Wake Island

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Wake Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Wake Atoll and an unincorporated territory of the United States. It comprises three separate islets around a central lagoon, and has a total land area of 1,821 acres. It has no indigenous population but has US Army and Air Force garrisons.

The Battle of Wake Island in the Second World War lasted from 8 December 1941 to 23 December 1941, when the US defenders - Marines and Naval personnel supplemented by civilian volunteers - were overwhelmed by greatly superior Japanese forces following a heroic defence.