Earl Hinz  Wake Island

"The military engineering of the Japanese was suberb as invading Allied were to find out here and on other islands."

After the Japanese captured Wake in late December 1941(only the center islet is properly called Wake Island), they immediately began to fortify all three islets with bunkers, command posts, pill boxes, block houses, magazines, and trenches.

For coastal artillery, they installed a variety of guns, some in twin mounts that had been intended for ships. The military engineering of the Japanese was suberb as invading Allied were to find out here and on other islands.

 

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