ATTU WWII PHOTOS
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Click on each photo thumbnail to see a larger rendition. If anyone knows who the photographer was, or can identify any of the unidentified folks in these pictures, please email the info to me! Thanks.

Click on the compass icon to open a grid map of Attu, AK., in a separate window. As photos are added to this page, I'll attempt to add location coordinates that reference this map.

Attu Grid Map

For an informative history of the war in the Aleutians from the U. S. Navy's perspective, I recommend visiting Patrick Clancey's Site:

United States Navy Combat Narrative: The Aleutians Campaign


Map of Landing Sites on Attu, AK # 1. This is a map of the U. S. Force's landing sites on Attu. (provided by Patrick Clancey). Japan's troops occupied Attu beginning in June of 1942, and held the Island until U.S. Forces reclaimed Attu in May of 1943.
   
Below decks training # 2. From "The Capture of Attu," Pg 107, bottom photo text: "Below decks every facility for shipboard training is utilized till the eleventh hour. These troups are seeing in miniature what their ship is carrying them toward--a model reproducing all of Attu except the Japs, whose rifles and machine guns were waiting along these snowbound crags. From the faces, it is evident that even a model of Attu had a sobering influence."
   
7th Division Approaching Attu, 1943 # 3. May, 1943. Approaching Attu, 7th Division troops crowd the transport deck to get some fresh air or have a relaxing smoke. Fog and somber gray water surround the ship. Crowded conditions made it impossible to exercise aboard ship. (from "The Capture of Attu")
   
The Pennsylvania Bombarding Attu # 4. The Pennsylvania softens up Attu prior to the landings, May 1943. (provided by P. Clancey)

   
Transferring Howitzers and Ammo # 5. From "The Capture of Attu," Pg 109, photo text: "Artillerymen with their howitzer and 105mm ammunition being transferred from transport to landing craft off the Attu beaches. Two leading boats of their wave, dimly seen in the background, are already half swallowed by the fog."
   
First Wave of Assault Boats # 6. From "The Capture of Attu,' Pg 108, bottom photo text: "The first wave of assault boats gropes its way through Aleutian fog toward the unknown Attu beach two miles ahead."
   
roopslanding.jpg (23837 bytes) # 7. Newly acquired from an eBay purchase...This photo was part of a promotional series of official U. S. Navy photos by "War Pix" depicting the American GI at war in the Aleutians. This photo was captioned "10. American Troops Landing On Attu, May 11, 1943." (Added 7 Apr 2001, George Smith)
   
Attu Invasion # 8. The Pruitt guides landing boats to Attu's Massacre Bay beach, 11 May 1943. (provided by P. Clancey)
   
beachmassacrebay.jpg (28306 bytes) # 9. Newly acquired from an eBay purchase...This photo was part of a promotional series of official U. S. Navy photos by "War Pix" depicting the American GI at war in the Aleutians. This photo was captioned "11. Scene at Beach, Massacre Bay - Americans bring ashore captured Jap landing boat at Attu." Although smaller, the Jap boat is similar to the Higgins landing barge, two of which can be seen at the left. The bow opens in the same fashion for the discharge of troops and equipment. (Added 7 Apr 2001, George Smith)
   
Japanese Landing Craft Captured by Americans on Attu # 9A. Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin 1943 07 Number 316: As was the case at Guadalcanal and the Russell Islands, American forces utilized captured Japanese equipment in their attacks and recapture of Attu. Among the booty taken at the small Aleutian outpost was this Japanese landing barge, captured at Massacre Bay. The American flag was secured to the staff and the boat was put to work against its former owners. (Added 30 Aug 2011, George Smith, from eBay purchase).
   
Unloading Supplies On Attu, May 1943 # 10. Unloading supplies on Attu, 13 May 1943. (provided by P. Clancey)
   
# 11. Landing men and supplies on 19 June 1943.
   
# 12. Newly acquired from an eBay purchase...This photo was part of a promotional series of official U. S. Navy photos by "War Pix" depicting the American GI at war in the Aleutians. This photo was captioned "12. Southern Landing Force Disembarking at Massacre Bay - Landing boats pour scores of soldiers onto sandy beach, May 11, 1943." (Added 7 Apr 2001, George Smith)
   
# 13. Landing men and supplies on Attu, May 11th, 1943.
   
# 14. Landing men and supplies on Attu, May11th, 1943.
   
# 15. Landing men and supplies on Attu, May 1943.
   
West Arm of Holts Bay

# 16. The west arm of Holts Bay viewed from the ridge over which the troops advanced onto Attu. Note the crashed Japanese Zero. (DA Photo, P. Clancey Site)  (Coord H3).

   
Foxhole view of Jarmin Pass (82kB) # 17. From "The Attu Capture," Pg 110 + 111, top photos text: "The Infantryman's foxhole view of Jarmin Pass, leading from Massacre Valley across to Holtz Bay. Jap trenches, sniper and machine-gun positions, cleverly camouflaged in the mottled tundra folds, swept the valley floor from the nose of Black Mountain and the low plateau (right center of photo) stretching across the mouth of Jarmin Pass. Mortars emplaced in low ground behind...the plateau pounded the Americans who were dug into the valley mud. Heavy continuous pressure by our forces compelled the Japs to abandon these positions the night of May 16. The following day the pass was occupied, thus joining the Northern and Southern landing forces and restricting the Jap garrison to the northeast corner of Attu."
   
Massacre Bay, Attu, AK 28 July 1943 #17a. "Main Street Attu." Labor battalions have taken over on Attu Island, westernmost island of the Aleutians which was wrested from the Japs, and are busy with hammer, saw, and bulldozer such as these traveling down the mud-rutted "main street" between rows of tents and the supply-laden waterfron with landing barges along the shore. 7/28/1943. Published Mar 25 1945. AP Photo.

 

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