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Nimitz's WWII operational diary posted online

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The impression that I had when I visited Pear Harbor was that such "surprise attack" was not real surprise.

They tried to teach the visitors that US suffered from surprise attack, but the same time the movie that you have to watch(obligatory thing in this place before you visit the place itself) shows that the own US government back in those days already knew about it way before the supposed "surprised attack".

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An American Hero! I can still remember all the classes that revolved around this mountain of a man back at the academy.

Mitsuo, the movie you saw was just to bring up the controversy of the "winds message" that was supposedly the trigger and should have been the clear indicator that a sneak attack was imminent. However the NSA has already debunked this "theory". Unfortunately there are liberal sacks here in the US that are apologists and wish to spread mis-information on what was a significant historical event and tragedy.

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Well, the US had broken the Japanese diplomatic code and the Navy may have broken the Japanese Naval code but that doesn't mean they know exactly when and where an attack would come. The British has broken the Japanese military code but didn't share the information with the US. But to the main legal point, Japan did not deliver the declaration of war or ultimatum until after the attacks had started. Attacks in the Philippines, Guam, Wake, Malaya, Thailand, Shanghai, and Midway were also carried out on the same day. The British were never notified. So Japan violated Article 1 of the Third Hague Convention on the opening of hostilities. BTW, the message delivered by the Japanese Ambassador to the US was not an Ultimatum or declaration of war but a series of grievances. The US delivered their declaration of was the next by a radio address to the world and the British Foreign Office delivered the following letter to the Japanese Ambassador:

Sir, On the evening of December 7th His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom learned that Japanese forces without previous warning either in the form of a declaration of war or of an ultimatum with a conditional declaration of war had attempted a landing on the coast of Malaya and bombed Singapore and Hong Kong. In view of these wanton acts of unprovoked aggression committed in flagrant violation of International Law and particularly of Article I of the Third Hague Convention relative to the opening of hostilities, to which both Japan and the United Kingdom are parties, His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo has been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government in the name of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom that a state of war exists between our two countries. I have the honour to be, with high consideration, Sir, Your obedient servant, Winston S. Churchill
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Fantastic resource for Historians. Few people shine as brightly in their lifetime . Also to be remembered for his compassion to Japan after the war.

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But Japan did not bomb Pearl Harbor. The dropping of atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima by theAmericans did not happen. It was all Japanese Hollywood stuff.

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It's rare military commanders of any nation share such details to the world.

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Nimitz is remembered by Japanese of all walks of life for his long time interest in Adm. Togo. Nimitz recognized, even as the Japanese were prostrate in defeat in 1945, that someday the United States would need a revived and strong Japanese interest in sea power.

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