• Image of four aviators at leisure, playing cribbage

    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Maps

Wind and waves - the forces of nature dominate the Aleutian Islands. This chain of islands is vast, stretching 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) across the North Pacific. Maps are crucial to not only planning a visit to this far-off place, but also to understanding how geography shaped the stories of this campaign in World War II.

 
north pacific map
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Did You Know?

Photograph of Japanese pilots before the raid on Dutch Harbor, 6 June 1942

When the Japanese invaded the islands of Attu and Kiska in June, 1942, it was the first time that an enemy occupied American soil since the War of 1812.