The Japanese Occupation of an Alaska Island
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
The bastion of Japan’s possessions in Alaska, Kiska was soon fortified with 7,500 enemy troops, their equipment, and a labyrinth of tunnels. For thirteen months Japanese troops withstood constant bombardment from American forces while retaining a tenuous hold on the island. Finally forced to abandon their position, the Japanese occupiers evacuated without their equipment and personal effects, leaving behind a trail of artifacts.
Brendan Coyle spent fifty-one days on the island searching out the tunnels, the equipment, and the objects, all frozen in time. Kiska brings together the images Coyle amassed during his exploration and his archival research. Accompanying explanations put the images in historical perspective, opening a window on a little-known battlefield and shining a rare light on a shadowy occupation.
The Lonely Island
The Rising Sun
December 7, 1941: A Clash of Titans
War Comes to Alaska
Invasion of the Aleutians
The Enemy on Kiska
32313, the Ghost of Kiska
Buildings and Bunkers: Life on Kiska
Shipwrecks of the Nippon
The Gods have Forsaken Kiska
An Enemy Vanished