Battle for the Aleutians

During World War II the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangax̂ (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a fiercely contested battleground in the Pacific. This thousand-mile-long archipelago saw invasion by Japanese forces, the occupation of two islands; a mass relocation of Unangax̂ civilians; a 15-month air war; and one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific Theater. Read More

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Unangax̂ Interviews

When WWII broke out the Unangax̂ and Aleut people were caught in the crosshairs. Many were relocated. Learn more through these interviews.

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Aleutian Servicemen

The pilots, sailors, and soldiers of the Aleutian Campaign went out into the treacherous Aleutian waters and skies. Discover their stories.

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NEW! Visitor Center Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Aleutian Islands World War II National Historic Area Visitor Center. Works best with a touch pad style mouse.

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The Lost Villages

Biorka, Kashega, and Makushin, three villages surviving centuries of change only to disappear during World War II.

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Story of the Month: Silent Sentinels

On the Kiska Battlefield evidence of war is ever present--ranging from roads and buildings, to bomb craters and remnants of Japanese guns.

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Williwaw Newsletter: Holiday Edition

NEW EDITION: The Holiday Edition of the Aleutian WWII National Historic Area's quarterly newsletter.

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NEW! Virtual Tour of Ft. Schwatka

Take a virtual tour of Fort Schwatka and Battery 402. Link goes to YouTube video produced by NPS and Ounalashka Corporation.

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Bombing of Dutch Harbor

Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese aircraft struck at U.S. Army and Navy installations at Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island.

Last updated: January 9, 2021

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