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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Servicemen's Experiences

Discover the personal experiences of servicemen in the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Canadian Forces.

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Story of the Month: Unit Histories

Dive into the history of battalions and squadrons serving in the Aleutian Islands.

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Attu: The Forgotten Battle

History of the island of Attu with a focus on World War II era efforts, a play by play of the battle of Attu, and post-war history. (pdf)

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Maps of Forcible Removal

In the story of the Aleutians theater during World War II, there is a central theme - people being forcibly removed from their homes.

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The Invasion of Kiska

On June 7, 1942, the Japanese invaded the Aleutian island of Kiska. At its height of occupation 6,800 Japanese personnel were on the island.

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Williwaw Newsletter

April/May/June edition of the Aleutian WWII National Historic Area's quarterly newsletter.

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World War II in Alaska

Discover how war came to Alaska, and use our primary and secondary resources to help your students learn to conduct independent research.

Last updated: August 6, 2020

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