"Where are we? What year is this?" you shout as a young man in uniform races by. The sounds of explosions and droning airplanes fill your ears, and you know that you are in DEEP TROUBLE.
"December 7, 1941! Man, are you crazy? Let's move!"
He shoves you into a crowded shelter, and steers you toward a wall.
"What's going on?" Your terrified voice surprises you.
"Look, this is Pearl Harbor Naval Base," he explains. "I think we're under attack, and that's all I know!!"
He heads for the door after giving you a command to stay put, as you settle back to survey the situation. You learned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in social studies class, but could you actualy be there, at the very beginning of World War II?
After what seems like days, the noises outside gradually come to an end. You cautiously make your way outside, only to see smoke, fire, and utter destruction. People are running everywhere, to put the fires out or just to hide. The wounded lie where they landed, crying of calling for help. You give aid where you can, and then join up with several survivors to find food and shelter.
You learn that ships have been sunk, planes destroyed, and thousands of lives lost. The next day, the official new comes through: 2,400 casualties, 200 planes down, and 18 ships either damaged or sunk. Such losses call for retaliation, of course, and it seems the U. S. is destined to enter the world war.
You recall part of your high school lesson anout Pearl Harbor: "Prior to this, the United States held a policy of isolation concerning the war in Europe. America had it's own problems, mostly the Great Depression. In fact, it was the war in Europe, and the war supplies business that brought the United States out of the Great Depression.
"Adolf Hitler took control of Germany in 1933. Six years later, after an attack on Poland, he formed an alliance with Italy and Japan. These three powers became known as the 'Axis Powers,' while Great Britain, Russia, and eventually the United States became known as the 'Allies.'
"The war in Europe lasted until 1945. The Allies were able to defeat Hitler and capture Berlin following a very successful landing at Normandy, France, known as D-Day. The war in the Pacific lasted another year and was ended by the dropping of two atomic bombs."