THE THOUSAND-MILE WAR. by Brian Garfield. The sea was rough and savage icy winds swept the barren islands as American men and machines battled the determined Japanese on American soil.
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.
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 were drawn from statistics, personal interviews, letters, and diaries, with more recently declassified photographs and many more illustrations.
American casualties were heavy: 549 KIA, 1,148 WIA, 2,132 Non-Combat casualties. Over 600 aircraft were lost, but only 100 due to enemy action. The Navy lost 3 destroyers and one submarine. Japanese loses were 4,000+ KIA, 3 destroyers, 5 subs, 9 transport ships, and 200+ aircraft. The narrative follows the 15 month campaign chronologically, tracing events and battles alike. U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division, US Navy, and USAAF. This classic edition incorporates previously classified photographs with formal accounts and personal stories from the participants. 456 pages.
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