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Third Battle of Wake Island
Uss new mexico bb

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Beginning:

February 26
1942

End:

February 26
1942

Location:

Off Wake Island

Outcome:

Japanese Victory

Combatants

Empire of Japan

United States

Commanders

Hideo Yano

Sean Borrow

Strength

2 Battleships
1 Heavy Cruiser
1 Light Cruiser
4 Destroyers

1 Battleship
5 Destroyers
numerous transports

Casualties

None

1 Battleship, 1 Destroyer, 3 transports sunk

  

Wake island had already been a hotly contested piece of sand and coral and this is where the battle took a turn against the United States. After repulsing a mid December invasion attempted the Island was lost on Christmas eve after the Americans had to weathered nearly a month of air raids. The recapture by the Americans led to an attack by a large Japanese bombardment surface force.

The Japanese were able to bombard the islands recently arrived defenders.


Japanese Ships

Battleships IJN Nagato,IJN Yamashiro. Heavy Cruiser IJN Furutaka. Light Cruiser IJN Abukuma and 4 Destroyers


Allied Ships

Battleships USS New Mexico and 5 Destroyers

http://lparchive.org/War-in-the-Pacific/Update%2082/

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