Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor - 75 Years Ago Today

Seventy-five years ago today, on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked U.S. facilities at Pearl Harbor and Wheeler and Hickam Fields. While most of us have seen American newsreel footage of the attack with bombastic narration (often loaded with slurs that might have seemed appropriate at the time), here's silent footage of the devastation that, to us, conveys the eerie, shocking aftermath of the attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II.  We offer this as a silent eulogy to those who lost their lives not only on December 7, 1941, but throughout the war.

For historical interest, we're sharing this Japanese propaganda newsreel that shows preparations for the attack and the "annihilation" of the American fleet (well, not quite -- e.g., our all- important carriers were at sea and untouched by the attack; 2,403 Americans were killed, not 5,500):

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