Posted by: Jennifer | December 7, 2005

ordinary heros, parte seis

Today we are honouring men and women who lived through one of the most prolific and horrific battles to take place in the second World War.

On December 7, 1941, 2,390 people were killed and 1,178 wounded when the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbour. The attack also sunk 5 battleships and damaged 3, sunk 3 cruisers and 3 destroyers, and destroyed 188 planes and damaged another 150 planes. In essence, the United States Pacific Fleet was crippled by the totally unexpected attack.

As everyone knows, the United States eventually rebounded and won the Battle of the Pacific. In 1991, the Japanese government revealed that they had intended to declare war against the United States, but that they guy carrying the message had been delayed and so war was not declared until after the fact. This is the only apology to ever come from Japan for the attack, despite the fact that negotiations to avoid war were continuing while bombs fell.

If you feel the need to retrace history through film, the best movie depicition of the attack would have to be, without a shadow of a doubt, Tora! Tora! Tora!. It’s in black and white, and it has subtitles, but it is an awesome movie. If you get your history lesson from watching Ben Affleck’s Pearl Harbor, then you should be taken out into the street and shot. Good movie, but definitely not educational.


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