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Hi T-bird

After reviewing all the information, I wonder why the US government didn't make all the efforts to save Wake, since it had the opportunity to do so, despite the distance and lack of means; in fact it was the closest American base to Japan and it could have been very useful from a strategic point of view.

However, it gave the opportunity to encourage the US citizens with a story full of bravery and sacrifice. I think Hollywood made a movie on the battle in 1942, just a few months after the real facts. In that time it was supposed that the resistence had been extreme, until the last man and the last bullet, with no survivors. But the truth was different: they surrendered when they still had a chance to resist for one or two days, time enough for the US fleet to arrive. This said, we assume that the Japanese would have conquered the island sooner or later, using all their available force.

I think the main problem was the pre-war attitude of US politicians. They knew that the war against Japan was almost unavoidable, but the US were not prepared for the coming conflict. Wake was just reinforced a month before the invasion with a reasonable force, but it was not enough to face a great attack, as eventually happened. Now I remember the conspiracy theories about Pearl Harbor: the Government already knew the japanese plans and did nothing to prevent the disaster; it was the best way to enter the war and involve emotionally the US population in this entrepise, beating the opinion to keep US out of the conflict.

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 364 Eddie Larry 02-Apr-11 15:18
Re: Battle of Wake, 1941: an alternative history episode 291 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 294 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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