More than 350 airplanes attacked the U.S. naval base. The U.S forces was unprepared. The attack only lasted for about 90 minutes. "The U.S. forces were unprepared, waking to the sounds of explosions and scrambling to defend themselves." Two of the battle ships were raised and was later on used.
The naval base expanded over 22,000 acres. Admiral Husband E. Kimmel of the Navy and Lt. General Walter C. Short of the Army were in command of the fleet and troops on the ground, respectively." The majority of U.S. fleet was here. Japan wanted wanted expand their territory. The plan was to cripple the U.S. Fleet.
Japan nearly destroyed 20 U.S. vessels. The day after the attack President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked congress to declare war on Japan. "Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II."(History.com) The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprised attack but U.S. and Japan had been edging toward war for decades. The Japan attack was simple destroy United States fleet.At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine.
On December 7 1941, Japan pulled a surprised attack on Pearl Harbor. Japan bombed the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor. "Pearl Harbor attack, (December 7, 1941), surprise aerial attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii, by the Japanese that precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II."(Pearl Harbor attack) This bombing was the bombing that had started world war 2. More than 180 aircraft were destroyed U.S. military casualties totaled more than 3,400 including more than 2,300 killed. Three other battleships were destroyed, three cruisers, three destroyers and other vessels were destroyed.