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Japan Invades Aleutian Islands

Japan Invades Aleutian Islands Maximum Cards
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Stock #: 235618
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 Aug-17
PM City: Indianapolis
PM State: IN
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First Day of Issue: August 17, 1992; First Issue Location: Indianapolis, Indiana. In June of 1942, as a diversionary move for their Midway operation, the Japanese invaded the islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian archipelago. The islands were of little strategic significance, however, as their bitterly cold climate and rock landscape rendered air operations dubious at best. Not until May of 1943 did American forces make a move to recapture the islands. The first assault was aimed at the snow-covered mountains of Attu, and the battles there ignited the biggest banzai charge of war. Hundreds of frustrated Japanese made a desperate suicide charge at American lines. Over 2,300 Japanese were killed and 550 Americans died. By June 3, most the Japanese garrison on Attu was annihilated. With Attu captured, the Allies turned their military might 170 miles east toward Kiska and the main Japanese base. On Aug. 15, 1943, American and Canadian troops invaded the island, but a combination of daring and Aleutian fog allowed the Japanese to evacuate their personnel and escape unharmed. The Aleutians, however, were free