07/12/2013 13:38 GMT

Pearl Harbour Anniversary

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07/12/1941 - On this Day in History - The Japanese High Seas Fleet launches a devestating, unannounced, attack on the American Fleet at Pearl Harbour. They sink 6 top-line battleships and hundreds of smaller vessels are either sunk or badly damaged. But the main target, the Six American Carriers, are out at sea on manouvers and escape unscatched. Several months later, at the Battle of Midway, those same carriers wreak a terrible revenge for Pearl Harbour. DECEMBER 7th: The forward magazine of t

On this day in 1941, Japanese aircraft launched a devastating attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed, and 1,178 were injured in the attack that propelled the United States into the Second World War.

Five US battleships were sunk, hundreds of smaller vessels damaged and 188 planes were destroyed.

President Franklin Roosevelt said it would be "a date which will live in infamy", and a declaration of war was approved within hours.