51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign

51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign

Jacob Miller - August 2, 2017

51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Nurses fishing, Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Campaign, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A Seabee strings wire for communications on the island of Adak, Aleutian Campaign, Alaska, 1943
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
American troops are carted by tractor to the movies from an isolated camp in Massacre Valley, Attu Island, Aleutian Campaign, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A P-38 Lightning above the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Image
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
The rocky peaks of Attu Island, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, WWII, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A docked submarine, Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, WWII, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
American troops, Aleutian Islands, WWII, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Aleutian Islands Campaign, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A bunker on Kiska Island, Aleutian Campaign, World War II, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
On the island of Kiska, men build fires near wrecked equipment and cook their meals, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Resting on a downed plane, Aleutian Islands Campaign, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
USS Pruitt leads landing craft from USS Heywood toward their landing beaches in Massacre Bay, Attu, on the first day of the May 11, 1943, invasion of Attu. Pruitt used her radar and searchlight to guide the boats nine miles through the fog. The searchlight beam is faintly visible pointing aft from atop her pilothouse. Some 15,000 American and Canadian troops successfully landed on the island. U.S. Navy
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Landing boats pouring soldiers and their equipment onto the beach at Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska. This is the southern landing force on May 11, 1943. The American and Canadian troops took control of Attu within two weeks, after fierce fighting with the Japanese occupying forces. Of the allied troops, 549 were killed and 1,148 wounded — of the Japanese troops, only 29 men survived. U.S. burial teams counted 2,351 Japanese dead and presumed hundreds more were unaccounted for. The Atlantic
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A train of bombs drops from United States Army Air forces plane on territory in the Aleutians held by the Japanese in 1943. The Atlantic
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Bombs dropped from a U.S. bomber detonate on Japanese-occupied Kiska Island, Alaska, on August 10, 1943. USAF
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Dozens of bombs fall from a U.S. bomber toward Japanese-occupied Kiska Island, Alaska, on August 10, 1943. Note the craters from previous bombing runs and the zig-zag trenches dug by the Japanese. USAF
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Japanese ship aground in Kiska Harbor, on September 18, 1943. U.S. Navy
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
An American soldier leans against a wall in the captured Japanese headquarters on Kiska Island, beside graffiti caricatures of FDR and Churchill, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
The remains of a Japanese soldier, Aleutian Islands Campaign, Alaska, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A heavily damaged midget submarine base constructed by occupying Japanese forces on Kiska Island, photo taken sometime in 1943, after Allied forces retook the island. The Atlantic
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
A Canadian member of the joint American-Canadian landing force squints down the sights of a Japanese machine gun found in a trench on Kiska Island, Alaska, on August 16, 1943. After the brutal fighting in the battle to retake Attu Island, U.S. and Canadian forces were prepared for even more of a fight on Kiska. Unknown to the Allies though, the Japanese had evacuated all their troops two weeks earlier. Although the invasion was unopposed, 32 soldiers were killed in friendly-fire incidents, four more by booby traps, and a further 191 were listed as Missing in Action. The Atlantic
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Attu Island, Japanese Cemetery. Aleutian Campaign, World War II, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Little Falls American Cemetary. Attu Island, Aleutian Campaign, World War II, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images
51 Photographs from the WWII Aleutian Islands Campaign
Grave marker, Aleutian Islands, 1943. Dmitri Kessel—Time & Life Pictures: Getty Images

 

Sources For Further Reading:

The National WWII Museum – The Pacific Strategy, 1941-1944

The New York Times – Officer Who Broke Japanese War Codes Gets Belated Honor

The New York Times – Capt. Eric Nave, 94; Broke Japan’s Code Before Pearl Harbor

History Channel – How Codebreakers Helped Secure U.S. Victory in the Battle of Midway

Chicago Tribune – 1942 Tribune Story Implied Americans Cracked Japanese Code. Documents Show Why Reporter Not Indicted

The National WWII Museum – The Battle of the Komandorski Islands

WWII Database – Growler Ship

Brendan Coyle – Kiska: The Japanese Occupation of an Alaska Island

Business Insider – 75 Years Ago, US Troops Threw The Japanese Off North American Soil In A Frigid, ‘Forgotten’ World War II Battle

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