|Posted by Gilbert Stack on December 7, 2018 at 7:20 AM|
On this day (December 7) in 1941, the Japanese brought the U.S. into World War II with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack came as a total shock to America, but it shouldn’t have caught the country by surprise. The Japanese had a history of attacking without formal declaration of war.
The assault was intended to prevent the U.S. from interfering with the Japanese conquest of the overseas territories of the U.K., the Netherlands and the U.S. It succeeded, but didn’t keep the U.S. out of the war. The 2,403 Americans killed in the attack inspired the most massive military buildup the world had ever seen and eventually led to an Allied victory.
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