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The Defense of Wake

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The Defense of Wake

  • by Lt. Col. R. D. Heinl Jr., USMC
    • Merriam Press World War 2 History Series
      • 188 6x9-inch pages
      • 22 photos
      • 1 illustration
      • 2 charts
      • 3 tables
      • 9 appendices

This, the first official account of the battle for Wake Island in December 1941, was originally published in 1947 and still remains one of the best historical treatises published on the amazing defense of a thoroughly outnumbered garrison against superior Japanese forces.

     Coverage includes the pre-war construction of the island’s defenses, the first enemy strikes, the later attacks, and the fall of Wake, this work is further accompanied by several appendices that cover the island’s history from 1586, U.S. and Japanese casualties, chronology, command structures and organization, terrain and hydrography, the Presidential citation, and the 1945 surrender of Wake by the Japanese to U.S. forces.



  • Foreword

  • Preface

  • Wake in the Shadow of War

  • The Enemy Strikes

  • Enemy Attacks Through 22 December

  • The Fall of Wake

  • Conclusions

  • Appendices
    • Documentation and Bibliography
    • Prewar History of Wake, 1586-1941

    • United States and Japanese Casualties

    • Wake Chronology

    • United States and Japanese Task Organization and Command Structure

    • The Surrender of Wake by the Japanese

    • Terrain and Hydrography

    • Command Staff, Marine Detachment, Wake

    • Citation

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