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Aleutian Island Campaign

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Writers note:
In the paper I’ve written, there are derogatory terms in regards to people of Japanese descent or look like they were of Japanese descent. These terms “nip,” “jap,” “apes,” and “japes” do not reflect how I feel towards the Japanese people. The use of these terms helps to portray the US mindset during WWII. My beliefs are that every person is made equal and that man is not at war with each other but that nations are in a constant war over power and they use man as their tool as a surgeon uses a scalpel.

Aleutian Island Campaign
In June of 1942, the Battle of Midway began, Dwight Eisenhower was appointed to commander of the US troops in Europe. Unknown to most people, Japan was launching an attack on the little archipelago in Alaska called the Aleutian Islands. This campaign began on the third of June on the small islands of Attu and Kiska which are the second and third islands from the end of the Aleutian Islands. At the beginning of this campaign, it became very apparent that it would be a very difficult campaign. The battle field was pretty even though the Japanese had fortification and had time to dig in, but the Americans had them on numbers the, 144,000 troops (5300 were Canadian) to their 8,400 troops. The objective for this raid on American soil was there was no major city or any major recourse to lose. Perhaps it was an ego thing to be able to say that they had a foothold in the Americas. The Japanese said that it was the easiest place to get a foothold into the Americas and then the plan was to attack Alaska and move onto British Columbia and America. "It was so dang cold up there,"

-Edwin Trebian
On the morning of June third, 1942, nearly six months after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched a surprise bombing of Dutch Harbor and Unalaska Island. This attack did little damage because of bad weather plus the unreliableness of the bombers. On June 7th, the Japanese led a landing on to Kiska Island and met little resistance, taking...