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

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Robert J. Mitchell, Sewell Tappan Tyng, Nelson L. Drummond
U of Nebraska Press, 2000 - 144 ページ
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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: 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. 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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The Advance on Attu
5
Stalemate in Massacre Valley
9
The Provisional Battalion
15
Conclusion
23
The Attack on Cold Mountain from Jarmin Pass Staff Sergeant
43
The Taking of Point Able2 Private Anthony G Simonic
51
Crossing the Ridge to Holtz Bay Staff Sergeant William B Pack
57
Lost Opportunity Lieutenant Joseph A Gray
64
Mortar Accident Sergeant Charles N Taggart
84
Platoon Action Lieutenant Eugene M Reagan
90
COUNTERATTACK AND CLEANUP
102
The Story of a Clearing Station Captain George S Buehler
108
The Story of a Supply Dump Private First Class Thomas Allen Sexton
116
Rear Clearing Station Captain Lawrence L Hick
122
Mopping Up Private First Class Antonio Aguilar
128
Notches on the Rifle Corporal William E Smith
134

Over the Hill Corporal Dan H Manges
72
OneMan Army Lieutenant Winfield Harvey Mapes
78
Index
140
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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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