US Navy Admiral planned Pearl Harbor attack in 1932

An American admiral
launched an almost perfect carrier attack on Pearl Harbor
during an exercise in 1932, but the military failed
to learn its lesson, allowing the Japanese
to launch almost exactly the same attack nine years later. Rear Admiral Harry E. Yarnell was an early proponent
of aircraft carriers, but his displays of air power were discounted by most of the admiralty. The aircraft had only been invented 30 years earlier in 1903. But almost immediately the military started to look at how to
use the technology in combat. Now, different military branches from different nations
moved at different speeds, and many navies considered planes an observation platform and nothing more. In World War I, pilots
bombed enemy targets by throwing munitions from their planes. But aerial bombing was still
considered a stunt by many, and the U.S. Navy brass was convinced that airplanes were not a
threat to their capital ships. Between the wars, aviation pioneers tried to get the Navy
and Army to understand how important aircraft would be in the next war. Army General William Billy
Mitchell had some success in 1921 when his men sank the
captured German battleship Ostrfriesland in a test. I don’t know how to
pronounce Ostrfriesland. They wanted me to get it right, they should have won the war. But I’m glad they didn’t. Eleven years later, Yarnell was given command
of the attacking force in an annual exercise to
test the U.S. defenses at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The defenders were certain that he, like all of his predecessors, would launch his attack using
his battleships and cruisers. Instead, he turned to his carriers. Yarnell ordered his cruisers
to remain near San Diego in complete radio silence while his two carriers, the
USS Lexington and USS Saratoga, proceeded to Pearl Harbor
with three destroyer escorts inside a massive rainstorm that hid them from enemy observers and radar. On the morning of Sunday, Feb. 7, 1932, the attacking fleet was in position and Battleship Row was essentially asleep, just like Dec. 7, 1941. And, except for Japan’s
use of modified torpedoes and the size of the respective fleets, the attacks were nearly
mirrors of one another. The fighters took off first, F-4Bs. They launched strafing runs
against the defenders’ fighters, barracks, and other assets,
keeping them from taking off. Behind them, flights of BM-1
dive bombers dropped flares and bags of flour that simulated bombs, destroying every single battleship and many of the other vessels. Like the Japanese, Yarnell attacked from the northeast and, like the Japanese, he
attacked in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. The referees of the exercise declared Yarnell the clear winner, but later reversed their decision when Pearl Harbor admirals
and generals complained that Yarnell acted in an unfair manner. Their complaints included
that Sunday morning was an inappropriate time for an attack. Attacking on a Sunday morning? That’s like attacking on Christmas! Who would do that? ♪
The king of the spot ♪ ♪ Doing my thing ♪ ♪ It’s real good ♪ ♪ And the call me king ♪ ♪
Big bad tricks under my wing ♪ – They also doubted the
capability of their enemy to even pull off that kind of ambush. Sound familiar? It’s kind of like the
time a Marine general war-gamed a fictional Iran
against the US military and won. Check out the video about it. The US military tapped
Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper to lead the Red opposing forces in the most expensive
military exercise in history. Unfortunately for the United States, the Japanese had naval officers at their consulate on Oahu in 1932 who witnessed the exercise and read the press coverage that followed, allowing them to report
on it to their superiors almost 10 years before Japan
launched its own attack. The bulk of the U.S. military
refused to accept the result. In 1941, average sailors and soldiers paid the price for their hubris. But could the 1941 attack
against Pearl Harbor have been prevented anyway? Exhaustive investigations concluded that there were many
factors that contributed to the overwhelming defeat that day. The warnings from the past were ignored. Intelligence was misread or unshared. Assets were spread thin
throughout the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. But mostly, the Americans
underestimated the Japanese, just like in 1932. The architect of the attack,
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, determined that war with
America was inevitable, and also unwinnable. Therefore, Japan must strike
hard enough on the first day to destroy American morale, quote, to such an extent that it could not be recovered. Unquote. Their plan was to lead
the world in exploiting the lethal capabilities
of aircraft carriers. For eleven months, they
prepared in secret, and finally on November 26th, the strike fleet set
out across the Pacific. The next day, the Chief of
Naval Operations in Washington, Harold Stark, sent out a warning
to all U.S. Navy outposts in the Pacific. Intelligence suggested Japanese
action in the Philippines or Southeast Asia. But as the warning didn’t mention Hawaii, U.S. Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, the commander of the Pacific Fleet, failed to predict the imminent threat. The morning of December 7, 1941, two privates reported
an unusually high spike on their early warning oscilloscope and finally decided to
report it to Fort Shafter, but were allegedly told to disregard. There just had never been
such an attack in the history of naval warfare. Japan sent six aircraft carriers with over three hundred and fifty planes. A date that would live in infamy. 19 U.S. ships and over 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. 2,403 Americans were killed and another 1,178 wounded. It would be nearly four
years of brutal war until Japan finally surrendered. (suspenseful music)

42 thoughts on “US Navy Admiral planned Pearl Harbor attack in 1932

  1. This Marine general wargamed a fictional Iran against the U.S. — AND WON! But did they listen to him…?

  2. I am that the British hadn't invented RADAR in 1932 so they couldn't have used it in Hawaii. 🇬🇧😀🇬🇧

  3. GENERAL BILLY MITCHELL prove air attacks on ships could succeed. So when people prove something and everybody say no it could be done, believe it.

  4. I will add something. December 1941. 1. MacArthur had run an annual war game down the Bataan Pen. and was told by his staff that it was not a viable option. No water, no stores. 2. the airplanes were dispersed even though the attack had happened on Pearl Harbor. 3. a plan to attack the Japanese by air on Taiwan (from which the Japanese operated) was rejected. 4. Mac Arthur did not train troops to resist at the beaches and burned his supplies and retreated. 5. For all the build up of how Japanese troops were invincible, the Japanese staff had to hand out cartoon books of how to operate in a landing because they didn't practice!

  5. They had a fair idea that the Japanese had something planned.
    But were a little bit smug about US superiority.
    Happens with the US sometimes.
    The Japanese awoke a sleeping Giant.
    They US did have land based radar but it was very primitive.

  6. Prepare for a chinese attack of epic proportions in the future. You are the last hope of the west. Best wishes from Germany

  7. The US military was not composed of dunces: James Otto Richardson (18 September 1878 – 2 May 1974) was an admiral in the United States Navy who served from 1902 to 1947. As Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CinCUS), he protested against the redeployment of the Pacific portion of the fleet forward to Pearl Harbor, believing that a forward defense was neither practical nor useful, and that the Pacific Fleet would be the logical first target in the event of war with Japan, vulnerable to air and torpedo attacks. He was subsequently relieved of command in February 1941. His concerns were to be proved justified in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor ten months later.

    In addition to the foregoing, when, if ever, you bother to do the research, you will learn that the Japanese fleet was detected heading to Hawaii.

  8. If you believe the official story you’re a moron. Say the Japanese did attack Pearl Harbor, they would have spotted or at least searched heavily for these aircraft carriers they knew we had them. They were being run by skeleton crews oddly enough the day they were conveniently missing. Yeah. Japan destroyed western colonialism in the South Pacific and Asia, and got nuked for their efforts, twice. Their is probably more disinformation about WW2 than anything that’s ever happened in history. We killed more innocents than any war has killed military men period. The eastern front couldn’t even keep up with the allied bombing casualties. But you’ve all been fooled into thinking we were the good guys. Theirs absolutely nothing good about 60-80 million people dying. Especially when the majority are innocents.

  9. So in conclusion Pearl Harbor was a false flag orchestrated by the US and Japan to force the US to enter WW2. Just like The USS Maine, Lusitania, Gulf of Tonkin, incubator babies and 9/11.

  10. I'm starting to think that the attack on Perl Harbor was was allowed to happen by FDR to get America into the war. Strange that no carriers were at Port, just obsolete battle ships that are basically no match against the cheaper air craft that could sink it. I'm pretty sure the govt preformed some kind of mock battle and realized the vulnerability all ships had against air crafts. 🤔

  11. The reason the radar operators were told to disregard the large formation they saw wasn't because no one believed an attack was possible but because a ferry flight of B-17s was due in. And they did arrive, during the attack.

  12. Who cares really anymore?? The japan empire lost the war. You used two A bombs. What if are only useful for very negative outcomes. My favorite what if is what if columbus was killed by the natives instead. No Islands to conquer and no conquisadors like Cortes. No Yankee exterminationof natives after the 4 of july. You lost more men during the civil war then all the 20th wars combined.Get over it.

  13. I like the video, but Pearl Harbor was not the first time a Navy launched carrier based planes to take out a fleet riding anchor at it's main base. November 11, 1940, Royal Navy carrier HMS Illustrious launched an attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto. You would think that this would have gotten our attention, but sadly, still no. But I do really like the channel and video.

  14. How stupid they were to have had enemies at the meeting where they discussed the plan for a perfect attack on America.

  15. So the Pearl Harbor Attack was OUR fault? Well, not directly. But not listening to US RAdm Yarnell, and letting Japanese navy officers "observe" his work does clearly show you what happens when clever intelligence is not heeded, and instead falls into the wrong hands. It's similar to 1912, when Capt Smith was clearly given iceberg warnings on the RMS Titanic voyage and did not give them enough attention. Or the 1980 Xerox executives who didn't listen to their California engineers who designed the mouse and GUI computer system, and instead let Steve Jobs in on their secret. Come on commanders, LISTEN to your intelligence people!!

  16. All this ADM did was to "Follow" the plan that "Billy Mitchell" had summitted to the then NAVY DEPT, back in the 20's

  17. Not bad. Great first half, but you missed a bunch of facts regarding the actual attack.
    Taranto was the first successful attack by carrier aircraft (British vs Italians).
    Many reports made it to FDR's desk prior to the attack, where he either dismissed the individuals or stated he would take care of it. He knew and he actually moved the fleet from California to Pearl not long before the attack.

  18. Billy Mitchell and Admiral Yamamoto, who at the time was a Japanese military attache in the US, used to discuss how to plan an attack on Pearl Harbor while they played poker at the Washington Naval Officer's club.

  19. the british attacked the italian fleet in taranto, italy. The harbor there was like pearl harbor, very shallow. The british fitted wooden boxes around the propellers of the torpedoes to keep the blades safe if they hit bottom. the japanese copied that also. Stupid supremacists in command of the us forces bought their own propoganda and started a war.

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