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United States Navy
Combat Narrative

The Aleutians Campaign
June 1942--August 1943

 

NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON
1993

 


Contents

Forward to the NHC Edition

Preface

Forward

Introduction (pages: 1-4)

  • The Geographical Factor
  • Terrain
  • Weather

The Attack on Dutch Harbor, June 1942 (pages: 4-17)

  • Preparations
  • Dutch Harbor Bombed, 3 and 4 June

Enemy Occupation of Attu and Kiska (pages: 17-20)

"Strong Attrition"--Kiska Bombarded (pages: 20-26)

  • The Approach
  • The Bombardment

Occupation of Adak, 30 August 1942 (pages: 26-28)

From Adak to Amchitka, September 1942--January 1943 (pages: 28-30)

Occupation of Amchitka, 12 January 1943 (page: 31)

First Bombardment of Attu, 18 February 1943 (pages: 32-33)

Destruction of Enemy Ammunition Ship, 19 February 1943 (pages: 33-35)

The Battle of the Komandorskis, 26 March 1943 (pages: 35-75)

  • Introduction
  • Events Preceding the Action
  • Preliminary Movements of the Battle
  • Action is Joined
  • "Stand By to Lay Smoke"
  • "Execute Torpedo Attack"
  • The Retirement
  • Observations
  • Conclusions
  • Summary of Ammunition Expended

Second Bombardment of Attu, 26 April 1943 (pages: 76-77)

The Invasion of Attu, May 1943 (pages: 78-116)

  • Planning and Training
  • Tactical Plan
  • The Approach
  • Northern Landings
  • Southern Landings
  • Events of 12 May
  • Events of 13 May
  • Events of 14 May
  • Events of 15 May
  • Events of 16 May
  • Events of 17-18 May
  • Attack on Phelps and Charleston, 22 May
  • Airfields on Attu and Shemya Established
  • Note of the Effect of Naval Gunfire; Air Operations
  • Note of Rations Supplied by Transports

Softening up Kiska (pages: 117-122)

  • Bombardment of 6 July
  • Bombardment of 22 July
  • Radar Contacts of 25-26 July
  • Bombardment of 2 August
  • Bombardment of 12 August

The Invasion of Kiska, 15 August 1943 (pages: 123-128)

  • Plans for the Assault
  • Execution of the Plan
  • Evacuation of Kiska by the Japanese
  • Conclusion

Appendix A: Task Organization for the Assault on Kiska (pages: 129-130)

Appendix B: Symbols of U.S. Navy Ships (pages: 131-132)


Charts and Illustrations


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

The Aleutians Campaign, June 1942-August 1943.

     p. cm. -- (Combat Narratives, no. 1)
    Originally published: Washington: Publications Branch,
     Office of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy, 1945.
    ISBN 0-945274-16-5
    1. World War, 1939-1045--Campaigns--Alaska--Aleutian Islands.
    I. Naval Historical Center (U.S.)
    D769.87.A4A44 1993
    940.54'28          93-25203


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