But how much do you know about the attack and its consequences? How did the attack on Pearl Harbor affect the Second World War? And did Adolf Hitler declare war on the US on 11 December 1941 as a result of Pearl Harbor?
Here, Professor Evan Mawdsley shares 12 lesser-known facts…
The official website for BBC History Magazine and BBC World Histories Magazine published this interesting article in remembrance of Dec 7, 1941.
1. Pearl Harbor was not the beginning of the Pacific War
Japanese forces landed in northern Malaya, then a British colony, a couple of hours before the Pearl Harbor attack; meanwhile a larger Japanese force was disembarking off neutral Thailand. What the Japanese called the Hawaiian Operation was a supporting attack; the main blow was the Southern Operation, directed against Malaya, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. And Japan had already been engaged in a full-scale war against China for four-and-a-half years.
Find the rest of the article here: https://www.historyextra.com/period/second-world-war/pearl-harbor-facts-date-live-infamy-franklin-roosevelt-japan-surprise-attack-americans/
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