American soldiers shower and shave while stationed at Kuluk Bay during the Aleutian Islands Campaign. The campaign began on 3 June 1942, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two aircraft carrier raids on the U.S. Army barracks and the U.S. Navy base at Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island. On 6 June 1942, the Japanese invaded the Alaskan island of Kiska and the following day, the island of Attu. They were met with little resistance from the local Aleuts, as much of the native population of the islands had been forcibly evacuated by the U.S. military before the invasion. The remoteness of the islands and the difficulties of weather and terrain meant that it took nearly a year for larger joint U.S. and Canadian forces to eject them. The islands’ strategic value was their ability to control Pacific Great Circle routes. Adak Island, Alaska, U.S.A. March 1943. Image taken by Dmitri Kessel.