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DHumphrey

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The Aleutian Islands Campaign
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:47:08 AM »

Hello All,

Here is my newest contribution to our community, I hope that you enjoy.  :)

Compatibility: IL2 4.12.2m SAS/Mod 5.30 or later is required (VPMod Pack)



A semi-historical 32-mission campaign based on the Aleutian Islands Campaign that occurred from June 1942 - August 1943.

The Aleutian Islands Campaign was a military campaign conducted by the United States and Japan in the Aleutian Islands, part of the Territory of Alaska, in the American theater and the Pacific theater of World War II starting on 3 June 1942. In the only two invasions of the United States during the war, a small Japanese force occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska, where the remoteness of the islands and the challenges of weather and terrain delayed a larger U.S.-Canadian force sent to eject them for nearly a year.



The island’s strategic value was their ability to control Pacific transportation routes, which is why U.S. General Billy Mitchell stated to the U.S. Congress in 1935, "I believe that in the future, whoever holds Alaska will hold the world. I think it is the most important strategic place in the world." The Japanese reasoned that control of the Aleutians would prevent a possible U.S. attack across the Northern Pacific.



Similarly, the U.S. feared that the islands would be used as bases from which to carry out a full-scale aerial attack on U.S. West Coast cities like Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, or Los Angeles. A battle to reclaim Attu was launched on May 11, 1943, and completed following a final Japanese banzai charge on May 29. On August 15, 1943, an invasion force landed on Kiska in the wake of a sustained three-week barrage, only to discover that the Japanese had withdrawn from the island on July 29.



The campaign is known as the "Forgotten Battle", due to its being overshadowed by the simultaneous Guadalcanal Campaign. Military historians believe it was a diversionary or feint attack during the Battle of Midway, meant to draw out the U.S. Pacific Fleet from Midway Atoll, as it was launched simultaneously under the same commander, Isoroku Yamamoto.

However, historians Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully have argued against this interpretation, stating that the Japanese invaded the Aleutians to protect their northern flank, and did not intend it as a diversion.

I tried to keep the campaign as historical as possible with correct dates and times that I've been to accurately research. Due to limitations of the flight simulation some minor deviations were required, however, these deviations do not detract from the historical value depicted in this campaign.

Player flyable aircraft:

A-20C
B-17F
B-24J-100-CF
B-25C-25NA
B-25H-1NA
P-38J
P-39N1
P-40E
PBY

Campaign can be found here:  http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads3&file=details&id=2684

* Skin artists are noted in the read-me file.

Enjoy the campaign.  :)
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cgagan

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Re: The Aleutian Islands Campaign
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2019, 11:35:08 AM »

Many thanks for sharing! Looks exciting, d/loaded and will play later... 8)
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JG51_Ruski

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Re: The Aleutian Islands Campaign
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2019, 11:54:09 AM »

Thanks dHumphry Got it and will test fly it tonight
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