Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy

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Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes appeared over the Hawaiian Islands to launch a surprise aerial bombardment of American air and naval installations. It was the event that propelled the United States into the Second World War. Battlefield expert Robert Mueller reviews why and how the Japanese almost wiped out the American Pacific Fleet in one fell swoop. Using individual stories of men who responded to the attack, Mueller presents the tactics and the consequences of the most treacherous assault ever launched upon American soil. The program ends with a review of the surviving relics and, appropriately, a virtual visit to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Robert J. Mueller has written six visitor guides to the battlefields of Northern Europe and Hawaii under the Fields of War imprint. The titles have garnered 11 national book awards including being twice honored by the Military Writers Society of America. He has delivered more than 270 in-person and virtual battlefield presentations to describe the places and the people who dictated the battle’s outcome. He holds advanced degrees in physics and business administration, following military service in the US Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam era. 

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