On 7 December 1941, Japan's bombardment of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, finally brought the United States into the war. Coinciding with the attack at Pearl Harbor, Japan attacked American bases in the Philippines and assaulted the British possessions of Malaya and Hong Kong. What had previously been a largely European war, with minor operations in Africa, had become a global conflict.

United States, National Archives and Records Administration. Available online at Images of American Political History, [22 December, 1999].

Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

The USS West Virginia and the USS Tennessee burn after Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.
 

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