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Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska & the Aleutiansby Brian Garfield
Synopses & Reviews
The Thousand-Mile War, a powerful story of the battles of the United States and Japan on the bitter rim of the North Pacific, has been acclaimed as one of the great accounts of World War II. Brian Garfield, a novelist and screenwriter whose works have sold some 20 million copies, was searching for a new subject when he came upon the story of this "forgotten war" in Alaska. He found the history of the brave men who had served in the Aleutians so compelling and so little known that he wrote the first full-length history of the Aleutian campaign, and the book remains a favorite among Alaskans.
The war in the Aleutians was fought in some of the worst climatic conditions on earth for men, ships, and airplanes. The sea was rough, the islands craggy and unwelcoming, and enemy number one was always the weather--the savage wind, fog, and rain of the Aleutian chain. The fog seemed to reach even into the minds of the military commanders on both sides, as they directed men into situations that so often had tragic results. Frustrating, befuddling, and still the subject of debate, the Aleutian campaign nevertheless marked an important turn of the war in favor of the United States.
Now, half a century after the war ended, more of the fog has been lifted. In the updated University of Alaska Press edition, Garfield supplements his original account, which was drawn from statistics, personal interviews, letters, and diaries, with more recently declassified photographs and many more illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -445) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 1995 Edition
PART ONE Buckner's War
CHAPTER ONE Japan Steams North
CHAPTER TWO "You Will Be Governed by the
Principle of Calculated Risk"
CHAPTER THREE The Battle of Dutch Harbor:
The First Day
CHAPTER FOUR The Battle of Dutch Harbor:
The Second Day
CHAPTER FIVE Buckner's Beehive
CHAPTER SIX "The Airfield Is for Use Either
by Ourselves or by the Enemy,
Whichever Gets There First"
PART TWO Eareckson's War
CHAPTER SEVEN The Forward Blitz
CHAPTER EIGHT Mission to Seek and Destroy
Enemy in Alaska
CHAPTER NINE "When You Could See a Hundred
Feet, That Was a Clear Day"
CHAPTER TEN The Navy's Spring Plowing
CHAPTER ELEVEN Foward to Adak
CHAPTER TWELVE "I had a Sheep-Lined Fur Parka-
And Then I had One to Wear Outdoors"
PART THREE Kinkaid's War
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Kinkaid's Blockade
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Battle of the Komandorskis
CHAPTER FIFTEEN "The Hunger Was Maddening..."
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Operation Landcrab
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Battle of Attu
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Raids on Paramushiro
CHAPTER NINETEEN Battle of the Pips
CHAPTER TWENTY The Invasion of Kiska
Appendix One Further Discussion of the
Appendix Two Further Discussion of the
Battle of the Pips
Bibliographic Addendum 1995
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