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.
|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|