When was the Bombing of Pearl Harbor?

On December, 1941, there was a surprise attack by the Japanese airforce on the United States navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Although the attack crippled the US navy in the Pacific Ocean, it also drew the Americans into World War II. The USA and their Allies declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Japan joined Germany and Italy to form the Axis alliance.

During the summer of 1942, US forces successfully halted the Japanese advance at the battles of Midway Island, Guadalcanal and Coral Sea. After Pearl Harbor, however, Japanese forces quickly took control of much of Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Burma and the Philippines.

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On the morning of 6 June, 1944, thousands of Allied troops went ashore along the coast of Normandy in northern France, in what became known as the D-Day landings.


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