I tried to capture the mood of the country after Pearl Harbor in my book "The Old Man on the Bench".....based on numerous discussions I have had with people who experienced it. As for the surprise factor.......I don't know if it was an intelligence failure, or a failure to believe the intelligence they got. I get the feeling it was unbelievable to most at that time, that the Japanese would launch a full scale attack against our Navy. The correctness of whatever intelligence they received was probably questioned. We were too big and powerful to be attacked like that......complacency may have been our biggest weakness, and the Japanese exploited it. At any rate......every American stepped up and did whatever they could to make sure the ultimate victory would belong to us. Greatest Generation? The name fits.....
Recall seeing a few articles that suggest the info was there, just not processed. In todays world of instant communication around the world it's hard to realize that back then it took weeks or months to process intelligence information......or any information for that matter.
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