Was There a Lack of U.S. Preparedness?
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Was There a
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1) U.S. civil and military
intelligence had, amongst them, good information suggesting
additional Japanese aggression throughout the summer and fall
before the attack. At the time, no reports specifically indicated
an attack against Pearl Harbor.
2) Public press reports during
summer and fall, including Hawaiian newspapers, contained
extensive reports on the growing tension in the Pacific. Late in
November, all Pacific commands, including both the Navy and Army
in Hawaii, were separately and explicitly warned war with Japan
was expected in the very near future, and it was preferred that
Japan make the first hostile act as they were apparently preparing
3) It was felt that war would
most probably start with attacks in the Far East. What is NOT a
Far East country?
Russian Far East
4) The warnings were not
specific to any area, noting only that war with Japan was expected
in the near future and all commands should act accordingly. Had
any of these warnings produced an active alert status in Hawaii,
the attack might have been resisted more effectively. What may
have been the results?
more death and damage
no death and damage
less death and damage
same death and damage
5) When the attack actually
arrived, Pearl Harbor was effectively unprepared. What was the
anti-aircraft weapons not
implemented (e.g., torpedo nets in the harbor)
combat air patrol flying
no Air Corps aircraft parked
wingtip to wingtip to reduce sabotage risks (ready to fly at a
6) By 1941, U.S. signals
intelligence, through the Army's Signal Intelligence Service and
the Office of Naval Intelligence's had intercepted and decrypted
considerable Japanese diplomatic and naval cipher traffic, though
nothing actually carrying significant information about Japanese
military plans in 1940-41. What was the name of the Office of
7) Nothing in it pointed
directly to an attack at Pearl Harbor, and a lack of awareness of
Imperial Navy capabilities led to a widespread underlying belief
Pearl Harbor was not a possible attack target.
8) In 1924, who produced a
324-page report warning that future wars (including with Japan)
would include a new role for aircraft against existing ships and
facilities. He even discussed the possibility of an air attack on
Pearl Harbor, but his warnings were ignored.
General William L. Mitchell
9) And a war game surprise air
raid against Pearl Harbor in 1932 led by Admiral Harry E. Yarnell
had been judged a success and to have caused considerable damage,
a finding corroborated in a 1938 war game. Who led the 1938 war
Admiral Todd Rich
Admiral Ernest King
Admiral Michael McEwen
Admiral John Kennedy
10) Who said, "It was God's
mercy that our fleet was in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941."?