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Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later with Robert Watson, Ph.D.
This lecture will discuss the events leading up to Pearl Harbor, the Japanese tactics used and reasoning for the bombing, the details of the warplanes and ships involved, and, of course, the consequences of the shocking attack.

What did the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service accomplish on December 7, 1941 with a surprise attack on the United States, a neutral country at the time? That same day, Japan also attacked U.S.-held interests in Guam and the Philippines and British-held territories in Hong Kong, Malaya, and Singapore. Years later, at the Tokyo Trials, this unannounced attack by Japan on the U.S. would be declared a war crime.

At Pearl Harbor, 18 ships, including 5 battleships, sunk or ran aground; 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded, representing all branches of the service as well as civilians. Great Britain declared war on Japan within hours of being attacked. The U.S. declared war on Japan on December 8 and entered WWII. In solidarity with Japan, Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S., and the U.S. responded by declaring war on those countries.

The attack unleashed a wave of anti-Japanese prejudice in the U.S. and racist policies that required moving selected Japanese families to detention camps.

WWII would last nearly four more years, only ending in Japan’s surrender after the U.S. bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to devastating effect.

Robert Watson, Ph.D. will share his insights about this devastating event in our country’s history.

Dec 7, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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