The Capture of Attu, first published in 1944, recounts first the history of the westernmost Aleutian Island - Attu - then provides many firsthand stories of the infantrymen fighting in this incredibly harsh and rugged island, against an enemy determined to fight to the last man. In June 1942 Attu and the nearby island of Kiska were invaded by the Japanese. On May 11, 1943, the American effort to retake Attu began in what quickly became an infantry battle: the ever-present fog, rain, and high winds limited airplane use, and the rocky terrain and sodden tundra prevented the use of most mechanized equipment. Fighting was finished by July 4, 1943, and as recounted in the emotional final paragraph of the book: "The battalion was assembled. Major Charles G. Fredericks read the Roll Call of the men who had fallen. Lieutenant Colonel Glen A. Nelson spoke. A sergeant sang My Buddy. And Padre Habetz repeated a prayer. After the volley, the last note of Taps echoed over the mountains. Then it was over. Captain Robert C. Foulston said, "Forward..." but the "march" stuck in his throat. With chins clamped hard and wet eyes blinking, the silent fighting men marched off the field. It had been paid for. Attu was ours." Included are 6 pages of maps and 23 pages of photographs.