Naval History and Heritage Command

Japanese Planning and Preparation 

Naval History and Heritage Command historian Robert J. Cressman answers questions about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the historical impact in a series of video sound bites. Here, he discusses Japanese planning and preparation for the attack. Videos may be downloaded from DVIDS.

When did the Japanese begin planning the attack?

It has been said that Japan believed if they hit the U.S., America might not have the will to fight back. What is your perspective on this?

When did the Japanese forces get underway to carry out the attack?

When did the Japanese carriers reach their launching point?

How could such a large force move on Hawaii without being detected?

What were the Japanese targets during the attack?

Watch the next set of videos: The Fleet at Pearl Harbor 

Published:Thu Nov 02 10:02:20 EDT 2017