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U.S. History Topics » Wars » World War II

Attu: North American Battleground of World War II

is the site of the only land battle on the North American continent during World War II. In June 1942, Japanese forces invaded Attu and other Aleautian islands. Americans feared the islands would be used as a staging area to attack the mainland. The U.S. had to regain the Aleutians at all costs. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Seventh Infantry Division troops landing at Massacre Bay, Attu, May 1943. (Courtesy Elmendorf Air Force Base History Office, Alaska)

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