Pearl Harbor Movie Analysis

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The scene in England where Rafe McCawley is given a Spitfire plane covered in the previous pilot's blood is factual. Equipment and manpower were so scarce in England in the early 1940's that planes would literally be passed on when their pilots were killed without anyone cleaning them. The way the Japanese fleet is depicted as approaching Pearl Harbor is accurate. They really did 'disappear' from US radars and flood the airwaves with references to every possible target in the Pacific, making it impossible for the US to predict where they would attack. As is depicted in the film, a young radar operator did indeed see the massive Japanese approach, but was told not to worry about it as the officer in charge thought it was only a group of B-17 Flying Fortresses returning…show more content…
Sailors really did report feeling torpedoes skim past their legs when they were in the water, as is shown in the film. During the attack, nurses really did mark patients who had received morphine with an M, as well as mark them with a C for critical, and F for fatally wounded. Also, when they ran out of markers, they really did use lipstick. Asian doctors and nurses did find themselves racially abused during and immediately after the attack, with many badly injured soldiers refusing to be treated by them. As is referenced in the film, a third wave of attack planes was planned, an attack which would target the dockyards, maintenance shops, and oil depots, but Admiral Nagumo felt it was too big a risk as the Japanese had lost the element of surprise, and the US Navy and Army were beginning to mobilize. This is accurately portrayed in the film in the already mentioned scene involving Commander Minoru Genda who immediately protested Nagumo's decision. As is briefly seen in the film, Roosevelt really did have a Hitler

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