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Wake Island

Battle Name : Wake Island

Date(s) : 08 December 1941 - 23 December 1941

Part of : Second World War , Asia and Pacific , Japanese initial offensive , Invasion of the Phillipines ,

Outcome : A victory for Japanese forces over US Naval forces

Type of battle : Land, Sea, Air


This central Pacific atoll was intended as a US Pacific submarine forward base in 1941 but defences were not completed in December when the Japanese attacked. The force held out for more than 2 weeks before succumbing.