Just over 80 years ago, on Dec 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy carried out one of the most audacious and consequential military operations of World War II.
At around 8am, on a sleepy Sunday morning, about 200 Japanese planes descended in waves on the headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. The bombs and bullets unleashed by the Japanese assault damaged or destroyed nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and scores of planes. More than 2,400 American lives were lost. The entire attack lasted less than two hours.