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The Attack on Pearl Harbor – Surprise Military Strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Service

On the morning of December 7th, 1941, at 7.48
AM, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service shocked the United States and the world by
attacking the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The next day, the US entered into the Second
World War, declaring war with Japan, and on December 11th, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared
war with Germany and Italy. Was this attack by the Japanese one of the
worst military decisions in history? Or was it a strategic mission to gain critical
advantage? Today, we take a look at the events leading
up to and surrounding this tragic event, in this episode of The Infographics Show, The
Attack on Pearl Harbor – Surprise Military Strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Service. Diplomatic tensions between Japan and United
States had been escalating since Japan’s invasion of Manchuria in 1931. Japan expanded their operations into China,
leading to the second Sino-Japanese war in 1937. The Japanese attack on the USS Panay, the
Allison Incident, and the Rape of Nanking all swung Western public opinion against the
Japanese. Come 1940, Japan moved into French Indochina,
attempting to cut supply lines assisting the Chinese. The US, along with France and the UK, were
supporting the Chinese against the Japanese invaders. The USA stopped shipments of airplanes, machine
tools, and aviation fuel to Japan, and ordered for more military presence in the Philippines
in the hopes of discouraging the Japanese from continuing their activities in the Far
East. Japanese high command was convinced that their
attack on UK territories in South East Asia such as Singapore would lead to the US’s
involvement in the war, and they felt a preventive strike against the Americans would be the
best military strategy. In 1941, the US and Japan entered negotiations
in an attempt to improve diplomatic relations. On November 20th, Japan proposed to withdraw
from Indochina and China, provided the US ceased their aid to China and lifted all economic
sanctions against Japan. Six days later, the US counter-offered with
the Hull Note that required Japan evacuate China without any conditions. Before Japan had received the Hull Note, their
task force had already left Japanese seas heading for Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack is thought to have been
a preventive action to stop the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with their planned
military operations in Southeast Asia. Japanese attacks were also focused on the
US-held Philippines, Guam, and Wake Islands, and the British territories of Malaya, Singapore,
and Hong Kong. Pearl Harbor was attacked by somewhere between
350 to 450 Japanese aircraft in two waves from six aircraft carriers. All of the American battleships were damaged,
along with 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, and an anti-aircraft training ship. 188 aircraft were destroyed, 2,403 Americans
were killed in the attack, and 1,178 were injured. The Japanese lost 29 aircraft, 5 midget submarines,
and 64 servicemen. A third wave was planned but not executed. The Japanese objectives were four-fold. Firstly, they intended to destroy the American
fleet units, thus preventing the Pacific Fleet from interfering with their activities in
South East Asia. Secondly, they hoped to buy time to increase
their naval strength and strengthen their military position. Thirdly, they hoped to deliver a blow to the
US’s capability to mobilize in the Pacific. Finally, the Japanese believed the attack
would weaken morale in America to an extent the government would drop its demands and
seek a peaceful compromise with Japan. Shortly after the attack (and probably before
it), Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regretted the offensive strike. The 1970 Hollywood film, Tora! Tora! Tora!, has Yamamoto saying “I fear all we
have done is awoken a sleeping giant and filled it with terrible resolve.” Although Yamamoto never uttered these words,
his diary is littered with pages of pre and post–op anxiety. Yamamoto went to Harvard University from 1919-1921
and knew quite well the threat the US posed. Pearl Harbor led to US involvement in the
Second World War and ultimately to the first and only use of atomic weapons in current
history. On August 6th 1945, the US dropped Little
Boy on Hiroshima and 3 days later dropped Fat Boy on Nagasaki. So why did Japan pick a fight with an enemy
boasting greater economic, industrial, and potentially military power? The plan, had they had pulled it off, would
only have bought time. The US’s budget for the year 1940 alone
was greater than Japan’s ten-year military shipbuilding plans. The repercussions of the attack on Pearl Harbor
could not have been totally unexpected. Admiral Yamamoto compared fighting the United
States to “fighting the whole world.” He told his political principles, “If you
insist that we really do it, you may trust us for the perfect execution of a breath-taking
show of naval victories for the first half-year or full-year. But if the war should be prolonged into a
second or third year, I am not confident at all.” Yamamoto was right. Japan had to win quickly or not win at all. By 1943, the US had a bright new shiny high-tech
fleet authorized by the Two-Ocean Navy Act of 1940. This fleet was steaming into the combat zone
with a thirst for revenge and a reason to do so. Zenji Abe, 89, was a former dive-bomber pilot
in the attack on Pearl Harbor. “During the war, we Japanese did not know
much about Americans, and they also did not know about us. We conducted our mission as soldiers and there
was no hatred there, though the government tried to teach us to have such feelings. It’s just that our paths happened to cross
in Pearl Harbor on that day,” Abe said in a 2006 interview with the Japan Times. Suggesting that the attack was a futile diplomatic
failure, Abe calls into account the responsibility of wartime Prime Minister General Hideki Tojo. “The wartime leaders at that time told people
to commit suicide if we were captured. They should have committed seppuku when the
war ended, as they had responsibility for causing the suffering of so many people. Their attitudes were immoral.” He concluded, “I believe Japan and the world
would have changed for the better if the Pearl Harbor attack did not happen, and the relationship
between Japan and its neighboring countries would have been different if the wartime leaders
had acted morally.” Events of the magnitude of Pearl Harbor often
come with conspiracy theories attached. The Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy
theory is the argument that the US Government knew that Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor
was imminent, but promptly did nothing about it. The debate questions how and why the US was
caught off guard and to what extent they knew about Japan’s military ambitions. In September 1945, John T. Flynn published
a 46 paged document entitled The Truth about Pearl Harbor. A number of writers, including journalist
Robert Stinnett, argued several parties in the US and British governments had advance
knowledge of the attack, and either let it happen or even encouraged the event. The rationale behind this theory is that the
attack would result in America entering the European theatre of World War Two via a Japanese
back door. This theory is, however, considered a fringe
theory, and is rejected by the majority of historians specializing in the period. So, what do you think about the Pearl Harbor
attack? Was it military suicide, an ill-thought-out
strategic plan, a brilliant tactical move, or part of a larger plan that became derailed? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to watch our other video – Weakest
Armies in Asia. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time!

Tony wyaad



  1. The Infographics Show Posted on September 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    How about some gelato instead? 😅

  2. nomoves199 _Sargeant_paolo10_ Posted on February 4, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Are those are the American bomber? The Japanese bomber is the B-24 America : P

  3. Drug Induced Fever dream Posted on February 6, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Why should any of these videos be watched if you can't even get the names of the Atomic bombs right? Fat Man, not fat boy.
    Not to mention the bombers that attacked were not 4 engine bombers (clearly based off the B24 in this video), they were all single engine fighters and bombers.
    If you're going to make a video like this, put in the effort to make sure you get everything correct. I find it pretty disrespectful that you don't put in that effort. After all, the men who died in this war gave it their all so we could all be alive today.

  4. OPL TEAM Posted on February 6, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Pearl Harbor was a mistake 4 years later 2 atomic weapons would crush the rising sun “ everyone that’s bet against America has lost – Warren Buffett net worth 90 billion dollars

  5. Rosuello Legaspi Posted on February 10, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Can you make video about the philippines-american war ? thank youuu

  6. Stellacore Productions 2019-2020 Posted on February 11, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Yo, there wasn’t any montanas ever built, not 5!

  7. Akiriana Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Woah the earth is flat :DDDDD

  8. Joey Does Stuff Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Rule Britannia!

  9. quantum OK Posted on February 12, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I from singapore and last time be All People of singapore japan SUCKS

  10. Joe900x Posted on February 14, 2019 at 3:29 am

    So japan thought they destroyed our oceanic military. Would like to nuke them.

  11. Error 6748 Posted on February 20, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Because United States is big and fat than japan but Japan is skinny and small

  12. Renzo Posted on February 23, 2019 at 8:28 am

    American Filipino war plz

  13. Kantarii 3 Posted on February 24, 2019 at 6:32 am

    So much is wrong in this video.

  14. MessyNinja Posted on February 27, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Japan: Bombs Pearl Harbor

    USA: Omae Wa No Shinderu
    Bombs Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Japan: Nani?!

  15. LeftPinkie Posted on February 27, 2019 at 8:42 am

    POTUS cannot declare war.

  16. Zaki Yamaguchi Posted on March 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I didn't see any ww2 warship.

  17. Alan Kim, Jr. Posted on March 3, 2019 at 5:17 am

    The bombs were "fat man" and "little boy."

  18. Marlex garbage Posted on March 4, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    They dropped little boy and fat man not fat boy

  19. Niki Schneider Posted on March 5, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    The name of the second atomic bond wasn't fat boy! It was fat man!

  20. DaleTañagGamer // DTG Posted on March 6, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I'm from The Philippines

  21. M. Hassan Posted on March 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm


  22. Nathan Wells Posted on March 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Nah it’s fat man

  23. Santi Mora Posted on March 15, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Was i the only one who was confused when he said that there was the entente and the triple alliance in WWII

  24. Spark Posted on March 15, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Couple of mistakes u made there

  25. Sharkdrake 37 Posted on March 17, 2019 at 1:10 am

    It was a great movie😄

  26. Felicia Audrey Posted on March 18, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Can I know what did you use for the music?? I mean the tittle of the music *I'm sorry for my poor english

  27. Valtteri Elo Posted on March 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Ah… i miss the Pre Kawaii Anime Japan.

  28. Captain Fives Posted on March 20, 2019 at 4:34 am

    At least half of the death toll of Pearl Harbor came from the USS Arizona alone

  29. Jason Pade Posted on March 24, 2019 at 4:17 am

    The US would never allow an attack on most of it's Pacific islands.

  30. Angel Juarez Posted on March 24, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Japan I want to bomb the USA the naval base
    USA drops bombs
    Japan OH SH##

  31. Kaiyin Smith Posted on March 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Didn’t know American B24s were Japanese

  32. Microscopic Jellyfish Posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Pearl Harbor was as toxic as the average YouTube comment section…

  33. DaleTañagGamer // DTG Posted on March 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Yamamoto: "I fear all we have done is awoken a sleeping GIANT and filled it with terrible resolve."

    Me: Is the sleeping giant Godzilla? Don't tell me this was another reason that they made the film Gojira in 1954.

  34. RexM 858 Posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    It showed a liberator with a Japanese symbol and the liberator was an American plane
    and there were no liberators in Pearl Harbor

  35. Chemistry AP & TS Diploma Arif Mohammad Posted on March 28, 2019 at 1:14 am

    very fast explanation….please Little bit slow….we unable to enjoy your video

  36. Three small people In a big trench coat Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Little boy and Fat man. Not little boy and fat boy

  37. Molly M Posted on March 31, 2019 at 6:32 am

    this was published on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!

  38. CircuitCity Posted on April 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Gotta love how Austria-Hungary fought in ww2 4:05

  39. Yamato Master Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:51 am

    5:05 USA Didn't have any Montana class Battleships It Only Gave Plans To Build Them STOP LYING

  40. 3rdeye Brand Posted on April 8, 2019 at 6:55 am


  41. Phantom Alpha Posted on April 10, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Japan was between a rock and a hard place, they really believed Germany would destroy everyone and eventually THEM so they thought that kinda teaming up with Germany then they would be a great ally.

  42. Phantom Alpha Posted on April 10, 2019 at 1:37 am

    The greatest weapon you can give a soldier is a reason to fight.

  43. Cowerdnerd Despacito Posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I just got so triggered it’s fat man not fat boy

  44. Aurora Ink Posted on April 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    It was Fat man not Fat boy

  45. andyenid2 Posted on April 13, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    And to think we watch there anime

  46. andyenid2 Posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Don’t u mean fat man

  47. wesley shockey Posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:02 am


  48. Naval Gunner Posted on April 14, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Quality of the channel
    2016 ok
    2017 ok
    2018 meh
    2019 BAD

    Also I don’t think modern American destroyers where in the Japanese navy

  49. S Guerrero Posted on April 17, 2019 at 4:11 am

    So many lies, just trying to brainwash people with the American Perspective. They attacked the U.S because the Americans were getting their noses where they didn't belong, as usual. They didn't want Japan to become a superpower and cut the oil supply to them. They attacked and then the U.S used this as a perfect excuse to experiment with the atomic bombs. Don't favor any side, just SAY THE F TRUTH!!!!

  50. Matir Putul Posted on April 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Japan killed us armies but usa killed innocent people.

    Terrorism act by us.

  51. Iram-bitxz Posted on April 19, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Karma ???? 🇺🇸 yeah I think so lol

  52. August Green Posted on April 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Time to list the normal bad things:
    -Ships are not modeled correctly
    -Mess ups in pronunciation, name, or something else
    -Aircraft not modeled correctly (P-38 showed dropping bomb, A B-29 actually dropped it

    Things specific to this video:
    -WW1 combatants instead of WW2 combatants

  53. Diego Vazquez butzmann Posted on April 21, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Who knew B-24 bombers were used for airborne attacks. Lol.

  54. I AM A BEING Posted on April 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Hirohito Poked the wasp nest

  55. MattyBoyRocks Posted on May 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Japanese Lancaster bombers ok then

  56. Thomas Pearson Posted on May 1, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Shocked the us and the world 3 years into a global conflict 😂😂😂😂😂how this surprised them idk surely they had to see it coming eventually

  57. Złoty Mapper Posted on May 4, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Really… Now American propaganda

  58. Sailor Star Posted on May 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    The other bomb was name fat man not fat boy

  59. Bill Ronan Posted on May 5, 2019 at 3:39 am

    The bomb was called fat man, not fat boy.

  60. aBedditUser 1 Posted on May 15, 2019 at 2:58 am

    How to become friends
    First: nuked them
    Second: now your friends

  61. Chatnawat Narakol Posted on May 15, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    This video has been banned in Japan

  62. 一山田 Posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    1941, Our Navy attacked the Pearl Harbor.& killing more than 2,300 Americans.
    As a result, ….current American youth is obsessed with our country's anime.

  63. Chalkboard History Posted on May 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    This is Montemayor's video???

  64. Shane Guy Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    That Is HORRIBLE!!!!!!

  65. Indo Surfer Posted on May 26, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Once again, your video hasn’t been all facts. Your very loose with the truth.

  66. struckfire 3337 Posted on June 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    LOL weekend America morale they didn't know much about Americans did they you attack Americans it doesn't weaken morale it's strengthens it tenfold

  67. Preston Irvin Posted on June 7, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    You got a thumbs down for that ad

  68. Mark Harrison Posted on June 11, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    It wasn't a surprise. Roosevelt was told on 4 December that Pearl Harbor would be attacked.

  69. Youtube Censors Posted on June 14, 2019 at 11:26 am

    "Surprise", lol. FDR knew about for two full days before he allowed it to happen.

  70. Mr. Hashi Posted on June 21, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Actually, Germany and Italy declared war on the USA. Not the other way

  71. 43 - 034 Posted on June 21, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Japan after bombing Pearl Harbor:
    “Why do I hear boss music?”

  72. David Hilton Posted on June 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Infographics: Go ahead and use Star Destroyers to illustrate ships from WW2. I doubt your editor would notice

  73. TK Kmss Posted on June 24, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    December 7th 1941, the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the empire of japan…….

  74. The USA Posted on June 27, 2019 at 12:59 am

    6:00 rare footage of keanu Reeves throwing a bomb

  75. Mason Silvers Posted on June 27, 2019 at 2:39 am

    It was cat man, not fat boi.
    It just annoyed me, so I had to post it.

  76. 288theabe Posted on July 1, 2019 at 6:18 am

    I read an alternate history novel where the Japanese occupied pearl and Hawaii. I haven’t read it in ages, but from what I remember, they had a legit shot at winning the pacific side of the war

  77. Reilly Ferguson Posted on July 5, 2019 at 3:51 am

    I miss this narrator

  78. Brandon Salazar Posted on July 13, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    When Japan bombed USA the USA said you mass up and nuke Japan

  79. Gavin Soto Posted on July 17, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I feel bad for the people on the USS Arizona and the rest of the ships that got

  80. Bornalee Hatiboruah Posted on July 17, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Japanese did it with great precision because the people planning were members of skillshare.

  81. Robert Johnson Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Didn’t drop them from a p 38

  82. Th3greatscott Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Every time I think of Pearl Harbor I cant stop imagining a Japanese man with a think accent yelling "Supriseeeeee Americans!!"

  83. Aidan nah nah Posted on July 24, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Why do I hear boss music?

    ~Japan after pearl harbor~

  84. Enas Tyxaios Posted on July 26, 2019 at 9:50 am

    The Nagasaki nuke is called fat man not fat boy

  85. Eric Nguyen Posted on August 1, 2019 at 9:41 am

    They woke the sleeping giant

  86. BurningPillow Posted on August 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Japan is crazy, from weird commercials to anime and they started World War 2

  87. Louis Shaw Posted on August 12, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    …bla bla bla, fact is USA had a least radar warning an hour before, and Authorities said to ignore. The President had to promise no more war UNLESS attacked first. Brain usage required….

  88. Reid ReidLS Posted on August 15, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I was was at Pearl Harbor museum


  89. J22 Posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    And thus the sleeping giant awoken.

  90. John Everett Posted on August 19, 2019 at 4:31 am

    There were no 4-engine Japanese bombers at Pearl Harbor. Get your graphics right.

  91. CoolCat 909 Posted on August 22, 2019 at 3:36 am

    1941: Japan punches America (Attack on Pearl Harbor)
    August 8, 1945: Bodyslams Japan (Bombing of Hiroshima)

    August 11, 1945: Slaps Freedom into Japan (Bombing of Nagasaki)

  92. Qing Mapper Posted on September 1, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    lol the flag of the Japanese empire is so wrong lol. does anyone get the flag right?

  93. 足立あきら Posted on September 2, 2019 at 12:35 am

    My grandpa fought the Australians and Americans both he feared the Americans he said they where the best shots and they loved their nation more than any other enemy they had fought he said the Americans would get close and would beat in your head with the back of their guns etc … anyone that doubts the American will to fight don’t we made that mistake…

  94. Kamikaze 15000 Posted on September 3, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Its fat man not fat boy

  95. Mr. Z Pilot Posted on September 5, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Fat boy and Little man.

  96. sangita patel Posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    No country messes with AMERICA

  97. Shabybtd Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Infographic show- To avoid future attacks purchase a membership of skill share
    US Military- Ok

  98. Ark Amvs Posted on September 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Is little boy and fat man