A major turning point
This is picture perfect Hawaii, surrounded by the cerulean blue Pacific Ocean.
Yet, 80 years ago, this idyllic setting was the site of one of World War II’s most memorable battles. On December 7, 1941, at 7:53am, a Japanese air squadron attacked the American fleet anchored in the waters of Pearl Harbor. The United States and its defensive strategy were struck right at the core.
The attack was a major turning point. The very next day, the U.S. officially entered the war, ending their policy of isolationism and taking the conflict to a whole new and truly global level.