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The Capture of Attu : a World War II battle as told by the men who fought there / by Robert J. Mitchell, with Sewell T. Tyng and Nelson L. Drummond Jr.

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Homer Public Library AK 940.5428 MIT 000149901 Alaskana -- Nonfiction Place on copy / volume Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780359139323
  • Physical Description: vi, 170 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Ship to Shore Books, ©2018.

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General Note:
Originally published: 1st ed. Washington, D.C. : Infantry Journal, 1944.
Prepared by the U.S. War Dept.
Formatted Contents Note:
Battle of Attu: Island of Attu -- Japanese take Attu -- Preliminary operations against Attu -- American preparations for invasion -- Advance on Attu -- Massacre Bay -- Stalemate in Massacre Valley -- Opening of Clevesy Pass -- Landing at Red Beach -- Provisional battalion -- Capture of the Japanese base -- Battle for Chichagof -- Aid from Japan -- Taking of the Fish Hook -- Yamasaki's decision -- Personal narratives of Attu: Battle for Chichagof -- Counterattack and cleanup.
Summary, etc.:
"In June 1942, Japanese soldiers invaded Attu, the western-most island in the Aleutian chain. Located one thousand miles from the Alaska mainland and isolated by year-round fog, frequent snow, icy rain, and constant high winds, Attu was called by an early visitor "the lonesomest spot this side of hell.""
"Attu was invaded by the Japanese in the hopes of accomplishing several goals: preventing 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 ever present fog, rain, and high wind limited the use of air power, and the soggy terrain made mechanized equipment next to useless. The U.S. infantry, unsuitably clothed in apparel neither warm enough nor waterproof enough, retook the island foot by miserable foot in two and a half weeks."
"Lieutenant Robert J. Mitchell, one of the American wounded, took down the accounts of the survivors while their memories were fresh. The terror and extreme discomfort they experienced are evident as they relate incidents of friendly fire and surprise enemy counterattacks and describe days spent standing in frigid water."--Jacket.
Subject: Attu, Battle of (Alaska : 1943)
Attu, Battle of, Alaska, 1943 > Personal narratives, American.
Attu (Aleuten) > Invasion (1943)
Genre: Personal narratives.
Personal narratives > American.
Personal narratives.