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Product Details

  • Series: Campaign (Book 144)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849086036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849086035
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Moran has written extensively on the uniforms, equipment and history of the United States Marine Corps. He is an enthusiastic collector of Marine Corps memorabilia and a member of the 2d Marine Division Association. When his is not accompanying USMC veterans on trips to the battlefields of WWII, Jim lives with his family in South Yorkshire.
Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group until reassigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70. A highly respected and established author, Gordon is now a civilian contract Special Operations Forces Intelligence Specialist at the Army's Joint Readiness Center, Ft Polk.

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Bottom line: This book is concise, interesting, and very well written.
Mike Dillemuth
The first map shows the Western Pacific followed by the Wake Island sector where you can study tracks of the Japanese ships as well as the American relief task forces.
Dave Schranck
While it is an easy read it will leave you wanting more and there is plenty of information out there to find it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schranck on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
In the introduction Wake Island, a V shaped island due west of Pearl, and its neighbors Peale and Wilkes Islands are topographically described as well as its history of the last two hundred years. It also describes the USN's involvement on the atoll since the 1930s. These early pages will set the stage for the US defensive preparation for the expected war with Japan, the invasion, occupation and the eventual Japanese surrender in September 1945. A further preliminary discussion is made of the pros and cons of keeping Wake Island as a forward military outpost in the central Pacific as well as the growing utility as a commercial / military stopover for air traffic going to China and the Philippines.
Following this introduction, a three page chronology allows the reader to study the key events before actually reading the battle campaign.

The next three chapters - Opposing Commanders, Forces and Plans- consume 20 pages. It may not sound like a lot but it was adequate to cover this desperate but relatively small battle (compared to Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Peleliu).
The Japanese commanders were Adm Shigeyoshi Inoue and Rear Adm Sadamichi Kajioka. The career profiles of these two officers was quite good. On the American side Adm Kimmel, Vice Adm Pye, Cdr Cunningham, Maj Devereux and Maj Putnam. In the campaign section the bravery and deeds of other men will be discussed as well. The command controversy between Cunningham and Devereux will also be covered. FDR is mentioned later in the book. Throughout the book a lot of information is given about the men.

Opposing Forces details the American garrison of around 400 men and the larger Japanese inter-service invasion forces. It also describes the small arsenal the Americans had to repulse the land, sea and air contingents.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Japanese efforts to subdue the tiny American garrison on Wake Island in the central Pacific in December 1941 is generally regarded as one of the few bright spots on the Allied ledger for the opening months of the Pacific War. American propagandists, desperate for any bit of good news after the Pearl Harbor disaster and bad news from the Philippines, were quick to focus on the U.S. Marine defenders on Wake who repulsed the initial Japanese attempt to seize the island. In Osprey's Wake Island 1941, author Jim Moran shows that the reality was a bit different. The siege of Wake lasted barely two weeks and other than the successful defense against the first invasion attempt on 11 December, most of the rest of the siege was pretty bleak for the defenders. Furthermore, Moran details that the island was actually under US Navy command and that there was a small US Army presence on the island as well. While Moran relies primarily on official US records for his narrative, the real selling point of this volume is the numerous current color photos of Wake taken by the author during a visit to the island in 2009. These photos, ranging from old bunkers and artillery pieces to the invasion area and monuments, add an interesting `After the Battle' feel to the volume. Overall, the author provides a dramatic, first-person kind of narrative that many readers should appreciate, although it is a bit weak on analysis.

In the standard introductory sections, the author lays out the strategic setting that led to the Wake Island campaign, the opposing leaders, forces and plans. Even though the US Hepburn Board had provided $7.5 million in 1938 to build an airbase on Wake, the US military did not actually take action to deploy U.S. Marines to the island until August 1941.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MammaGiulia on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book covers an obscure battle at the beginning of the war in the Pacific over a small Atoll in the Central Pacific that itself has become forgotten and nearly abandoned. The author details the geographical background of the location as well as as a short bio of its personalities and a discussion of its order of battle. Then, in chronological order it goes on to describe the events of the engagements, bombardments, conquest and ultimate fate of the combatants.

What is interesting is that writing a book on the topic would be very difficult without a person having visited the island itself, and the island cannot be visited without special permission which is usually only granted to specialized WW-2 tours. Kudos on the photographs that the reader will appreciate to breathe life into his story, using explanations of formations of Japanese bombers like "this is what the ground forces might have seen". Also noteworthy are the author's own photographs of memorials, panoramas, and various buildings or sights on the modern day island (at least as of his trip in 2009 AD). Deserving of praise is the discussion of the chain of command, the complexity of the composition of the islands defenders that spanned Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force as well as many civilians. This spawned controversies after the war of who was involved, and who deserved and eventually won medals, which many of the non Marine Corps combatants were actually overlooked and never go the credit they deserved.

There are other books that are more detailed and exhaustively descriptive of the topic. Any grognard or history buff will have their shelves literally brimming with such tomes. The beauty of the Osprey type books is their simplicity and ease of reading.
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