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Why Was the Attack Plans Month's in Advance?

What do you know about planning for Pearl Harbor Attack
Take this World War II History Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) What was the intent of a preemptive strike on Pearl Harbor?Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE

  1. Neutralize American naval power in the Pacific
  2. America to withdraw back to the west coast
  3. To invade the United States
  4. Keep the United States from invading Japan

2) Planning had long anticipated that a battle between the two Fleets would happen in Japanese home waters after the US Fleet traveled across the Pacific, under attack by submarines and other forces all the way.

  • True or False?

3) The US Fleet would be defeated in a climactic battle, just as had the Russian Fleet.
When did the Japanese Fleet defeat the Russian Fleet?

  1. 1890
  2. 1895
  3. 1900
  4. 1905

4) For aerial attack, Pearl Harbor's shallow waters made using conventional air-dropped torpedoes ineffective.

  • True or False?

5) Japanese officers were influenced by a U.S. Admiralís Harry Yarnell's performance in the 1932 joint Army-Navy exercises, which simulated an invasion of Hawaii. Yarnell, as commander of the attacking force, placed his carriers northwest of Oahu and simulated an air attack.
Who was the U.S. Admiral?

  1. Bond Ward
  2. Harry Yarnell
  3. Edward Martin
  4. Averill Harriman

6) Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's emphasis on destroying the American battleships was in keeping with what doctrine that shared by all major navies during this period, including the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy.

  1. Andersonian
  2. Ellsbergian
  3. Mahanian
  4. Mackieian

7) When, in a letter, did Admiral Yamamoto finally delivered a rough outline of his plan to Koshiro Oikawa, then Navy Minister, from whom he also requested to be made Commander in Chief of the air fleet to attack Pearl Harbor?

  1. December 7, 1940
  2. January 7, 1941
  3. February 7, 1941
  4. March 7, 1941

8) Although attacking the US Pacific Fleet while it was at anchor in Pearl Harbor would achieve surprise, it also carried two distinct disadvantages: The targeted ships would be sunk or damaged in very shallow water, meaning that it would be quite likely that they could be salvaged and possibly returned to duty (as six of the eight battleships eventually were); and most of the crews would survive the attack, since many would be on shore leave or would be rescued from the harbor afterward.

  • True or False?

9) By April 1941, what did the Pearl Harbor plan became known as?

  1. Operation Z
  2. Operation Alpha
  3. Code Red
  4. Code Blue

10) Over the summer, pilots trained in earnest near what Japanese city?

  1. Osaka
  2. Kagoshima
  3. Sapporo
  4. Hiroshima

Why Was the Attack Plans Month's in Advance?

1) A. 2) True 3) D. 4) True 5) B. 6) C. 7) B. 8) True 9) A. 10) B.

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