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In the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked American airfields on the island of Oahu and the pearl harbor ships, which is why the US decided to enter the WWII.
The attack on Pearl Harbor
Four warships and two destroyers were sunk, while four more battleships, three light cruisers and one destroyer were severely damaged.
188 aircraft were also destroyed, 159 others were seriously injured, 2,403 men died (more than 1000 aboard the warship "Arizona") and injured 1,178.
The Japanese lost 29 aircraft (15 bombers, 5 torpedo planes and 9 fighters). Five midget submarines sank and 55 people died.
Another, Lieutenant Sakamaki, was captured after swimming ashore when his midget submarine collided with a reef.
World War II in the Pacific: 1945
On the morning of August 6, 1945, the American B-29 bomber "Enola Gay”, Under the command of Colonel Paul Tibbets, dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima the first atomic bomb in history, called "The Kid”. Three days later, pilot Charles Sweeney launched the second over the city of Nagasaki, called "Fat man”.
The total number of deaths ranged from 90,000 to 166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000 to 80,000 in Nagasaki.
On August 15, 1945, six days after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced its surrender and after this act of delivery, on September 2, the end of the Second World War was signed.
Between the date of the attack on Pearl harbor and the surrender of Japan, a bloody struggle developed in the Pacific that usually goes unnoticed as we all focus on what was happening in Europe, with Adolf hitler in command of Nazi Germany and its fight against the allies.
Here we leave you a series of stock photography showing what it happened in the Pacific during World War II.
Images of World War II in the Pacific
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