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7 December 1941
Pearl Harbor Day

7 December 1941  Pearl Harbor Day

The movie, Tora, Tora, Tora is an interesting way to bring this event of the Post Modern Era ... Pearl Harbor Day, 7 December 1941 ... to life for your homeschooled scholars.

Tora, Tora, Tora (1970, 20th Century Fox) Joseph Cotton as Henry L. Stimson, E.G. Marshall as Lt. Col. Bratton, James Whitmore as Admiral William F. Halsey, and Jason Robards as General Short.
This movie is about the events that lead up to the attack and the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 told from the both American and Japanese point of view.  (Tora ! Tora ! Tora ! is the Japanese signal for attack).  (Can you spot ... as the bombers fly over Scofield Barracks they do so over the white cross which was erected in the memory of the folk that were about to be "killed"? many US Navy ships during the attack were not commissioned until the 1960s and 1970s?)

Tora, Tora, Tora, regardless of its errors, is pregnant with family discussion ideas e.g., What did the Japanese commander in charge of bombing Pearl Harbor say after the mission was accomplished? Did he want to bomb or was he following orders? Compare/contrast technology of today with pre-WWII USA entry.  How would you have responded to this emergency?  (as a soldier, Pentegon official, White House aide, American citizen, radio broadcaster, etc.)


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