Friday, July 27, 2007

F.D.R. and Pearl Harbor

I thought it was common knowledge that F.D.R. knew about the attack on Pearl Harbor ahead of time. My grandmother, who was in the Philippines when it happened, always told me that the people there were expecting the Japanese to first bomb Manila. They all realized that there was going to be an a attack but they were not certain where it would be. Now there is a new book which details what was going on politically behind the scenes. Share

2 comments:

alaughland said...

The U.S. and England knew that the Japanese wanted the Hawaiian Islands as a coaling station for their ships. Also Germany and Russia were eyeing them. That is why the U.S. took over The Islands in order to keep that from happening, however the Japanese had not given up on their desire for that strategic location. The attack on Pearl Harbor was not a surprise attack in that our government knew it was inevitable, it just was not expected so soon, so in that respect it was a surprise attack.

elena maria vidal said...

That is exactly how my grandmother explained it, too.