Pearl Harbor: An Interactive Experience
Revisit the attack on Pearl Harbor by beginning with an interactive map of the Japanese empire and its Asian neighbors at the time of January 1941. Then analyze clues gathered by American Naval Intelligence that might have warned U.S. forces that the attack was coming. Do you think these clues provided enough evidence for a real danger? Why do you think they went unnoticed by military leaders? The animated maps will take you step by step through the Japanese attack in the early hours of December 7, and you can also hear actual eyewitness accounts by U.S. serviceman who experienced the attack from the ground. Compare the Japanese air fleet with the American naval fleet. Which side do you think had the greatest advantage? And how effectively did the Japanese use the element of surprise?