The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353. Imperial Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All pics/AFP
All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but the USS Arizona (BB-39) were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.
The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan.
There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy".
This 1945 photo from The National Archives shows wounded US Marine Private W. D. Fuhlrodt being unloaded from the tank that carried from the front line in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II.
The US Pacific Fleet burns in its home base at Pearl Harbor in HawaÃ¯ after 360 Japanese warplanes made a massive surprise attack, 07 December 1941, which will end a long struggle on the part of isolationist forces in the US to stay out of the war.
This 07 December, 1941, photo from The National Archives shows the USS West Virginia burning after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Because the attack happened without a declaration of war and without explicit warning, the attack on Pearl Harbor was judged by the Tokyo Trials to be a war crime
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The attack on Pearl Harbor, also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor during World War-II occurred on the morning of December 7, 1941. Today, it completes 78 years. Here are some pictures
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