Battle of the Aleutians

Frank S.

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Japanese invasion of Attu

Tonight my local PBS station has an Independent Lens program on this titled "Red, white, black & blue". Looking for ward to watching this, here's an excerpt:

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/redwhiteblackandblue/film.html

"“The reason you didn’t hear anything—the American government didn’t want the American people to know that the Japanese were on American soil. Attu, of course, being American soil.”
—Bill Jones, World War II veteran

In June 1942, less than a year after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese army invaded the remote Alaskan island of Attu, in preparation for a larger advance into Canada and the lower 48 states. Although thousands of soldiers died in the ensuing battle, the American public was not informed of the attack in fear that widespread panic would occur.

Sixty years later, RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE escorts veterans Bill Jones and Andy Petrus back to the wind-swept terrain of Attu. The 80-something-year-old men confront ghosts from their pasts as they retrace their steps over a former battlefield littered with unexploded bombs, collapsed buildings and crashed airplanes.

Through intimate interviews with Bill and Andy, the film explores what it means to be a soldier then and now. And for Bill, that means continuing the battle—even at the cost of his own peace of mind."
 

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I'm found it here, it's playing on PBS-W at 1AM EST and an hour long. The DVD says it's total play length is 86 mins, the DVD must have some extras on it. I'm going to PVR it and watch it tomorrow.
 

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An excellent article related to this thread is in the current issue of Veritas: The Journal of Army Special Operations History.

It traces Operation COTTAGE: First Special Service Force, Kiska Campaign.
 

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What a find and very interesting. It is similar to the fact that the Japanese got as far south as Melbourne on reconnaissance. This was only brought to light recently. Not really off topic as it discussed the same issue, the closeness an the enemy to the nation. Not three clicks from where I live the Japanese lobbed a couple of rounds from a sub. An old bloke I know had his out-the-back shitter and roof blown off and related the tale.
 

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“The reason you didn’t hear anything—the American government didn’t want the American people to know that the Japanese were on American soil. Attu, of course, being American soil.”
—Bill Jones, World War II veteran

Uhh...was Alaska part of the United States then? Although, I guess it was still North America.
 

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