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Why was Japan so successful in their attack on the US?

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May 19, 2011 1:43AM

At Pearl Harbor it was that they had achieved total surprise and

benefited by some mistakes made by the U.S. military.

In the Philippines it was because of the low priority given to

building up that country until it was too late AND some major

mistakes by Douglas MacArthur and his staff.

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Attack on Pearl Harbour wasn't such a big success as it seems. The

most importand targets like carriers, docks, fuel supplies


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Japan was successful because the US saw them on the radar but

thought they were the B-12 bombers scheduled to land. The US took

no notice but monitored them. By the time they came in so fast that

the lookouts didn't have enough time to tell everyone they were

under attack. Finally, the attack was successful because they

caught Pearl Harbor asleep by attacking them on a Sunday morning.

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