Thousand Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians / Edition 2

Thousand Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians / Edition 2

by Brian Garfield
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University of Alaska Press
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Thousand Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born in 1943. My father was in the Navy and stationed in the Aleutians. A friend recommended I read The Thousand-Mile War. I did not know about the war in Alaska and the Aleutians including Japan's occupation. For me it was the forgotten war and even my mom and dad had not told me much about what happened. This book has opened new discussions with my parents who are both still living. The book has helped me to appreciate the "Greatest Generation" even more than before. The research done to write this book is impressive and yet it reads like a movie script.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Thousand Mile War is a very interesting account of an obscure theater of WWII. For over a year in 1942-43 the US and Japan struggled to control the Aleutian Islands, a possible jump-off point for an invasion of either Alaska or Northern Japan. Although neither side ever launched such an operation, the fighting there was desperate. The elements were more deadly than enemy shells and bullets. Brian Garfield, the author of Death Wish, the inspiration for the Charles Bronson movies, wrote the original book in 1969 and put out this updated edition in 1995. He focuses on both the commanders and the men who fought in the Arctic environment. Because most of the Japanese perished and almost all Japan's military records were destroyed, the focus is on the Americans. Both those interested in military and Alaskan history should find much of interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago