The shock of Pearl Harbor

The Japanese bombing of the US naval base in Pearl Harbor 75 years ago sent a seismic shock around the world. Nicholas Best charts how stunned onlookers across the planet – from Dirk Bogarde to Adolf Hitler to Mao Zedong – reacted to the news

The USS Arizona burning in Pearl Harbor following the Japanese attack. To the left of her are USS Tennessee and the sunken USS West Virginia. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the Christmas 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine.

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