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Japan’s daring plan comes to life

  • NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND

    A Japanese model of Pearl Harbor, showing ships located as they were during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack, was constructed after the attack for use in making a motion picture. The original photograph was brought back to the U.S. from Japan at the end of World War II by Rear Adm. John Shafroth.

Relations had been deteriorating for decades between the United States and Japan prior to the attack on Hawaii. By 1941 war was seen as inevitable. “War Plan Orange” for possible conflict with Japan had been updated through the 1920s and 1930s. Read more

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