Naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan conducted a surprise attack on American military targets at Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian Islands.
I’m old, but not that old. I do not personally remember that, unlike the JFK assassination and 9/11. But over the years I have been able to research it somewhat and reflect upon it.
First of all, “Empire of Japan”? There are no more empires. Roman, Ottoman, German, British Empires; These and many others, all gone. And “surprise”? Really? Surprise attack is a standard military tactic over the centuries. There were speculations about an attack on America, on naval and air force facilities in general and the use of aircraft carriers for this long before this.
It turns out military naval tactics quickly adapted from based around the battleship to based around the aircraft carrier after WW1. Noteworthy the few American aircraft carriers based at Pearl were…
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