History Tip of the Day – July 11th

Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

The Japanese military knew its primary adversary might eventually be the United States. Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had long been in favor of an aerial bombardment that would destroy the “dagger pointed at our throats,” as he referred to the US fleet. The attack would happen on a Sunday morning, when most sailors would be sleeping after a night on the town. Waves of carrier-launched Japanese dive bombers would destroy America’s naval presence in the Pacific. Yamamoto knew where to find these ships. They were anchored stem to stern at a naval base in Hawaii—a place known as Pearl Harbor.