Raw Archived Footage From The Attack On Pearl Harbor

first published on December 7, 2015 by

The below footage is stock, unedited b-roll from the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941.

On December 7th, 1941 the United States of America was attacked by the Imperial Navy of Japan. At 7:48 AM, 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes, operating from six aircraft carriers, attacked the island of Oahu in two waves. This footage is a small glimpse into that day which will live in infamy.

Note: There is no audio in this video file, as it was pulled out of a national archive. This type of footage is generally used in documentaries with stock explosion noises, and narration. We have decided to give you the raw footage.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, only one US Naval vessel was able to get underway. From 01:32-01:46 of this video, we can see her maneuvering in an attempt to get into the fight. This ship, with it’s false bow wave camouflage pattern, is the USS Nevada (BB-36), and although she did begin her journey out of Battleship Row, she was still struck by one torpedo, and six bombs. This caused the ships crew to beach her in order to salvage the ship.

USS Nevada Pearl Harbor

After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the USS Nevada was repaired and modernized. She then continued on to provide fire support for troops on the ground in places such as: Southern France, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Mainland Japan. At the conclusion of the war, she was deemed to old to be integrated into the post-war fleet. The ship was then decommissioned, and used as a target ship in Atomic testing.

USS Nevada painted in red-orange for the atomic tests.

Pearl Harbor USS Nevada