The Myths of Pearl Harbour

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Every American knows the date December 7, 1941 the morning the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a massive attack on Pearl Harbor. What most people don’t know is that the first shots of the battle were fired by an American naval vessel, nearly an hour before the air attack started! The ship’s target? One of Japan’s four secret weapons the so-called “midget? subs two-man vessels designed to cripple U.S. ships from below, while Japanese bombers rained fire from above.

Examine the role these midget subs played in the Pearl Harbor attack, the technology and strategy behind the subs and the recent discovery of one sub sunk outside the harbor that morning. Accompany marine archaeologists on a dive as they get their first look at the sub and watch as a World War II vet gets his second look 61 years later. Forensic photo analysts use state-of-the-art technology to determine whether a controversial photo taken from a Japanese plane reveals a mysterious fifth sub firing on American ships inside Pearl Harbor that morning. Could the Americans have been warned in time to defend themselves against the Japanese attack?

Pearl Harbor was one of the greatest sea and air battles of the history. For many years, it’s been said that the Japanese soldiers attacked first and that they were guilty of the deaths. However, many historians have doubts about this and they believe that the American soldiers overreacted against a simple exploration mission, provoking the Japanese troops to attack. With the help of experts and pictures taken during the battle, this documentary will try to determine what really happened that day.

The Myths of Pearl Harbour, 5.6 out of 10 based on 13 ratings

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  • mike jones

    What, are you kidding me? No, no, no, there are not many historians who doubt the obvious facts as recorded. I remember this one time the wife nudged me in my ribs, it was around 2 or 3 am, she wispered in my ear, “honey, I heard a noise, I think someones in the house”. I got up, and quickly dressed in my camo deer hunting gear, strapped my holstered 357 magnum revolver on my right side, my Colt 1911 .45acp service pistol on my left side, slung my AR-15 on my back, picked up my 20″ barreled mossberg mod.500 12 gauge pump gun. Of course all these weapons were loaded, cocked & locked as they say. After sharpening my Ka-Bar knife and bayonet then sheathing same, I was now ready to open the door and go check it out. There in the glow of our little night-lite a tall figure rushed towards me, all I saw was ski-mask, I fired the shotgun at center-mass, the threat fell. What a mistake I had made, I had shot a poor fellow who lived in a neighboring community and had quietly slipped in through the window (because the door was locked) for a drink of water. Why should he have notified me that he needed a drink, just because it was from my kitchen sink? Just because it was some un-godly hour? By the way, he was armed and loaded for bear, so what, maybe he was going to do some hunting after some refreshing water. What idiot developed this poor Japan theory?

    • Fred Bazzeeda

      I just had to click “like” for this mad post!

    • Ze

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
      Do you expect any one to believe your story?!?!?!?!?

  • cold-beat-dallas

    Hello Mike,

    I have not watched yet. I will leave a very valid opinion when I finish watching.

  • cold-beat-dallas

    America had become a target!!

  • Vance

    I also haven’t watched it, but Mike is spot on.
    The thing about planes is if they run out of fuel over an ocean you lose the plane. Hence you don’t go on exploratory missions loaded with submarine torpedoes and bombs and in the kind of numbers that were present at Pearl Harbor, just on a whim to check the scenery. All such excursions are rather well planned and deliberate.

    It really is akin to saying the D-Day landings only happened because a beach sprung up out of nowhere. Just a few thousand Allied forces out sailing and geography intervened. Much like the Naval base at Pearl Harbour. This was the 1940s, not 1640s. The location was rather well known to the Japanese.

    I suspect though that the “many historians” saying this refers only to those on the video, who needed to be lent credibility in order for this to be funded and aired as a “new take” on an already well told incident.

  • Guest

    Watch the documentary before you comment. This is not some wicked conspiracy theory. Its not a slamming of America og downplay of the incident itself. Listen to the war weterans debating around the incident, what could have been done different, what was good and what was bad. Dont just comment..

  • Guest

    Watch the documentary before you comment. This is not some wicked conspiracy theory. Its not a slamming of America og downplay of the incident itself. Listen to the war weterans debating around the incident, what could have been done different, what was good and what was bad. Dont just comment..

  • stars and stripes used to wipe

    Same old Americans, always provoked in to war. Its not like they would ever instigate a war, or make false pretenses to enter a war or even kill thousands of their own people in order to go to war! By the way This is sarcastic cause if Americans are as dumb as the come across they will not have initially registered this.

  • Drake

    I’ve never understood why americans whine so much about a surprise attack on a MILITARY BASE like Pearl Harbor (which is a LEGITIMATE MILITARY TARGET on every single war), but don’t say anything about the retaliation on that attack, which involved killing more than 200,000 inocent civilians with not just one atomic bomb, but two of them…

    Anyone care to explain such hideous hypocrisy and complete lack of ethics???

    (and yet they still claim to be the world wide “Guardians of Human Rights” and “Defenders of Freedom and Democracy”… hahaha)