On a Sunday morning 76 years ago today, 2,403 Americans died in Peal Harbor and 19 vessels were either sunk or badly damaged in the attack , which involved more than 350 warplanes launched from Japanese carriers that had secretly made their way to a remote expanse of the North Pacific. It caught the U.S. brass in Hawaii by surprise and stunned the nation.
"With astounding success," Time magazine wrote , "the little man has clipped the big fellow."
But the big fellow would hit back. Japan’s bold strike is now largely seen as an act of " strategic imbecility ," a move born out of militarist, ideological fervor that provoked a ruinous war Japan could never win and ended in mushroom clouds and hideous death and destruction at home.
What if Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor? Same thing
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