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CIEL DE GUERRE N° 10 SEPT.-OCT.-NOV. 2006

Aléoutiennes : la campagne oubliée
( VOL.1)

 Aujourd’hui pratiquement oubliée, la campagne des Aléoutiennes fut pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale le lieu d’un affrontement entre forces japonaises et américaines. Conçue comme une manœuvre de diversion pour attirer les Américains loin de Midway, l’attaque japonaise de la base de Dutch Harbor en juin 1942 est suivie d’un débarquement de troupes à Attu et Kiska, les îles les plus occidentales de l’archipel. Perçue comme une menace, la présence japonaise sur le sol nord-américain provoque l’envoi d’unités américaines et canadiennes. Les Japonais, qui n’ont aucune intention d’y rester, n’ont pourtant d’autre choix que de s’y retrancher, harcelés par la 11th Air Force… Les opérations aériennes des appareils des deux camps sont fortement perturbées par le temps exécrable qui sévit dans le Pacifique Nord. Les 15 mois que dure la campagne auront causé plus de pertes à cause des conditions météorologiques que des combats ! Les P-38, P39, P-40, B-24, B-25 et B-26 mènent des frappes continues contre les installations Japonaises. En mai 1943, les forces américaines réoccupent Attu après une bataille sanglante.
C’est le premier pas vers la reconquête de l’archipel et les raids vers les Kouriles du Nord… Ce sujet méconnu sera traité en deux parties dans "Ciel de Guerre" par Arnaud Prudhomme et Stéphane Soulard.

 
CIEL DE GUERRE N° 10 SEPT.-OCT.-NOV. 2006

Aleutians : the forgotten battle (part 1)

Who does remember today that during Word War 2, the Aleutians were an advanced theatre of operations against Japan ? As a diversionary move in conjunction with their strike against Midway, the Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor in June 1942 and landed troops on Kiska and Attu, the westernmost islands of the Aleutians. The Japanese remained, primarily in a defensive situation, to prevent any movement by American forces toward Japan through the Aleutians chain. Aerial operations by the enemy and by the fighter and bomber units of 11th Air Force were often restricted by severe weather. The 15 months of the campaign turned out to be a struggle against nature rather than against rival enemy forces ! The 11th Air Force knew many losses, in most cases, caused by accidents. P-38s, P39s, P-40s, B-24s, B-25s and B-26s led continuous attacks on Japanese installations. In May 1943, American forces seized Attu after a bloody battle. First step to the recapture of the Aleutians and to the raids against the Northen Kuriles, the Japanese home islands… This subject which remains unknown to many will be done in two parts in "Ciel de Guerre" by Arnaud Prudhomme and Stéphane Soulard.

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