Originally Posted by Dave in St. Louis
What if Admiral Kimmel stays on until Admiral Nimitz shows up on December 31, 1941?
The reason I ask is Vice Admiral Pye was considered overly cautious and cancelled the attempt by USS Saratoga to relive Wake that Kimmel had set in motion. If Kimmel stays, that operation is more likely to go forward.
Wkae would held out till at least the end of Feburary now, if the Sara and the relieve group made it to Wake before Dec 20. Maybe a small naval battle happens if the Sara is in the area on the 22/23, and sinking a few more destroyers and/or a light curiser or two.
If they could keep Wake supply till the end of 42 it would be out of danage of falling to the Japanese, after a Midway type battle happens there. In the lng run Wake helps with US morale in the early days of the war where everything was so black. It will also be turn into a submarine and air field stopping point for the rest of the war.