A Magnificent Fight

The Battle for Wake Island
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Published:September 15, 2013
By Robert J. Cressman (Author)

Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese land-based bombers pounded Wake Island, the American advanced base that was key to the U.S. Navy’s strategy in the Pacific. Throughout the next two weeks, the Wake Island garrison survived nearly daily bombings and repulsed the first Japanese attempt to take the atoll. The determined defenders provided a badly needed lift to American morale. Cressman was the first to make extensive use of Japanese materials to identify the enemy order of battle and the roles each unit played in the drama to provide a moving account of the heroism of the defenders in the face if tremendous odds.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 344 pages
  • Illustrations: 69 b/w photos; 7 line drawings; 9 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1591141753
  • ISBN-13: 9781591141754
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 16 oz

Naval historian Robert J. Cressman lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. His The Official Chronology of the United States Navy in World War II received a John Lyman Book Award (1999) and his body of work on U.S. naval aviation history was recognized by the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award (2008).

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