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If you take the American argument seriously
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 08:22 AM EST
It is generally supposed to be a diversion for the attack on Midway.

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If you take the American argument seriously
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 04:01 PM EST
>"why did they [Japan] send such an anemic force to invade
Attu and Kiska?"

If you'd ever visited Attu and Kiska, you wouldn't ask.

The only thing you'd ask is, "why would anyone in their right minds leave
any forces there, in a place so hard to supply and so useless to attack
from?" The Aleuts have a real claim to having the worst weather on
earth--the meeting of Arctic cold water and warm Pacific currents means that
gale-force storms are more common than any other kind of weather. There are no
airfields, precious few spots level enough to crash a plane, no harbors worth
taking anything larger than a kayak into, no natural resources ...

In the fighting later on, far more ships, planes, and people were lost due to
weather than to enemy action.

I've read a book on the subject: Morrison's history of the U.S. Navy in WWII
probably covers it as well.

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