Some of the largest atrocities in world history took place within Europe during World War II. However, the Mediterranean theater wasn’t the only battleground. On the other side of the world, another war was being fought against an entirely different enemy. The Pacific War began with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and ran until the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. Among the countries involved, there were a total of 6 million military deaths and a staggering 26 million civilian deaths.
Notice this tiny boat attempting to rescue a fallen crew member of the USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor bombing. The Japanese surprise attack led to the death of 2,403 American citizens, and crippled 8 American battleships. Prior to the attack, The America First Committee was in solid opposition to intervening in the war. But on the following day, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands, declared war on the nation of Japan. Thus, the theater began.
At the time of the Pearl Harbor sneak attack, there were 96 ships anchored to the shore. During the conflict, 18 were either sunken or irreversibly damaged.