in special camps. The Pacific War with Japan ended in August 1945 after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


    Watch President Roosevelt's speech on December 8, 1941 — one day after the Pearl Harbor attack


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