Back in business - Part.2
📷 Pictured is an aerial view of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, apparently taken on November 10, 1941, just four weeks before the Japanese raid. Five battleships are moored in Battleship Row, and on the other side can seen the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) with what appear to be cruisers moored behind her.
Had USS Lexington (CV-2) and USS Enterprise (CV-6) being present in Pearl Harbor on Dec.7, 1941, it’s likely they both would’ve been moored opposite Battleship Row. This is precisely where the Japanese had expected to find them.
The attack on Pearl Harbor, tactically, was a success for the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was undetected; achieved surprise, and did considerable damage for minimal losses. Strategically however, it did little to better Japan’s odds of wining a war with America. The Pacific War, at least as sea, was a ‘carrier war’, and although a single decisive naval battle did not decide it, the aircraft carrier was the centrepiece asset in a theatre dominated by the world’s largest body of water. The raid on Pearl Harbor by six Japanese Fleet carriers demonstrated perfectly the power of a new era of naval warfare emerging at the time, but ironically, damaging or destroying only the ‘old guard’ in battleships. The American aircraft carriers—in the aforementioned Lexington and Enterprise; the most highly sought after targets, were not present in Pearl on Dec.7., and therefore spared. These missed carriers, along with untouched dry docks, oil farms, and other critical infrastructure, meant that the U.S. Navy could respond fairly quickly, and while the 18 months that followed Pearl Harbor was a tough and critical period of the Pacific War for both sides; where aircraft carriers remained, there was hope.
76 years ago today, Japanese fighter planes attacked Pearl Harbor. When the attack was over, 2,403 Americans were dead, the Pacific Fleet was in ruins, and the United States was thrown into war. The message of survivors every Dec. 7 since: “Remember Pearl Harbor.” 📸: Cameron Brooks #hnn#pearlharbor
Rest in peace♥️
Even got a selfie with 1 of the 3 veterans thats still alive!♥️
Esta gran película que nos muestra gran parte de como se vivió el ataque de Pearl Harbor... Pero más se centra en estos dos amigos (que más que amigos son como hermanos), ellos se enamoran de la misma chica..
Spent the morning at the pacific aviation museum. Went on what turned out to be a private tour, that went for 3 hours instead of 1.5hrs. @kevinwithnall and I both loved it. #pacificaviationmuseum#oahu#pearlharbor