On this day in 1941, just before 8 am, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an attack on the
American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of escalating tensions, primarily over Japanese aggression against China, and Japanese anger over American trade sanctions, the Japanese strike on America’s Pacific Fleet still came as a surprise. In a two hour assault, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes dropped bombs and torpedoes which killed around 2,400 American soldiers and sailors, while 20 naval vessels and 200 planes were destroyed. In contrast, the Japanese suffered just 64 fatalities. The Pearl Harbor attacks were part of a larger, co-ordinated assault against American territories in Guam and the Philippines, and parts of the British Empire. While the strike certainly damaged the Pacific Fleet, vitally important aircraft carriers were spared as they were away from the base, and shipyards remained intact, allowing for swift rebuilding. The next day, following a powerful speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. The legislature passed the war measure with only one dissenting vote, cast by pacifist Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana. America’s declaration of war was immediately followed by further declarations by Japan’s Axis allies Germany and Italy against the United States. Two years in, despite initial isolationist neutrality, America was now involved in the Second World War. The entrance of the United States into the war marked a pivotal turning point in one of the bloodiest wars in human history, as the full might of the American military joined the Allied cause against the forces of Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, and imperial Japan.
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” - President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Congress
This is mainly for those living in Scotland but I’m sure the rest of you can empathise.
Imagine, you’ve booked a holiday. You’re going travelling around a country you’ve always dreamed of.
You board the plane from Glasgow and fly to your destination and get settled in your youth hostel. You go sight-seeing during the day and try interesting food and just have a great time. You meet people from all different countries and walks of life.
You are getting the train to the next destination and then after that you’ve got coach journeys to various other towns and cities.
One day you’re resting in the hostel common room and there’s a TV on. A breaking-news story appears on the TV and indicates that there’s been a nuclear explosion at Faslane naval base.
You sit there and watch the news report as it suddenly dawns on you that you don’t have a home to go back to…
And that’s why I don’t agree with nuclear weapons. And I especially don’t agree with harbouring them next to Scotland’s largest fucking city.
So, a couple years ago, my friend Sarah joined the Navy reserves (or something idk details) and she had to go do boot camp and then some sort of training/work experience or something like that. Anyways. We were up late talking one night when suddenly Sarah got an intense craving for trail mix. She’s still on this naval base after boot camp
So here we are, it’s probably 2 am for Sarah and she wants to sneak out of her room, down to the mess hall for Trail Mix. @annaveth and I are trying to convince her “no sarah don’t do it you’ll get in trouble” because seriously she wants to try to sneak down past the floor wardens for TRAIL MIX and she could get in actual trouble if she gets caught.
But, a tired Sarah is a Sarah no one can reason with. The last we heard from her was “I’M GONNA DO IT” and we didn’t see her again that night.
When I woke up the next morning, I was greeted to the sight of a picture of two bags of trail mix and a text:
“why do i have these”
She didn’t remember our conversation, nor did she remember actually sneaking out to go get the snack.
Later we were told that apparently she was trying to sneak down ninja style and when she did eventually run into the floor warden she said, (as told to her by the floor warden the next morning) “you didn’t see anything”, did some ninja move and continued down the stairs. Finding it so amusing the floor warden didn’t do anything but laugh and thus, Sarah was free to get her trail mix.
tl:dr, my friend Sarah snuck out after curfew to get trail mix and didn’t even remember she did it the next morning
March 13, 1917 - February Revolution: Kronstadt Sailors Kill their Officers and Seize Petrograd Naval Base
Pictured - The Kronstadt sailors were among the most committed left-wing revolutionaries in Russia. Die-hard anarchists, they rebelled again against Bolshevik totalitarianism in 1921 and were put down mercilessly by the Red Army.
The struggle inside Russia was quickly spilling out of control. By March 13, soldiers were joining with the protesting crowds. Gun-battles broke out in the streets as the revolutionaries built barricades, seized weapons, and took on the police and Cossacks called in to control the situation. Sailors now joined the revolutionaries as well. Twentieth century navies tend to be more politically left-leaning than other branches of the military, because they contained mostly working-class men. Sailors from the cruiser Aurora, which was undergoing repairs in the capital, murdered their captain and seized their ship. In the sea just outside Petrograd, 3,000 sailors at the Kronstadt Naval Base also threw their lot in with the revolt, killing forty officers and sergeants and arrested more than a hundred others.
HIJMS Mutsu’s salvaged turret, after the war. In 1943 she suffered a catastrophic explosion in her #3 turret - breaking her in two with the loss of 1,121 sailors. A turret from Mutsu is currently on display at JMSDF Etajima Naval Base.
Characters: Sam, Dean, Gibbs, DiNozzo, McGee, Y/N (no pairing)
Word count: 1,342
Warnings: none! :D
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It was your dream to visit Washington D.C.. You never visited the nation’s capital before. Today was your lucky day. After a twenty hour drive, the three of you arrived in D.C.. Dean and Sam knew how excited you were to be in D.C., so they promised to stay at least a day after the hunt.
This particular hunt was near a naval base in D.C.. You weren’t too keen on going into their crime scenes. Sometimes the real FBI showed up. The last case you had in this part of the United States was in New Orleans. You were reunited with a long-time friend, Dwayne Pride, or as everyone else called him King. He worked for NCIS, but luckily he knew who you were. Otherwise things could have gotten messy. You buttoned the last few buttons of your suit jacket, grabbing your FBI badge and slipping it into your jacket pocket.
Dean and Sam walked out of the motel room behind you. “Now, if someone comes up to us that is actually from the FBI or NCIS, let me talk to them,” you instructed the Winchesters. “I know someone who can help us if we get into a sticky situation.”
I mean that’s what makes this whole thing truly ironic, the fact that the United States is one of the hardest countries to invade on Earth.
1.) We have two oceans to our East and West with the potential for projection of significant naval power on each. Every nation on the other side of the Atlantic is either an ally of ours or too militarily weak to attack us. There are military powers of concern on the other side of the Pacific, but we have significant naval and air power stationed in Guam, Hawaii, Japan, and South Korea, meaning you’d have to get through several layers of U.S. defenses to even be able to face off against the continental military.
2.) Western Alaska is nearly empty, as in, not even roads.
3.) Our only two borders are shared with allies. On top of that, on the Southern border they’d either have to deal with the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts on the West or navigate upstream through the mountainous Rio Grande on the East. On our Northern border, you’d have to penetrate pretty deep into the most heavily-populated segments of Canada to access the US, meaning you’d have to invade and defeat Canada first before you’d even get here.
The Battle of Hong Kong (8–25 December 1941), also known as the Defence of Hong Kong and the Fall of Hong Kong, was one of the first battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II. On the same morning as the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, forces of the Empire of Japan attacked British Hong Kong. The attack was in violation of international law as Japan had not declared war against the British Empire. Japan’s unprovoked act of aggression was met with stiff resistance from Hong Kong’s garrison, composed of local troops as well as British, Canadian and Indian units. Within a week the defenders abandoned the mainland, and less than two weeks later, with their position on the island untenable, the colony surrendered.