Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

What was Hitler doing on Pearl Harbor?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Nothing. Pearl Harbour was planned by then American President Franklin D Roosevelt. While this posting may not be politically correct and does not comport with the myths and legends of your text, it is historically accurate - as you will discover if you give even minimal examination to the record.

    FDR always wanted in the worst way to get into the war in Europe, but he knew neither Congress nor the American people would let him. Even after running through the various Neutrality Acts to Cash and Carry to Boats for Bases to Lend Lease, he couldn't build sentiment for war. Even after he effectively declared War during his Fireside Chat on Sept 11, 1941, he couldn't find the necessary votes. Well, if you can't get in through the front door, try the rear windows, he reasoned. If Japan could be provoked into attacking, then the US would be at war with Japan and war with Germany would surely follow.

    Some means by which such an attack could be provoked were laid out in the McCollum Memo. On October 7, 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence submitted a memo to Navy Captains Walter Anderson and Dudley Knox." The memo illustrated an eight step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States of America:

    1. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the pacific, particularly in


    2. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies.

    3. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek.

    4. Send a division of long range heavy cruiser to the Orient, Philippines and Singapore.

    5. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient.

    6. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.

    7. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil.

    8. Completely embargo all U.S trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British empire.

    FDR exceeded that plan. He beefed up bases all through the Japanese sphere of influence, especially in the Philippines and on Taiwan, Midway and Guam. He moved the Pacific Fleet from San Diego to Pearl, against the advice of his best admirals. CinCPac James Otto Richardson twice refused to obey the order, calling the move an unjustifiable and unwarranted provocation, likely to induce an attack, and he said the fleet would be a sitting duck and could not be defended against a carrier launched air attack. After obeying his orders, he continued to protest. He was relieved of command for his effort. His successor, Husband Kimmel, voiced similar objections on equally deaf ears. Chester Nimitz declined the post because he too believe it would invite and attack that would destroy the fleet.

    On the same day that FDR ordered all Japanese assets in the US to be seized, he also created an entire new army, the USAFFE, pulled Douglas MacArthur out of retirement to lead it, and stationed it in the Philippines, directly amidst vital Japanese commercial and military shipping routes. He them created an air wing for the new army, the USAAFE, and stationed the largest collection of US warplanes outside of the USA in the Philippines, poised as a dagger at Japan's throat. He expanded the embargoes. He supported a group of "nationalists", "freedom fighters" and "patriots", as he called them, in Indochina, promising to help them in their war for independence against France and Japan. (They were the Vietminh, led by Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap and he would stab them in the back at Tehran, a treachery compounded by Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower in 1945, 1946, 1954 and 1956, leading directly to the Vietnam War, but his offer to give aid to them in 1940/41 was a factor that led to Pearl then.)

    The final humiliation for Japan was the Hull Note of November 26, 1941 delivered by Secretary of State Cordell Hull which as one of its conditions demanded the complete withdrawal of all Japanese troops from French Indochina and China. Orders to launch Kido Butai were issued after the Note was received. The Tojo Cabinet believed it had no choice. The goal was to take out the Pacific Fleet and US military presence in one fell swoop, thus driving FDR to the peace table and forcing the US to act the neutral it claimed to be. Had the carriers been in port, had Genda been allowed to launch the third wave against the sub pens, drydocks, maintenance yards and oil storage facilities, and/or had Nagumo been authorized to go after Midway on his way home, the plan might have worked. The Japanese never wanted war with the US. They merely wanted to purchase one million gallons of aviation fuel from US but FDR wanted US in central place in world and thus wanted to enter War.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    It's an intriguing query, but the Germans and americans had been already taking pictures at every other by means of December 1941. (The sinking of the united statesRueben James stands out as one instance.) Hitler would doubtless have identified in regards to the ambitions Japan had within the a long way East, however was once most commonly blind to the small print of the Pearl Harbor assault. (only a few japanese knew those small print.) after all, when the U.S. Declared warfare on Japan, Hitler quickly declared battle on the U.S. The timing used to be dangerous, however so was the timing of Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union.

  • 8 years ago

    He was not even there.

    He was in Germany, thinking of more ways to solve the Jewish, Polish, Czech, Yugoslav problems.

    In short, he was in Europe thinking of more ways to commit genocide. He may known about it, Germany being a member of the Axis powers, but he was nowhere near Pearl Harbor.

    Whoever said he was there has been eating mescaline.

  • 8 years ago

    You need his schedule. I'm sure someone kept it. Get hold of them and have them check December 7, 1942.

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