The Capture of Attu: A World War II Battle as Told by the Men Who Fought There

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In 1942 Attu, the westernmost island in the Aleutian chain, was home to two Americans and forty-five Aleut hunters and their families. Located one thousand miles from the Alaska mainland and isolated by year-round damp fogs which manage to survive the constant high winds, Attu was called by an early visitor “the lonesomest spot this side of hell.”

In June 1942 Attu and the nearby island of Kiska were invaded by the Japanese in the hopes of accomplishing several goals: ...

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Overview


In 1942 Attu, the westernmost island in the Aleutian chain, was home to two Americans and forty-five Aleut hunters and their families. Located one thousand miles from the Alaska mainland and isolated by year-round damp fogs which manage to survive the constant high winds, Attu was called by an early visitor “the lonesomest spot this side of hell.”

In June 1942 Attu and the nearby island of Kiska were invaded by the Japanese in the hopes of accomplishing several goals: forestalling use of the islands by the Americans, hindering U.S.-Soviet cooperation, and establishing bases for attacks on the American mainland. On 11 May 1943, the U.S. effort to retake Attu began. The struggle was essentially an infantry battle. The ever-present fog, rain, and high wind limited the use of air power, and the craggy terrain made mechanized equipment next to useless. The infantry retook the island foot by foot.

Lieutenant Robert J. Mitchell was one American wounded in the battle. During his convalescence he took down the accounts of the survivors while their memories were fresh. He presents them here in their own immediate, direct, and informal language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803295575
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 549,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author


Gregory J. W. Urwin is a professor of history at Temple University. Among his books are Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island and Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer, both available from the University of Nebraska Press.
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Table of Contents

Map: North Pacific Ocean
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Battle of Attu
Pt. 2 Personal Narratives of Attu
Foreword
I Massacre Valley
II Holtz Bay
III The Battle for Chichagof
IV Counterattack and Cleanup
Finale
Index
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