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War in Hawaiian Water

This photograph of the surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on the US naval, air force, and army bases at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was taken by a Japanese airman. The picture shows torpedoes heading toward Battleship Row with Hickam Field burning in the background. The image captures, in effect, the moment when the United States entered World War II.

The picture was widely distributed as a press photograph by both the Japanese and German governments during the war to celebrate Japanese military power. However, it was not published in the United States until after the war.