By Bill Sloan
A gripping narrative of remarkable valor and private braveness, this is the tale of the 1st American conflict of global struggle II: the conflict for Wake Island. in response to firsthand debts from long-lost survivors who've emerged to inform approximately it, this stirring story of the "Alamo of the Pacific" will reverberate for generations to come.
On December eight, 1941, simply 5 hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, jap planes attacked a distant U.S. outpost within the westernmost reaches of the Pacific. It used to be the start of a tremendous sixteen-day struggle for Wake Island, a tiny yet strategically helpful dot within the ocean. Unprepared for the beautiful attack, the small battalion was once dangerously outnumbered and outgunned. yet they compensated with a surplus of bravery and perseverance, waging a unprecedented conflict opposed to all odds.
When it used to be over, a couple of hundred American Marines, sailors, and infantrymen, besides a small military of heroic civilian employees, had repulsed enemy forces numerous thousand strong--but it used to be nonetheless no longer adequate. one of the Marines was once twenty-year-old PFC Wiley Sloman. by way of Christmas Day, he lay semiconscious within the sand, struck by means of enemy fireplace. one other day might cross earlier than he was once found--stripped of his rifle and his uniform. stunned to gain he hadn't woke up to victory, Sloman puzzled: Had he been given up for dead--and had the Marines easily given up?
In this riveting account, veteran journalist invoice Sloan re-creates this history-making conflict, the crushing hand over, and the tales of the uncommonly gutsy males who fought it. From the civilians who served as gunmen, medics, or even preachers, to the day-by-day grind of existence on an remoted island--literally on the ends of the earth--to the pain of POW camps, right here we meet our heroes and confront the enemy face-to-face, bayonet to bayonet.
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D ' Company held the front face of the position and had been savagely mauled. Company Headquarters had been hit and the company commander wounded; the Japanese had blasted the forward bunkers with a 75 mm. field gun at a range of 500 yards and had blown away half the forward platoon. O. took over. Reinforcements were called for from Knoll; the battery commander, who had survived by a miracle, worked frantically to restore communications with the guns. By evening standto some sort of order had been imposed.
During the day ' D ' Company marched in, and the Patialas, their task completed, returned to their parent battalion. The view from Ben Nevis was superb. The curves of the T a m u road were exposed to view, almost as far as the Lokchao River. While Ben Nevis was in British hands, a major offensive by the Japanese on the Shenam Heights was virtually impossible. Clearly the Japs would regard its recapture as a high priority. The Battalion prepared to hold what it had won. Trees were cut down and the timber used to build head cover over weapon pits.
They had heavy machine-guns covering the ridge approach and he thought they probably numbered a company. At this moment the Brigadier came up on the air; the 1st/16th were to attack the position and clear the Japanese out forthwith. A troop of a field battery, four guns, would give support; the gunners were limited to firing eighty shells, but, it was generously added, they were prepared to fire them any way that Colonel Newell wanted. A straightforward attack down the ridge would certainly be costly and would most probably fail.