Sunday, May 3, 2009


This is almost the exact moment when Japan lost WW2.   After the conquest of the Phillipines and the Maylay barrier, Japan won no significant battles. The Japanese thought the Americans were unskilled at war and unwilling to fight, that one hammer blow would be sufficient to knock America out of the war.  They were wrong.

Both Japan and Germany had no real chance of beating their respective opponents.  The Germans may have had a tiny window in Aug-Sept 1941, but the Japanese never had a chance.  On December 7, 1941, the US Navy had 4 aircraft carriers in the Pacific.  By September 1945, they had 150.  End of story.

Here's a spectacular photo from a Japanese plane during the attack.  This photo was taken 2 - 3 minutes before the one above.  The attack started just before 8 am and is well underway here.  The Arizona exploded at 8:06 and hasn't been hit by the fatal bomb yet.

Lots more great photos of the battle here (scroll down).