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The December, 7th 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history.
Before dawn on 7 December 1941, the American strategic center of gravity in the Pacific reposed in the seven battleships then moored along "Battleship Row", the six pairs of interrupted quays located along Ford Island's eastern side.
The road to war between Japan and the United States began in the 1930s when differences over China drove the two nations apart.
The Pearl Harbor naval base was recognized by both the Japanese and the United States Navies as a potential target for hostile carrier air power.