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War with Japan

December 8, 1941. House of Commons, London.

Churchill was at the Prime Minister’s country residence of Chequers with the American Ambassador, John Winant, and the President’s personal representative, Averell Harriman, when news came over the radio of the Japanese attack on the American Fleet at Pearl Harbour. Churchill immediately called the President to seek confirmation and, on 8 December, Britain declared war on Japan, three days later, Germany declared war on the United States.

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