Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941-1945, by Gregory J.W. Urwin

Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941-1945, by Gregory J.W. Urwin

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Told here for the first time in vivid detail is the story of the defenders of Wake Island following their surrender to the Japanese on December 23, 1941.

Military historian Gregory Urwin spent decades researching what happened and now offers a revealing look at the U.S. Marines, sailors, soldiers, and civilian volunteers in captivity. In addition to exhaustive archival research, he interviewed dozens of POWs and even some of their Japanese captors. He also had access to diaries secretly kept by the prisoners.

This information has allowed Urwin to provide a nuanced look at the Japanese guards and how the Americans survived three-and-a-half years in captivity and emerged with a much lower death rate than most other Allies captured in the Pacific.

 As the first historical work to fully explore the captivity of Wake Island's defenders, the book offers information not found in other World War II histories.