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Battles Won and Lost: The Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941
The Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941
Season 1  |  Episode 8  |  The History Channel  |  July 2, 2020

World War II was the sum of battles waged: strategies that succeeded or failed, changing the course of the war. Some were the result of careful planning leading to decisive victory, like the Allied assault on Rommel's forces at El Alamein. Others would defy carefully laid plans. From Pearl Harbor, where Japan's attack on US naval capacity instead galvanised America to join the war, to Okinawa, where the Allied victory came at such a cost they would turn to a new strategy in Japan, the atomic bomb. Each battle another domino tipping, leading the world inexorably towards victory or surrender.

World War II was the sum of battles waged: strategies that succeeded or failed, changing the course of the war. Some were the result of careful planning leading to decisive victory, like the Allied assault on Rommel's forces at El Alamein. Others would defy carefully laid plans. From Pearl Harbor, where Japan's attack on US naval capacity instead galvanised America to join the war, to Okinawa, where the Allied victory came at such a cost they would turn to a new strategy in Japan, the atomic bomb. Each battle another domino tipping, leading the world inexorably towards victory or surrender.

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