Jim Moran's Wake Island 1941: A battle to make the gods weep (Osprey PDF

By Jim Moran

ISBN-10: 1849086036

ISBN-13: 9781849086035

In the course of Wolrd struggle II (1939-1945), at the similar day that the japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, additionally they introduced air assaults on Wake Island, an American marine and naval base within the Pacific. 3 days later a jap invasion strength stormed the island, yet have been bloodily repulsed by means of the scratch strength of marines, sailors or even carrier group of workers who defended it. regardless of US makes an attempt to alleviate the island, the japanese introduced a miles higher invasion a couple of weeks later and, regardless of gallant resistance, ultimately triggered the USA Forces to give up. This booklet tells the total tale of the vicious struggling with on Wake Island, one of many near-legendary 'last stands' made through US army forces.

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In the event of stiff resistance, Kajioka could call upon the crews of the invasion fleet and land them as “bluejacket” infantry. LEFT A 5in. gun. Six of these were the main defense weapons on Wake. Note the sentry kitted out in obsolete World War I equipment and weaponry. (Author’s collection) RIGHT An aerial view of Wake, taken in December 2009. At the center is the northern leg of Wake proper and at center right is Peale Island. In the distance is the southern leg of Wake proper and Wilkes Island.

Cunningham commenting later that he felt it to be “an unfortunate time to draw the color line”) and successfully took off after several attempts, heading for Midway Island. Over at Camp 2, the CPNAB contractors had suffered 25 dead and many more wounded. Damage control started immediately after the Japanese bombers had departed, with the main priority being the airstrip area. The wounded were transported to the CPNAB hospital at Camp 2, run by Dr Lawton Shank. The 1st Defense Battalion surgeon, Lieutenant Gustave Kahn (MC) USN, joined the doctor along with all available corpsmen.

The first salvo from our guns which hit her was fired at a range of 5,500– 6,000 yards, bearing about 180 to 190. Both shells entered her port side about amidships just above the waterline. The ship immediately belched smoke and steam through the side and her speed diminished. At 7,000 yards two more hit The IJN destroyer Hayate. This ship was fired upon by Battery L and subsequently exploded and sank with no survivors. It was the first Japanese surface craft to be sunk by US Naval forces in World War II.

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