For What its worth, I have never seen any models of the U.S. Navy's
6"-51 Cal or the 3"-50 Cal. A.A. guns per se. I have seen small scale
castings ( 1/350 or 1/192) meant to be used as detail parts for ship
models of those scales.
The 6"-51 cal. was standard secondary battery armament for many W.W.I
period battleships and the 3" -50 Cal A.A. was a standard Navy AA gun of
the late 20's-early 30's. Both were used on ground mounts by the Marines
at Wake and a number of other places.
What was the real surprise, of the HX Channel's show
on the battle for Wake Island, was the fact so many of
those jarheads lived to see the end of the war. The
Japanese just made the classic tactical blunder of under
estimating an enemy whose backs were to the sea, and
who were at that time, one of the better trained and
dedicated members of their opponent's military. Still I
thought the title 'Alamo of the Pacific' wasn't correct
as the majority of the garrison survived the battle and
later the war.
There are two parts to this thread. First, there is some comment about the
shore batteries. If you are doping a small diorama I would recommend
Raventhorpe miniatures available from RLBPS. They sell a very nice assortment
of period US Marines along with a three inch gun and crew.
The second part of the statement is best quoted from Mike Keown:
Mike is totally correct. In fact, my research into the battle indicates that
Wake was to have been much more heavily fortified andequipped with at least two
more squadrons of Marine fighters as well as land based bombers. It was bait to
lure the Japanese closer to the Hawaiian Islands to fight a major naval battle
with a full strength US Navy.
The Defense Battalion was at half strength at this point and did not have
enough riflemen to support the heavy weapon positions. The fact that the US
tried, in vain, to reinforce and resupply the garrison indicates that it was
not looked upon an "Alamo" but as a point of frontline resistance that ought to
be supported. The US simply did not have the resources in the aftermath of
Pearl Harbor to make the resupply work. It would have been interesting to see
what might have happened if the Saratoga reinforcing convoy had been
successful, or alternatively, the US Marines on Guam had been used to bolster
We have done Wake Island several times as a war game and it has always played
outvery closely to the historical outcome.
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