Paper: An Introduction to the Causes for World War Two

" The British Royal Air Force had to be knocked out first. The plan was to draw the Royal Air Force into battle and destroy it. On August 8 the attack began, the attack lasting 10 days. The city of London became the main target, and for two months it remained so. On October 12 Germany gave up the idea of victory from air power. During the three months of fighting, in London alone, 12,696 civilians were killed by bombs. In September more than 10,000 bombs were dropped on the city. German air power was the first seriously crippling blow, Germany s morale was lowered and Britain s morale was raised. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor slept, except for the few military personnel doing Sunday duty. Seven of the fleet's great battleships, eight cruisers, 41 destroyers, five submarines. Undetected, the Japanese navy made its approach on Hawaii, and at 6 a.m., Hawaiian time,189 planes in all, were flown off the carrier decks. Unalerted American planes were still neatly aligned on the ground, while 40 torpedo planes, 50 bombers, and 50 Japanese fighters following to fight any American planes that might get into the air. One hour later came the second set of Japanese aircraft, 54horizontal bombers, 81 dive bombers, and 36 fighters, to reinforcethe attack from earlier, a third minor attack, which came at 9:15, was beaten by the American forces. In one hour and 45 minutes the Japanese had knocked out the American fleet and the American position in the Pacific. During World War II Nagasaki experienced the second and more powerful atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Because thedestruction was kept in Urakami Valley, the impact of the bomb on the city as a whole was less devastating than at Hiroshima, although destruction was greater. More than one half of the residential units escaped serious damage, but within a radius of 3,000 feet of the center of the explosion all buildings were almost completely destroyed....