Lieutenant-General Walter C. Short and Pearl Harbour

lieutenant general walterc short

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

New Photos of PBY Flying Boat sunk before Pearl Harbour Attack

PBY Flying Boat Kaneohe

Before Pearl Harbour was attacked, other military installations on Oahu were hit. The bombers were specifically targeting aircraft in order to prevent American forces from getting airborne and fighting back. The PBY-5 Catalina patrol bombers, known at the PBY flying boat, is a seaplane with a range of 2,000 miles. With such a long range, it

The End of WWII on the Battleship Missouri

End of WWII Ceremony

Sitting at Pearl Harbour, as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender that marked the end of WWII, we reflect on the two days that changed the world forever.  The December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour and the September 2, 1945 signing of the surrender on the Battleship USS Missouri. Japan did not

Emperor Hirohito Radio Address on August 15, 1945

After Hirohito radio address

The following is a translation of Emperor Hirohito’s radio address from August 15, 1945 accepting the Allies terms of surrender. The language that he spoke in was very difficult for common Japanese people to understand. Emperor Hirohito had an imperial dialect that was confusing for many. To our good and loyal subjects: After pondering deeply

Washington DC Lady's reaction to Pearl Harbour on December 8, 1941

Washington DC during WWII

We are very lucky that the United States Library of Congress had the foresight to conduct “Man on the Street” Interviews” after the attack on Pearl Harbour. They recorded over 12 hours of reactions to the attack and to the declaration of war. In this audio recording, the “Man on the Street” was a lady.