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Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians (Classic Reprint Series) Paperback – February 1, 1995
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A constant theme throughout the book is the extreme difficulty that both sides experienced fighting a war in this hostile climate. Ground crews would drain the engine oil from returning aircraft, keep it heated, and return it to the engines before the next take-off - otherwise, the oil would thicken so much in the cold that the engines could not turn over. Living conditions were constantly cold and damp. Landings on the islands were hazardous as best. Planes were lucky if they could find the next island.
I highly recommend this book and I hope that you enjoy it.
Aleutians provided vital education used in other theaters of the war and therefore had a far greater impact on the outcome of WWII than it was ever given credit for. The challenges these men faced with the weather and lack of military equipment and resources in the Aleutians is amazing. How they flew the missions and survived the weather I'll never understand, but every last one of them was a hero. I've read other books about WWII in Europe and the Pacific and doubt any soldiers in any theater of war endured conditions worse than the men in the Aleutians. Thank you to the author and all who served in this forgotten, but critically important campaign.
this book is fascinating and reads like any suspense novel, except that it's all true. i found this book years ago and only picked it up because my dad spent the war in the aleutians, and i wanted to know more about what happened there. much later i learned my dad had received the bronze star. i'm reading the book again...not only because of my family history...but because it is an important book that is beautifully written. it's a classic.
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Un su e giù per le isole Aleutine, unico lembo di territorio USA invaso durante la guerra. Va detto che è anche abbastanza noioso, ma le informazioni sono davvero preziose per qualunque appassionato di storia.