The attack on Pearl Harbor happened on December 7th, 1941. It was planned by Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. The Japanese launched a surprise attack on the American fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack lasted only six hours. The Japanese had submarines waiting near the harbor to launch torpedoes at the ships. The Japanese were able to sink three battleships, four destroyers, and damaged many others.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto | Source: Wikipedia

Who Was Behind The Attacks?

The prime minister of Japan who authorized the attack was Hideki Tojo who was born in Tokyo, Japan on April 1st, 1900. Hideki Tojo’s father was a samurai who also served in the military. Tojo graduated from the Imperial Military Academy and began his ascension through military ranks. On December 8th, 1941 he became the Prime Minister of Japan. After the war ended, he was tried for war crimes and also sentenced to death. However, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He died in prison on September 27th, 1948.

Prime Minister Hideki Tojo | Source: Wikipedia

After the attack, President Roosevelt declared war on Japan. The US lost over 2,400 men in the attack. Many US sailors also died in the attack. Most of them were asleep in their bunks. Others were killed while trying to escape from the burning buildings.

USS Arizona On Fire During Pearl Harbor Attacks | Source: Wikipedia

The Japanese lost the Battle of Midway in 1942. In addition, they lost many planes and pilots. They couldn’t stop the U.S. Navy from winning the war. Lastly in early August of 1945 the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombs caused terrible damage. More than 200,000 people died in these attacks. The Japanese surrendered on August 15, 1945.

Banknotes From Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor Banknote & Coin Album | Source: Banknote World

Tojo: Pearl Harbor Mastermind album contains three banknotes and a 50 sen coin that circulated during the premiership of Tojo Hideaki. Additionally, the album comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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