Pearl Harbor Historical Footage Thought to be Lost Surfaces

A rare historical footage of the Pearl Harbor attack during the Second World War surfaced recently.

The said factual Pearl Harbor video showed astounding shots of the devious attack made by the Japanese Imperial Army against the US forces. However, the recently emerged Pearl Harbor footage is of low quality given that it was just a copy of the original shot. The primary video has been lost.

The Pearl Harbor archival video shows how the American warship USS Nevada fired out at Japanese craft while another battleship, the USS Oglala, was rolling over and sinking. The USS St. Louis was also captured in the Pearl Harbor video.

The historical footage of the Pearl Harbor attack was discovered the UM-10, Photographic Section of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

According to the annals of history, the Pearl Harbor attack committed by the Imperial Japanese Navy marked the entry of the United States into the Second World War. 188 American aircraft were destroyed, eight US Navy battleships sunk, more than 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,000 plus were wounded because of the attack.

Originally, the latter meant the campaign to be a preventive measure, a message to America not to meddle with the military actions the Japanese Empire was about take on in Southeast Asia.

But America took the shocking Pearl Harbor attack as a major offense and the clandestine support the country handed out to the British government morphed into an active partnership.

As the Pearl Harbor attack occurred without any war declarations from Japan or any other explicit caution, the Tokyo Trials judged it a major Japanese war crime. While there are a number of writers who believed, years later, that the American authorities knew about the Pearl Harbor attack beforehand, but had let it happen aiming at building America for war, mainstream historians reject this conspiracy.

Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE