Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941

Dramatic images from the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941

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Japanese Learn from British for Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

Pearl Harbour 7 Dec 1941 - Nakajima B5N2 over Hickam FieldThe Japanese learnt valuable tactical lessons from the British Fleet Air Arm for their attack on Pearl Harbor.

In early 1941 a group of Japanese naval officers on diplomatic duty in Berlin were escorted by the German Abwehr on a liaison visit to Italy. In Rome the Japanese were introduced to the Italian naval authorities and asked if they could investigate the secrets of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm attack of November 1940 on the Italian battleships in Taranto Harbour.

A double agent working for the British MI6 secret service acquired the intelligence from a conversation with his Abwehr control officer whilst visiting Lisbon. Unbeknown to the West the Japanese Navy was planning an attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Imperial Navy’s Combined Fleet, had advised his Navy Minister on 7 January 1941 that a decisive strike crippling the US fleet would bring about the subsequent defeat of the British and Allied forces south of the Philippine Islands. The Japanese knew that if they were to succeed the secrets of Taranto had to be unlocked. Continue reading “Japanese Learn from British for Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941”

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“…engrossing history not only recounting the development of Japanese air power—a topic which has not received much attention despite the perennial keen interest in World War II—but also deepening understanding of the nature of the warfare and surrounding political, technical etc matters bearing on it…a distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history.”

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