General Marshall Appears Before Pearl Harbor Committee

Author:  Universal Newsreel

Subject: World War II, Postwar

Sound; black & white; 28 min. General Marshall testifies before the Congressional Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 6 and 7, 1945. Marshall reports that he did not foresee that Japan would risk sending forces so far from home to stage an attack on Pearl Harbor. “My thinking, as nearly as I can recreate it now, was that the hazard of coming in there, with the sizable naval force, was so great, in my opinion, that they would not risk it, but would rather proceed on a more conservative basis of actual operations to the southward, to the China Sea, toward Malaysia,” says Marshall. “As it was, they went without regard to any fears, and went out on the end of the plank through all of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the New Guinea district.” “The first consideration at that time in the matter of preparation was in relation to the Philippines, which up until April 1941 had literally nothing in terms of numbers and equipment,” Marshall states. “As early as February we had taken the women and children out.”

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Location: Vault
Call No. 45.12.06 TAPE 10
Language: english