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Hi Hoppy

I have read the second article you mention and it summarizes all the battle in these few lines:

"Before dawn on 23 December, the second Japanese attack went in. The two destroyers ran aground, and although one was destroyed by gunfire, by dawn 1,000 Japanese soldiers had landed. They quickly occupied the southern wing of the island, capturing the now-useless airfield. The situation was clearly hopeless. The marine commander, Major James Devereux, was now isolated on the northern part of Wake Island, and outnumbered by at least two to one (probably by more). With no hope of victory, Cunningham was forced to surrender."

That was more or less the overall idea I had about this event (an easy and quick Japanese victory in the early stage of the war), but after reading Sloan's book, an exhaustive work of research, you can have a more solid vision on the events occurred from 8th to 23 th december 1941. Perhaps his book is not "official history", but in my opinion is a good approach to all the faces of the episode, including the Japanese point of view.

Regards,
TL

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Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 928 Titus Livius 02-Apr-11 12:19
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 393 Avatar 02-Apr-11 14:49
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 380 Hoppy 02-Apr-11 15:17
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 273 Titus Livius 02-Apr-11 16:40
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 365 Eddie Larry 02-Apr-11 15:18
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 292 Titus Livius 02-Apr-11 16:22
Re: Japan - missed opportunities 383 Thunderbird 03-Apr-11 04:53
Re: Japan - missed opportunities 318 Titus Livius 03-Apr-11 09:38
Re: Japan - missed opportunities 260 Thunderbird 04-Apr-11 04:32
Re: Japan - missed opportunities 295 Titus Livius 04-Apr-11 08:43
A few final thoughts 289 Titus Livius 05-Apr-11 10:54
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 572 Pete Vanderzwet 05-Apr-11 14:26


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