What if? Japan Had Not Attacked Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was one of the major turning points of World War II. Japan’s devastating attack was a surprise assault, resulting in the loss of two US Navy battleships and the deaths of over 2,000 people, both military and civilian.

The attack led to the USA declaring war on Japan in the Pacific Theatre, and ultimately to the destruction of the Axis powers. However, what if Japan had never actually bombed Pearl Harbor? How could the events in history have played out?

In this video by “All about History” we look at a Japan that did not only shy away from bombing Pearl Harbor but also turns her back on the war in China. Would that have been likely? We will never know for sure, but it’s certainly worth investigating further.

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Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.

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