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Kiska: The Japanese Occupation of an Alaska Island

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Alaskaand#8217;s windswept Aleutian Island chain arcs for over a thousand miles toward Asia from the Alaska Peninsula. In this remote and hostile archipelago is Kiska Island, an uninhabited sub-arctic speck in the tempestuous Bering Sea. Few have the opportunity even to visit this island, but in June of 1942 Japanese troops seized Kiska and neighboring Attu in the only occupation of North American territory since the War of 1812.

The bastion of Japanand#8217;s possessions in Alaska, Kiska was soon fortified with 7,500 enemy troops, their equipment, and a labyrinth of tunnels. For thirteen months Japanese troops withstood constant bombardment from American forces while retaining a tenuous hold on the island. Finally forced to abandon their position, the Japanese occupiers evacuated without their equipment and personal effects, leaving behind a trail of artifacts.

Brendan Coyle spent fifty-one days on the island searching out the tunnels, the equipment, and the objects, all frozen in time. Kiska brings together the images Coyle amassed during his exploration and his archival research. Accompanying explanations put the images in historical perspective, opening a window on a little-known battlefield and shining a rare light on a shadowy occupation.

About the Author

Brendan Coyle has worked his way through the marine industry from deckhand to shipyard project management. His fascination with maritime history led him to discover two historically significant West Coast shipwrecks. He lives in Richmond, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Foreword

The Lonely Island

Qisxa

The Rising Sun

December 7, 1941: A Clash of Titans

War Comes to Alaska

Invasion of the Aleutians

The Enemy on Kiska

32313, the Ghost of Kiska

The Tedium

Buildings and Bunkers: Life on Kiska

Bastion Kiska

Shipwrecks of the Nippon

The Gods have Forsaken Kiska

An Enemy Vanished

Journeyand#8217;s End

Acknowledgements

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781602232372
Author:
Coyle, Brendan
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
250 color plates, 80 halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in

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History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
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