Lieutenant-General Walter C. Short and Pearl Harbour

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Many historians feel conflicted when discussing Lieutenant-General Walter C. Short. He was the man in charge of Pearl Harbour’s defense, and on December 7, 1941, his career abruptly ended as Japanese bombs fell from the sky. Before that day, Short had 40 years of service in the U.S. Army under his belt, so it’s not fair

The History of Pearl Harbour Before the Attack

Ford Island at Pearl Harbour

Polynesians have inhabited the Hawaiian Islands for centuries. Hawaii was discovered relatively late by Europeans. The first visit by westerners to the islands was in 1778 when the British Captain James Cook arrived. The English ship Butterworth, under Captain William Brown, entered Honolulu Harbour in 1793. Captain Cook passed it on his famous voyage in