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This page is dedicated to the photos taken of the Japanese military occupying Attu, Aleutian Islands, AK during WWII.  These photos (1-12) were supplied by Jill Holmgren of Anchorage, AK, a frequent contributor to our web site. These photos come from a WWII-era Japanese photo magazine containing stories of the Japanese military in the Aleutians beginning June 6th, 1942. The lack of sharpness and other image quality issues are a result of these photos having been extracted from old paper magazine media. Page is still under construction.

1.  Naomi Tabuchi was kind enough to provide translation for this page as follows: The title of the magazine (the yellow print) is "Shashin Shuho," meaning "Photographs Weekly Bulletin." Additionally, "10 sen is the price of the magazine. It is dated the 8th of July [1942], about one month after capturing Attu. It is magazine number 2028, published by "The Information Board Editing Station."
2. Naomi also translated this page for us as follows: "To a snowy dense fog zone. Aleutians capture detailed report." This page reported about the state of the warships sailing to the Aleutian Islands.
3. Naomi translated this page as follows: 7th - 8th of June [1942], Empire Army occupies most west end Attu Island and Kiska Island of Aleutian Islands by surprise attack. This page explained the success of the Japanese Army. The photo is titled "Landing Japanese military unit went ashore." [Old Japanese letters used here. Additional work being done to translate.]
6. June 8th, 1942. The Japanese Army moves their soldiers from Chichagof Harbor, Attu, into the mountains to build and maintain defensive positions prior to the invasion of Attu in May, 1943. Click HERE for translation (Miho Lillard provided translation. Our thanks!).
8. June, 1942. Translated by Miho Lillard and Chizuko Lund: "The families of the guards (defense?) in Chichagofu (Titchagov?) came out hands up, shaking with fear, but they soon got back peace in their mind because of the imperial army’s (troops or military) warm treatment towards them. First children smiles, then mothers smiled." [Etta Jones, teacher, nurse, and surviving spouse of Foster Jones, can be seen in the foreground]



Last Updated: 04 January 2013

Originally published 26 August 2005