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The Story Of The Only U.S. Territory Held By Axis Powers During All Of World War II (1987, Color, 49 Minutes) Plus Two Bonus Features: Director John Huston's Oscar Nominated And New York Film Critics Special Award Winning Film "Report From The Aleutians" (Color, 1943, 44 Minutes); And "The Twentieth Century With Walter Cronkite" TV Documentary Series Episode "The Frozen War: The Battle of the Aleutians" (B/W, 1956, 23 Minutes), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #AleutianIslandsCampaign #ForgottenBattle #TheForgottenBattle #TerritoryOfAlaska #AleutianIslands #BattleOfAttu #OperationLandcrab #Attu #BattleOfKiska #OperationCottage #Kiska #BattleOfDutchHarbor #UnalaskaIsland #DutchHarbor #kakujiKakuta #JapaneseAircraftCarrierRyujo #Ryujo #JapaneseAircraftCarrierJunyo #Junyo #AircraftCarriers #NavalAviation #NavalAviationWWII #AleutianIslandsCampaign #PacificWar #AsiaPacificWar #AsiaticPacificTheater #Alaska #AlaskaWWII #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #VideoDownload #USBFlashDrive
The Aleutian Islands Campaign (June 3, 1942 - August 15, 1943) was a military campaign conducted by the United States and Japan in the Aleutian Islands, part of the Territory of Alaska, in both the American Theater and the Pacific Theater of World War II. In the only two invasions of the United States during the war, a small Japanese force occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska, where the remoteness of the islands and the challenges of weather and terrain delayed a larger American-Canadian force sent to eject them for nearly a year. The islands' strategic value was their ability to control Pacific transportation routes and so US General Billy Mitchell stated to the U.S. Congress in 1935, "I believe that in the future, whoever holds Alaska will hold the world. I think it is the most important strategic place in the world." The Japanese reasoned that control of the Aleutians would prevent a possible US attack across the Northern Pacific. Similarly, the US feared that the islands would be used as bases from which to carry out a full-scale aerial attack on US West Coast cities like Anchorage, Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. A battle to reclaim Attu was launched on May 11, 1943 and completed after a final Japanese banzai charge on May 29. On August 15, 1943, an invasion force landed on Kiska in the wake of a sustained three-week barrage, only to discover that the Japanese had withdrawn from the island on July 29. The campaign is known as the "Forgotten Battle" because it has been overshadowed by other events in the war. (August 7 1942 - February 9 1943). Military historians often believe that the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians was a diversionary or feint attack during the Battle of Midway that was meant to draw out the US Pacific Fleet from Midway Atoll, as it was launched simultaneously under the same commander, Isoroku Yamamoto. Some historians have argued against that interpretation and believe that the Japanese invaded the Aleutians to protect their northern flank and did not intend it as a diversion.