After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered World War II. On December 8, Congress declared war on Japan, and on December 11, the United States entered into war with Germany.Continue Reading
Japan initiated two waves of attacks on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the first wave, 181 Japanese planes, including dive bombers, torpedo bombers and fighter jets, attacked the fleet at Pearl Harbor as well as military airfields, Navy air bases, Army Air Corps stations and other fleets. In the second wave, 170 planes attacked more American battleships. Overall, 350 aircraft and eight battleships were destroyed or damaged, but the Japanese failed to damage any aircraft carriers.
President Roosevelt delivered the Day of Infamy speech on December 8, 1941. He asked Congress to declare war on Japan.Learn more about World War 2
The weapons used during the attack on Pearl Harbor included bombs, torpedoes, machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. The Japanese bombs and torpedoes were dropped by numerous aircraft, including B5N2 bombers and Aichi D3A1 dive bombers. The Japanese also used A6M Model 21 Zeros to strafe airbases around Pearl Harbor.Full Answer >
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the president of the United States during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack occurred on Dec. 7, 1941, during President Roosevelt's third term in office.Full Answer >
World War II timelines that start with the attack on Pearl Harbor are available at Timetoast and the History Place. The timeline at Timetoast is interactive, and the one at the History Place is in a static, text format and focuses on the Pacific theater.Full Answer >
The United States entered World War II because of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. Previously, the United States had been neutral and wanted to avoid further involvement in European conflict despite financially aiding the United Kingdom with the Lend-Lease program and similar efforts.Full Answer >