Facing Fearful Odds - The Siege of Wake Island

By: Bison Books

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Historical Books (Bison Books)

Last Stocked on 10/20/2014

Product Info

Title
Facing Fearful Odds - The Siege of Wake Island
Publisher
Category
Author
Gregory Urwin
Publish Year
2002
Pages
754
Dimensions
6x9x1.5"
Type
Softcover

Description

Although the siege of Wake Island was not one of World War II's biggest campaigns, it had a profound psychological effect on the course of the nation's struggle. This was the battle that first raised American spirits in the dark weeks following Pearl Harbor. For sixteen suspenseful days, 449 U.S. Marines, assisted by a handful of sailors and soldiers and a few hundred civilian construction workers, withstood repeated attacks by numerically superior Japanese forces. Although Wake finally fell on 23 December 1941, its garrison made the Japanese pay an embarrassingly high price for a tiny coral outpost.

Based on interviews with over seventy American and Japanese participants, the riveting, you-are-there narrative pulsates with the crack of rifles, the stutter of machine guns, the roar of cannon, and the concussion of bombs. This is a military history from the bottom up, an unforgettable reading experience told from the perspective of enlisted men and junior officers who served on the front lines.

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