Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island

Pacific Alamo The Battle for Wake Island It happened in the shadow of Pearl Harbor mere hours after the first attack on the day that would live in infamy But few know the full story of Wake Island Now a prominent military historian breaking

  • Title: Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island
  • Author: John F. Wukovits
  • ISBN: 9780451212054
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • It happened in the shadow of Pearl Harbor mere hours after the first attack on the day that would live in infamy But few know the full story of Wake Island Now a prominent military historian, breaking new ground on the assault, relates the compelling events of that day and the heroic struggle that followed Thanks to the brave Marines stationed there and the civilian cIt happened in the shadow of Pearl Harbor mere hours after the first attack on the day that would live in infamy But few know the full story of Wake Island Now a prominent military historian, breaking new ground on the assault, relates the compelling events of that day and the heroic struggle that followed Thanks to the brave Marines stationed there and the civilian construction workers who selflessly put their lives on the line to defend the island what was supposed to be an easy victory became a protracted and costly battle for Imperial Japan This is the story of that battle, from survivors on both sides, and with a gallery of historic photos.

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    1. An amazing story. Wake Island, strategically important due to its location - Tokyo was 2,000 miles Northwest, Hawaii 2,000 miles east, and the Philippines 2,800 miles west.449 US Marines had arrived in August 1941. Undermanned and under equipped, they started to fortify the island. 1,146 civilians already on the island worked to build an airfield and facilities. On December 4th (the 5th in Hawaii, on other side of the dateline) 55 Marine aviators arrived.On December 8th (again, the 7th in Hawaii [...]

    2. "The Alamo of the Pacific" was fittingly so called. Civilians, Marines, soldiers and sailors banded together for an unexpected battle that provided the United States with a much needed reprieve after Pearl Harbor, but ultimately ended in their defeat. Civilian construction workers became soldiers overnight, volunteering to man guns and battle foes they knew little about. Wukovits paints a gripping, detailed picture of the carnage of one of the most bloody battles of WWII, and the day-in-day-out [...]

    3. Really good account of what lead up to the incredible feat of the initial defense of Wake Island, just days after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. As with most incidents of military disaster, poor planning and upper brass decisions played a major role in the outcome.Wukovits interviewed many, many survivors, both military(enlisted and officers) and civilian workers who were present on the tiny atoll when Japan decided to make it hers. From the personal accounts, memoirs and well preserved histories, [...]

    4. I approached this book knowing shamefully little about the Wake Island defense- only that the garrison had resisted the Japanese briefly against enormous odds. The author, deftly drawing from veteran accounts on both sides, did an excellent job describing the transition of Wake from a provisioning stop to a military base and then to the site of a heroic military and civilian effort to repel the enemy. A better title for the book might have been "The Saga of Wake Island," for the continuing narra [...]

    5. Wow, I wasn't aware of what went on with Wake. It's amazing what the soldiers and civilians there went through. Those guys were tough hard-asses who really went above and beyond. I keep thinking about the different people and their stories and what they all went through. I thought it was great how the Japanese perspectives were in here too. I definitely recommend it.

    6. A very good book on the battle of Wake Island. It includes the story of the men involved during their heroic stand at Wake. It also tracks how their hopeless situation inspired a nation, in desperate need of good news early in the war. The author draws information from the many survivors that were still alive when the book was written.

    7. In December 1941 the Japanese attacked Wake Island which was an aircraft stopping point on the way to the Philippines. On December 7, 1941, American construction workers and US Marines were beefing up the defenses. Like the Alamo in Texas history, these American forces battled a supeior enemy force while waiting for promised relief.

    8. Great account of the Wake Island fight which was hopeless but gave hope to the people back home at a dark time in early World War II just after Pearl Harbor.

    9. Great recounting of what went on in this little corner of the world, yet was so significant to the events of WWII.

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