Many visitors to our website have requested we compile a bibliography of all the books and videos that we are aware of (or made aware of) that relate to the Aleutians or to WWII in the Aleutians. The first two books one should read include a definitive book written by Brian Garfield, "The Thousand Mile War," and a book I captured from e-Bay entitled "The Capture of Attu" (I was first made aware of this book through Rene Thibault, a WWII Attu Vet and contributor to this web site, who shared with me his personal paperback copy obtained in the closing days of the war). Each of the additional books provide insights from different perspectives that when taken in their totality provide an excellent and complete picture of life in the Aleutians before, during, and after WWII. If you have additional items relative to these events, please e-mail your recommendation and I'll add them to the page. Click on the following symbol included with each description to access, review and/or purchase available editions of these books directly and privately from Amazon.com using your own account access:Some books, rare, out of print, not available at Amazon, may be available via AbeBooks.com or Alibris. Click on the either the AbeBooks or Alibris logos to access books from these excellent sources. A new feature we’ve just added to our website! Now you can also review/purchase these books via Amazon.com through our newly established Amazon affiliate program link which helps to fund this website! By clicking on the Amazon link on the right-side of the book’s descriptive text, any purchases you subsequently make using these links will still require you to use your own private account access….the difference being our website would be credited for the purchase, with a pittance of the purchase price forwarded to us in support off this website.
The Thousand Mile War by Brian Garfield, 1995.ISBN0-912006-83-8.ThisisanupdatedversionofBrian's1969 original,andispublishedthroughtheUniversityofAlaskanPress, Fairbanks,AK.Therearegreatupdatestotheoriginalintermsofboth printedmaterialandpictures.Verywelldone...areferencebookforall when studying WWII in the Aleutians. (Ref. George Smith)
TheCaptureofAttu...AstoldbythemenwhofoughtthereCopyright 1944byInfantryJournal,Inc.(outofprint...canfindusedcopies through Amazon.com) (Ref. Rene Thibault, George Smith)
TheCaptureofAttu...AstoldbythemenwhofoughtthereWith NelsonL.Drummond,SewellT.TyngCompiledbyRobertJ.Mitchell (Author).ASIN:B00EQBTA46.Thisisareprintoftheoriginal(seeabove). (Ref. George Smith)
AleutianIslands-TheU.S.ArmyCampaignsofWorldWarIIbyGeorge L.MacGarrigle,1992.ISBN0-16-035882-5.ForsalebytheU.S. GovernmentPrintingOffice,SuperintendentofDocuments,MailStop: SSOP,Washington,DC20402-9328."WorldWarIIwasthelargestandmost violentarmedconflictinthehistoryofmankind.However,thehalfcentury thatnowseparatesusfromthatconflicthasexacteditstollonourcollective knowledge.WhileWorldWarIIcontinuestoabsorbtheinterestofmilitary scholarsandhistorians,aswellasitsveterans,agenerationofAmericans hasgrowntomaturitylargelyunawareofthepolitical,social,andmilitary implicationsofawarthat,morethananyother,unitedusasapeoplewitha commonpurpose.ThisbrochurewaspreparedintheU.S.ArmyCenterof MilitaryHistorybyGeorgeL.MacGarrigle.Ihopethisabsorbingaccountofthatperiodwill enhanceyourappreciationofAmericanachievementsduringWorldWarII."M.P.W.Stone, Secretary of the Army. USGPO: 1992 302-270 PIN: 068914-000. (Ref. George Smith)
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LastLettersfromAttuTheTrueStoryofEttaJones,AlaskaPioneer andJapanesePOWbyMaryBreu.ISBN-10:0882408100,ISBN-13:978-0882408101 Web Site: http://www.lastlettersfromattu.com/default.aspEttaJones,mygreat-aunt,wasthefirstfemaleCaucasiantakenprisoner fromAmericansoilbyaforeignenemysincetheWarof1812.Thehistorical incidenttookplaceinJune,1942,whentheJapaneseinvadedAttu,Alaska, thewesternmostislandintheAleutianChain.Untilnow,thesequenceof eventsleadinguptohercaptureaswellasherexperiencesinJapanese POWcampsforthirty-ninemonthshaveneverbeenaccuratelydocumented. Hersisastoryofincrediblebraveryandcouragewhenfacedwithadversity. Mary Breu.Cover photo from the book "Ichimai no shashin o otte Aryushan o yuku" by Masami Sugiyama
TheLastFlightofBomber31byRalphWetterhan.HarrowingTalesof AmericanandJapanesePilotsWhoFoughtinWorldWarII'sArcticAir Campaign by Ralph Wetterhan. ISBN-13: 978-0786713608ThroughmeticulousresearchandunprecedentedinterviewswithJapanese and Americancombatants,award-winningauthorRalphWetterhahnprovides abreathtakingaccountofthenose-to-tailairwarbetweenAmericanand JapaneseflyersabovetheBeringSea.Dubbedridersoftheâ€œEmpire Express,â€AmericanpilotsstationedintheAleutiansflewnine-hour missions,1,500milesround-tripinsubzerotemperatures,tobombJapanese installationsintheKurilIslands.Whileonhisongoingquesttogiveafull accountofMIAsandPOWs,WetterhahninvestigatedthecrashsitesoftwoEmpireExpress planesfoundintheSovietFarEastin2000and2001,andherere-createstheircrewsâ€™ dauntingexploits.Withunrivaledmasteryofaviation,warfare,andmilitaryforensicevidence, WetterhahnrescuesfromobscuritythefinalmomentsofU.S.NavypilotWaltS.Whitman,who madeaforcedlandingwithhiscrewontheKamchatkaPeninsula.Healsodetailsthemissions flownbyJapanâ€™spilotsandthefateofJapanesecapturedbytheSovietsandinternedin Siberia.Thisisamovingtestamenttotheimpulsetoaccountforallservicemenleftbehind. (Amazon.com)ItisagreatdescriptionoftheUSNavyLockheedPV-1Venturabombermissionsflownfrom AttutobombtheKurilIslandsandthe21stcenturydiscoveryofoneofthedownedbombers ontheKamchatkaPeninsula.TheplanewasalsothesubjectofaPBSNovaepisodewhichI have yet to see. NOVA | Last Flight of Bomber 31 | PBS AA picture of one of these planes is on my dad's website:http://andyk00.wix.com/15-tow-sq-11th-usaaf#!untitled/zoom/c1n0f/imagecf9(Andy Kozlowski)
ShortcuttoTokyo,TheBattlefortheAleutiansbyCorey Ford.ThiswasawelcomeChristmasgifttomefrommywifethisyear(2010).A quickreadasthereareonly141pagestothisbook.ItwaspublishedinNew York by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1943, selling then for $1.75. Forddetailsflightsfromthennot-identifiedislands(wouldbeUmnak,Adak and Amchitka)ontheirwaytobombKiska...thenheldbytheJapanese.Ona personallevel,thisbookgetsclosetothemissions,thepilotsandcrewsof themediumandheavybombers,therescueaircraft,aswellasthe"peashooters,"asthey lived, flew, and fought in the Aleutians up to 1943.AdditionalchapterslooksbackatvisitsbyFordtotheAleutianspriortothewarbreakingout, abriefhistoryoftheAleutiansandtheAleuts,anddiscussessuspicionstheAleutsharbored aboutthemanyJapanesevisitstothe AleutiansjustpriortotheoutbreakofWWII,talksabout Attu Chief Mike, the sea otters, vegetation, and bird populations of the Aleutians.Aquicklookandcomparisonattheendofthebookintothelivesoftwomen...oneaunion factoryworkerintheUSAbuildingtheplanes,andanotherlookatanAleutianAAFpilotflying bombersmadebyhim...andtheirmutualdesiresandhopesfortheirfamilies.Mightbringa teartoyoureyes.Bookishardtofind...NadinefoundoneusedcopyonAmazon.com,which referenced Abebooks. Worthwhile obtaining and reading! (George L. Smith)
CenteroftheStormTheBombingofDutchHarborandtheExperience ofPatrolWingFourintheAleutians,Summer1942byJeffDickrell. ISBN1575100924. AvailablefromtheMuseumofthe AleutiansStorein additiontootherbooksellers.Call907-581-5150togetyourcopyfromthe Museum(Jeffdonatedthewholepackagetothemuseum).JeffDickrell arrivedinUnalaska,Alaskain1990fromNaperville,Illinois,toteachhigh schoolhistory.ImmersinghimselfinAleutianhistory,especiallytheWWII era,heisaboardmemberoftheMuseumoftheAleutiansandaresearcher fortheNationalParkWWIIInterpretiveCenterinUnalaska.Anannualclass triptoWashingtonDCallowedhimmuchaccesstotheNationalArchives StillPictureDivision.In1997and1999thePatrolWingFourAssociationinvitedJefftotheir reunionwherehehadachancetomeetwiththemanyveteranshehadbeencorresponding withforthisbook.Hecontinuestoenjoythefriendshipsmadethere.JeffhasaB.A.inhistory fromNorthernIllinoisUniversity.Whennotinfrontofaclassorhiscomputer,hecanusually be found paddling his kayak or hiking the hills of Unalaska.
TheForgottenWarbyStanCohen,LibraryofCongressCatalogCardno. 81-80570. (Ref: Rene Thibault) This is a four-volume set:Volume 1: ISBN 0-933126-13-1.Volume 2: ISBN 0-933126-70-0Volume 3: ISBN 0-929521-30-7Volume 4: ISBN 0-929521-64-1ThisisapictorialhistoryofWWIIinAlaskaandNorthwesternCanada.To quoteinpartfromtheintro,"Inmostcombattheatersofthe2ndWorldWar thecombatantshadtofightonlyeachother.InAlaskaandNorthwestern Canada,however,theyalsodidbattlewiththeweather,thewildernessand boredom.Thisremoteterritorywasprobablythewar'sleastknownand leastpublicizedcombatzone.”Thebookscanbeboughtat Amazon.comor canbeorderedfromtheauthoratthefollowingaddress:PictorialHistories PublishingCo.Inc,713SouthThirdStreetWest,Missoula,MT59801.Ifyou can'tfindthesebooksvia Amazon.com,here'sthelinktoPictorialHistories Publishing homepage:http://www.pictorialhistoriespublishing.com/stans4.htmThesevolumescanbepurchasedindividuallyratherthanasa“bundle”at Amazon.com:The Forgotten War, Volume 1, ISBN 0-933126-13-1The Forgotten War, Volume 2, ISBN 0-933126-70-0The Forgotten War, Volume 3, ISBN 0-929521-30-7The Forgotten War, Volume 4, ISBN 0-929521-64-1
CIEL DE GUERRE No 10 SEPT.-OCT.-NOV. 2006 Aleutians : the forgotten battle (part 1)WhodoesremembertodaythatduringWordWar2,theAleutianswerean advancedtheatreofoperationsagainstJapan?Asadiversionarymovein conjunctionwiththeirstrikeagainstMidway,theJapanesebombedDutch HarborinJune1942andlandedtroopsonKiskaandAttu,thewesternmost islandsoftheAleutians.TheJapaneseremained,primarilyinadefensive situation,topreventanymovementby AmericanforcestowardJapanthrough theAleutianschain.AerialoperationsbyJapanandbythefighterandbomberunitsof11thAir Forcewereoftenrestrictedbysevereweather.The15monthsofthecampaignturnedouttobe astruggleagainstnatureratherthanagainstrivalenemyforces!The11thAirForceknewmany losses,inmostcases,causedbyaccidents.P-38s,P39s,P-40s,B-24s,B-25sandB-26sled continuousattacksonJapaneseinstallations.InMay1943,AmericanforcesseizedAttuaftera bloodybattle.FirststeptotherecaptureoftheAleutiansandtotheraidsagainsttheNorthern Kuriles,theJapanesehomeislands.Thissubjectwhichremainsunknowntomanywillbedone in two parts in "Ciel de Guerre" by Arnaud Prudhomme and Stephane Soulard. Thisqualitymagazineisloadedwithgreatphotos,battlemaps,drawingsofaircraftservingin theAleutianTheaterofWar,tablesofaircraftandrelatedinformation,alongwithpersonal stories...printedonheavyglossyA4paper.WhiletextisinFrenchitisanexcellentreference sourceforthoseinterestedin AleutianWWIIhistory. Youwillfindsomeofthiswebsite'sphotos andstoriesinthismagazineaswell!ThismagazineisprimarilyavailableinEurope,butyoucan getacopyofyourownthrougheitherPayPalorfromthe“Aviation&MilitaryBookCenter.”For moreinformationaboutthemagazine,and/ortogetacopyofthismagazinethroughPayPal, click HERE.
The AleutianWarriors, AHistoryofthe11th AirForce&Fleet AirWing4 byJohnHaileCloe.Thisisagreatreferencebook,filledwithstories andpicturesofthewarinthe Aleutians. A"musthave"of344pagesfor every library. ISBN 0-929521-35-8. (Ref. George Smith)
FromSailingShipstoSpitfiresbyShirleyWalker.Paperback(ISBN 0888872879)orHardcover(ISBN0888872895),thelifeandtimesofan immigrantfamily,whosesonsfoughtinthesecondWorldWar. OriginallyAvailablefromBorealisBookPublishers.Includesasectionon Canada'sinvolvementinthe AleutiantheaterduringWWII.ClickHEREtoread extract (PDF file). Also see Shirley's web site by clicking here.
TheLockheedP-38LightningbyWarrenM.Bodie,Widewing publications.BobFreemanhighlyrecommendsthisbookforthose interested in the P-38's WW-II history in the Aleutians.
AMiracleatAttu:TheRescueofCG-1600isanhistoricnonfiction accountdocumentingthephenomenalrescueofninesurvivorsfroma U.S.CoastGuardHC-130Hthatcrashedonalogisticsmissiontothe remoteCoastGuardLongRangeNavigationStationon AttuIsland Alaska.Be preparedasyouaretransportedbackintimetoacoldisolatedmountainon Attuforatrulyremarkablerescue.Itisaninspiringandemotionalstoryof humanerror,courage,bravery,andsurvival.Ittakesaspecialmindsettogo intoharm'swayandflyintothestormsoothersmaylive.Youwillcometo knowandseethemanyperspectivesoftherescuethroughtheeyesofthe survivors,andthecrewsoftheCoastGuardCutterMellon,LORANStation Attu,Rescue-1602,andRescue-1425.Theauthorguidesthereadertofeelthe tension,risk,anddangertolocateandrescuethedownedcrew.Alaskaand particularlytheremoteWesternAleutianIslandsposeauniqueandunforgivingoperating environment.Weatherisconstantlypoorwithhighwinds,poorvisibility,lowclouds, precipitation,andhighseastates.Highspeedvesseltransitsareextremelyriskyasthereare nonavigationalaidsandnearshorenauticalchartingisunreliable.Helicopteroperationsare alwaysriskyduetolowceilings,limitedvisibility,highgustywinds,andsteepmountainsright downtothewater'sedge.Youwillfeelasifyouarerightinthecockpit,onthesideofthe mountain,ontheMellonflightdeckandbridgeastherescueteamworksagainstalloddsto save their fellow aviators and shipmates. (Ref. George L. Smith)
SilentSiegeIIIbyBertWeber.BobFreemanalsorecommendsthis bookaswell.FromAmazon.com:"SilentSiegeIII:JapaneseAttacks onNorthAmericainWorldWarII:ShipsSunk,AirRaids,Bombs Dropped,CiviliansKilled.Documentary.Thisbookisoneofaseriesofthree booksbythesameauthorincluding"SilentSiegeI,"and"SilentSiegeII." ISBN-13:978-0936738734,ISBN-10:0936738731.Paperback&Hardcover. Other books by Bert Weber:Silent Siege II, by Bert WeberSilent Siege, by Bert Weber
Originallytitled"Walkie-TalkieFanningBees:BaseballAmbassadors VisitWorldWarIICombatAreas,1943-1945"thisbookdescribesthe journeysofsixdifferentgroupsofmenintoWWIIcombatareasfrom AlaskatoNewGuinea.FeaturingHallofFamerslikeMusial,Medwickand Durocher,thisstoryshowstheextenttowhichAmericanswouldexpresstheirpatriotismin difficult and dangerous ways.NPS Link to interview with Janis Kozlowski, click HERE.
KISKA-TheJapaneseOccupationofanAlaskaIslandbyBrendan Coyle.PublishedbyUniversityofAlaskaPress(Fairbanks),distributed byUniversityofChicagoPress,tobepublishedSeptember2014. BrendanCoyle'supcomingnewbookrecords51daysin2009spentcamped on Kiska while surveying the island for signs of the Japanese occupation.
WAR ON OUR DOORSTEP by Brendan Coyle. ISBN:1-894384-46-6.ThefirstenemyoccupationofU.S. territorysincetheWarof1812occurredwhenJapanesetroops stormedtheAleutianIslandsin1942.Bloodyconflictragedthrough thefollowingyears,asAmericanandCanadiantroopsdefendedthe northern front.Asthewarcontinued,aJapaneseairplanedroppedbombson Oregon,whilesubmarineslurkedoffWashingtonandBritish Columbia.Usingthewesterlywindsasanally,Tokyodirecteda battalionofballoon-bombsthatdriftedtoNorthAmerica'scoastandrandomly wreakedhavoc.WaronourDoorsteppresentsthefascinatinghistoryofawar largelyhiddenfromthepublicasgovernmentsattemptedtoavertpanicfrom California to Alaska following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.Sixtyyearslater,thefascinatingeventsofthateraandtheirimpactonboththe AmericanandCanadianpsychesremainvirtuallyunknowntomuchoftheworld. Afterconductingdecadesofresearchandinterviewswithveteransonbothsidesof theconflict,authorBrendanCoylerevealsdetailsofthepreviouslyunknown campaignthatincludedattacksonOregon,BritishColumbia,andtheharshbattles foughtinAlaska.Coyle'scaptivating240-pageaccountincludesover110 photographs and maps, which document the era and events.BrendanCoylehasdoneamagnificentjobinthiscomprehensivereviewofthewar ontheWestCoast.Noothersinglevolumehassoneatlytiedtogetherthemyriad storiesofhowthewaraffectedpeopleinBritishColumbia,California,Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.Jim Delgado, Executive Director, Vancouver Maritime MuseumThesuccessofCoyle'stextistheuseofanarrativetimeline.Heconnectsthe fragmentedrecordsofmilitaryengagementsthatranupanddownthePacificCoastfromCaliforniato AlaskaduringtheyearsbetweenthebombingofPearlHarborand thedestructionofHiroshimaandNagasakibytheworld'sfirsttacticalnuclear weapons. Patrick Nagle, The Vancouver Sun
TheLostSquadron:AFleetofWarplanesLockedinIceforFiftyYears by David Hayes, ISBN 0-7868-6048-0. Editorial ReviewsBooklist:InJuly_1942,twoB-17sandsixP-38sbelly-landedontotheGreenland icecap.Nowadays,exceptforoneoftheplanes,theyare250feetunderthe cap'ssurface.Theexception,nowbeingrestoredtoflightworthiness,was excavatedin1992.Thevintageplaneworldisallagogaboutthisresurrection, andthisdocumentationverilymeetseverydemandforeverydetailoftheexpeditionsthat locatedanddugouttheLightningfighter.Picturesgalore,includinginsouciantsnapshotsof theirmishaptakenin1942bytheoriginalpilots(allweresafelyrescued),accentthewinding chronicleofdiscoveryandrecovery.ItstartedwithtwoGeorgianaviatorswhoin1980became fixatedonfindingtheplanes,infectedotherswiththeirenthusiasm,andthenhauledoffto Greenland,iceaugurs,ice-penetratingradars,andmetaldetectorsintow.AuthorHayesdoes thisgroupproudandtruthful(hedoesn'tflinchfromtellingitsinfightingandanimosities),and airplaneaficionadoswillexamineeverypage,studdedasthepagesarewithhundredsofcolor photos. Gilbert Taylor IngramAlavishlyillustratedworkrecordstheamazingreclamationofafleetofAmericanWorldWarII warplanesburiediniceinGreenlandsincethewarandrecoveredbytwoamateuraviation enthusiasts. 35,000 first printing. On28Dec2002whenwefirsthostedthisbookitwasfoundtobeoutofprint. Apparentlyithas returned,andisavailableat Amazon.com.ThisbookwasrecommendedbyHarryHiggins,WW-II P-38 Pilot Extraordinaire.
Unangam Ungiikangin Kayux Tunusangin, Unangam Uniikangis Ama Tunuzangis: AleutTales and Narratives, collected 1909-1910 by Waldemar Jochelson, edited by Knut Bergsland and Moses L. Dirks. Published by the Alaska Native Language Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1990, ISBN1-55500-036-3. This is a collection of wax cylinder recordings of storytellers in the years stated that have been carefully transcribed and translated by the editors in both the Aleut language (Unangam Tunuu) and in English. There is a lot of historical background presented, and quite a few pictures.
TheEtholénCollection:TheEthnographicAlaskanCollectionofAdolf EtholénandhiscontemporariesintheNationalMuseumofFinland,By PIRJOVARJOLA.withcontributionsbyJULIAP. AVERKIEVAandROZA G.LIAPUNOVA.Helsinki:NationalBoardofAntiquitiesofFinland,1990.336 pp.559colorandb/willustrations;catalog;appendix;bibliographies.Outof print, $96 in 1992. ISBN 10: 9519075429 ⁄ ISBN 13: 9789519075426. PublishedbytheNationalBoardofAntiquitiesofFinland.Thisbookhas beenseeninalotofmuseumsintheUS.Alittlepricey,butit'sabeautifully photographedrecordofthecollectionfromalltribesinAlaska.Thesection ontheAleuthassomereallyniceexamplesoftraditionalclothing,bentwood and other headgear, basket weaving, and ivory carvings.Also available via AbeBooks and Alibris .OursincerethankstoWendySvarny-Hawthorne,JillHolmgren,RayHudson,andthekind folks,SuziGolodoffandDirksatOunalashkafortheirassistanceresearchingtheavailabilityof this book, and for making us aware of its very existence in the first place!********************Thereareseveralon-linesiteshostingthisbook,usuallyassociatedwithacademiaorother researchorganizations,whichalsousuallyrestrictaccesstotheirmaterial…hopingto capitalizebyhavingvisitorsregisterorsignupwiththeirsite…andrequiringanaccompanying fee. I’ve listed a few possibilities here, including the book’s origins at Finland’s Museum:The National Museum of FinlandResearchGateOxford JournalsEZBOOKSAnchorage Museum
VIDEO: FILM, TAPE & DVDs
7th Infantry Div. & Baptism of Fire available from Traditions Military Videos. An Army Training Tape. Call 1-800-277-1977 or visit their website at www.militaryvideo.com [Search on “7th Infantry”] (Ref. Bob Watson)
Report from the Aleutians a WWII Documentary directed by John Huston. Film shot mostly on Adak, with a ride-along on Kiska bombing runs. This tape is available from United American Video, P.O.Box 7563, Charlotte, NC 28217. (Ref. Bob Watson) [Note: to view at no cost, click HERE. WikiPedia access, click HERE.]
The Winds of War An NBC Dateline presentation, Shane Bishop Producer. A story about two unlikely participants engaged in the Battle for Attu. [The title for this video conflicted with a 1983 movie of the same title, starting Robert Michum and Ali MacGraw.] This excellent production appears to no longer be available from NBC…or other sources. You would have to contact NBC to see if you can obtain a copy from them.
The Bloody Aleutians Seen originally as a History Channel presentation, now available from Amazon.com. A broad treatment of WWII in the Aleutians. Very well done by Mediabridge Entertainment of Canada for the Jones Entertainment Group (The History Channel), produced by Eugene Birman for "The History Channel." In 1942, a lonely, desperate battle was waged in one of the most desolate places on earth. Few realize, however, that this grueling WWII battle or The Forgotten Battle was fought on American soil.Japan in fact occupied the US Aleutian Islands in the Alaskan far north strategically located on the Pacific Great Circle trade routes for nearly one year. Focusing on the unsung heroes who fought in this deadly and merciless landscape, HISTORY reveals the untold story of the battle for the Aleutians through a wealth of archival material, penetrating interviews with campaign veterans, and a rich historical perspective provided by the nation s leading experts.Now for the first time, THE BLOODY ALEUTIANS narrates an incredible saga of conflict, courage, and valor in the northernmost reaches of the nation.
Alaska At War Through rare Japanese and American film footage, you'll see the rugged, inhospitable conditions under which this dramatic campaign was fought and the heroism of U.S. and Japanese soldiers in combat. Winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award for excellence. Approximately 60 minutes. Originally found at visit Alaska Video Publishing's online store, where you can also find other videos relating to Alaska. You can call them at 800-770-4545 to order videos direct.
The Cradle of Storms The Aleutians, Cradle of the Storms, World War II , tells the story of a beautiful and raw land and its people who have endured and survived wave after wave of invaders and a relentless, unpredictable climate. The Aleutian Islands span the seas between Alaska and Siberia, a desolate necklace of wind-stripped terrain, ravaged by weather that has earned it the name 'the cradle of the storms'. It is also home to a vast and impressive array of wildlife. The natives flourished on this remote chain for thousands of years. Though the land offered little and the weather was extreme, they were nourished by the sea and so, had led lives of quiet self-reliance. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced America into the Second World War. Eventually the U.S. began fortifying the Aleutians. Army and Navy facilities were built in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska and on the nearby islands. And Atka's Nazan Bay became a place to land Navy seaplanes. The once tranquil islands were being transformed into a major military base. This film tells the story of the native Aleuts as the violence of World War II arrives on their islands. Even in the face of such devastation, the Aleutian people endured and thrive today.
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KUNSTKAMERARay Hudson found a book published in 2014 from the “Peter the Great Museum (Kunstkamera) in St. Petersburg, Russia:”Kunstkamera Aleuty: Catalog Kollekcii Kunstkamery [The Aleutians: Kunstkamera’s Collections Catalogue] Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), St.Petersburg, 2014. The book focuses on their Aleut collections. At present, it’s only in Russian. The books on Tlingit and Kodiak collections, I believe, have been translated. I understand that the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center in Anchorage may be trying to get it published in English, but I haven’t heard anything recently about this project.While this book is difficult to find for sale these days, one can in the meantime view the museum’s objects on-line at the Museum’s website. Here’s the link: http://www.kunstkamera.ru/kunst-catalogue/index.seam?page=1&c=ALEUT&cid=1437By clicking on the major topic of interest as presented on the menu at the left-side of the page, then clicking on an image item under that heading, a new page appears related to just that object. Articles are often referenced to a location known as “Russian America.” Click HERE for a bit of that location’s history. (Ray Hudson)HLSWILLIWAW.COM sought and was granted permission from Dr. Julia A. Kupina, Deputy Director of MAE RAS of the “Peter The Great Museum Of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) to present on our website several photos from their collection as relates to the Aleutian Islands. We are pleased to be able to present this selection of high definition photos from their collection, which shows the craftsmanship of a people who’ve occupied for over 9,000 years that part of the globe known as the “Aleutian Islands.”The following slideshow illustrates but a few of the Museum’s photos we’ve posted: