Just before 8a.m. on December 7, 1941. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbour near Honolulu, Hawaii. It only lasted for 2 hours but it was devastating. The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including 8 huge battleships, and more than 300 Air planes. Within the attack, more than 2,000 American soldiers and also sailors died. And another 1,000 were injured. The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than 2 years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War 2.
Battle of Singapore
The fall of Singapore happened after the attack on Pearl Harbour (8th-15th February 1942). The fall of Singapore to the Japanese Army on February 15th 1942 is considered one of the greatest defeats in the history of the British Army and probably Britain’s worst defeat in World War Two. The fall of Singapore in 1942 clearly illustrated the way Japan was to fight in the Far East – a combination of speed and savagery that only ended with the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945. The fall of singapore to the Japanese Army on February the 15th 1942, is considered to be one of the greatest military defeats in the history of the British Empire.