Dec. 7, 2011 — Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor when Japan bombed the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored in Hawaii.
This “Day of Infamy” was unprovoked and ultimately drew this nation into World War II.
At exactly 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese torpedoes started ripping open battleships anchored alongside Ford Island. Within two hours, some 20 ships were sunk or damaged and 164 planes destroyed.
Of the 2,400 who died, nearly half were killed in a matter of seconds aboard the giant USS Arizona battleship, when a bomb detonated the ship’s munitions depot, igniting a conflagration that burned for three days.
It was the most devastating foreign attack on U.S. soil until September 11, 2001.
Here are some titles from our World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimensions series: