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World War II in the North

Other Arctic & Northern Military History and Issues

War Fears in Sitka, Alaska
Two articles by Robert J. Casey from December 9 and 10, 1941, with 3 more pages about mysterious fires and bombings in Sitka that killed 12 men over the previous 4 months, mentioned in Casey's articles.

340th Engineer Regiment
This story of the unit's work on the Alaska Highway, with photos and lists of all 1,271 officers and enlisted men.

388th Engineer Batallion on the Canol
The site is now gone, but was saved by the Internet Archive.

388th Engineer Batallion
A chronology by Kevin O'Reilly, showing the unit's makeup, locations and type of work being done in the North during WWII.

The History of the Alaska Highway (Alcan)
Links to a wide variety of information about the highway's past, including current memorials.

The Alaska-Siberia Connection (Book Review)
Although not the aviation history it pretends to be, this book by Otis Hays, Jr., provides worthwhile background information on the World War II Lend-Lease route through the Yukon and Alaska.

The Aleutian War
This lengthy article with lots of photos and maps describes both the background to this little-known campaign during World War II, and details of the action.

Attu Memorial
A photo and brief description of a titanium memorial placed by the Japanese government in 1987 to honor soldiers who died in the Aleutians during World War II.

Canadian Military History Gateway
World War II had an enormous impact on the North. This site has an awesome list of links of interest to military historians.

The Canol Project: Oil for Victory
The story of the Canol pipeline project through the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Alaska during World War II.

The History of Military Sled Dogs in Alaska
An illustrated article by Jack Waid, United States Air Force 354th Fighter Wing Historian.

" Lower Post or Freeze"
This book, published by the 340th Engineer Regiment in 1944, tells the story of the unit's work on the Alaska Military Highway in 1942-1943.

A B-25 over the Aleutian Islands in 1943 - click to enlarge "Mitchell Bombers Sink Aleutian Japs"
This September 1943 advertisement for North American Aviation shows a B-25 bombing ships from high above a rocky, snow-covered island.

O'Conner, Brigadier General James A.
A biographical sketch of the commander of the Northwest Service Command in the Yukon from September 1942 onward.

The Army Laundry at Whitehorse, 1944
On January 14, 1944, the Northwest Service Command had a detailed description of their new facility published in The Whitehorse Star.

Pacific Theatre Map
This map shows the entire Pacific Theatre, and the relationship of the Aleutians to the Japanese battle plan.

USAAF Combat Chronology
The Aleutian and other Northern operations involving American aviators are included in this site, which covers the period from 12/41 through 09/45.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Greenland Patrol
A lengthy article by John A. Tilley, describing the Coast Guard's Arctic operations during World War II.

World War II in Alaska
This excellent publication is a teachers' resource guide produced by the National Park Service.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
In December 2008 this National Monument was created with 9 historic sites, 3 of which are located on Alaska's Aleutian Islands