The Only Land Battle Fought on U.S. soil in WWII (Strange Stories)

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The Aleutian Islands Campaign was a military campaign led by U.S. and Canadian forces on the Islands of Attu and Kiska.
It saw the only land battle fought on U.S. soil in World War two. .
Apart from that, the invasion of the Kiska island known as Operation Cottage is remembered as one of the most bizarre actions in the entire war.

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  • On the The Aleutian Islands campaign , the Canadian soldiers were issued with American M1 helmets to avoid friendly fire incidents..

    Simple HistorySimple Historyหลายเดือนก่อน
    • Spanish civil war?

      Marko RedMarko Red21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
    • I was wondering why they looked liked American soldiers

      Brody BrownBrody Brown9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Simple History ok

      ThanosThanos12 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Sean Niver Hockey helmets...⚡️

      Damian GrouseDamian Grouse16 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Ah okay, because I was like bruh that ain’t Canadian helmets

      Aidan UriAidan Uri17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Always learning new things, thanks to history lesson

    Yoda MasterYoda Master23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • This historical event could make for a great PLAYERUNKNOWN Battlegrounds scenario/map. 🤦‍♂️

    The LegacyThe Legacyวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 4:50 ish that’s mans mag is up side down

    Brian MooreBrian Mooreวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Battle of Attu & Kiska: Monty Python Edition.

    Sol K. PosnerSol K. Posnerวันที่ผ่านมา
  • My previous school had a map of the state of Alaska, even though I am from Norway. And on this map there is detailed description of these two battles, pretty cool tbh, the japanese planned to invade the third island in the island chain too if I remember correctly, but then chose not to.

    Sander SkovlySander Skovlyวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow killing each others with no enemy

    Ben G VegasBen G Vegas2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It should also be mentioned that the 1st special service forces was a joint unit of Canadian and American troops.

    matthew brianmatthew brian3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Stupid battle... Idiots.

    matthew brianmatthew brian3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You’ve been kicked from the server for excessive friendly fire

    Adam DaddsAdam Dadds3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This story is really funny

    MaChaiTeaMaChaiTea3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Trust is the foundation of every relationship. So is not killing each other.

    Hermes YenHermes Yen3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is this the new battlefield v map?

    Andy SerranoAndy Serrano3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Too many ads dude

    Hoplite 898Hoplite 8983 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Alaska: oof am shoot Canada lol | Canada: am will attack American and Alaska lol

    xd slendy po and bendy veoxd slendy po and bendy veo3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Speak English.

      Donald SchmenkDonald Schmenk2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Soldier: this is enemy?? | Government of canada: no

    xd slendy po and bendy veoxd slendy po and bendy veo3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is why we need to build a wall!.

    The Gray GuyThe Gray Guy4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • F**k Raid Shadow Legends

    DikoManDikoMan4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The War of 1812 all over again, but this time, it's modern.

    Rhiannon WhitneyRhiannon Whitney4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *Canadian sees American* Canadian: do u want to 1v1 me

    w h a tw h a t5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hello simple history, my great grandfather fought in the battle of Attu I was wondering was there ever a banzai charge. My grandfather had told me that he was involved in a bayonet charge when a Japanese soldier charged and stabbed his elbow. On his way back a grenade landed in front or beside of his Jeep and caused an explosion causing head trauma but not killing him. He fought with the Americans. I was wondering if this story is flawed and if any of it is inaccurate.

    Corbin PaddisonCorbin Paddison7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I" m sorry but with this picture looks like US vs Canada

    Mike ArmbrusterMike Armbruster7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If I recall correctly, some of the troops the US brought into the campaign had just gone through desert warfare training because they were supposed to go to the North African Theater.

    Retail WarriorRetail Warrior8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Battle Of Castle Itter: Friendly-fire Enabled The Battle Of Aleutian Islands: fRiEnDlY_FiRe EnAbLeD

    GamingWithCarl YTGamingWithCarl YT9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What about Pearl Harbor? Is that a U.S soil?

    Joás FellipeJoás Fellipe9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • They made a war where there was none

    Don farlanDon farlan9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Whoo agrees that the Japanese were a Worty opponent!!

    Jacob BlackJacob Black9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Anyone else getting fallout vibes ? Glad I stumbled on this but of history.

    Ray _Blazin420_oRay _Blazin420_o9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This was one of the most highly kept secret from the public in WW2

    Wade SmithWade Smith10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Im surprised they didnt get kicked out of the server

    Marieta HwangMarieta Hwang11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Austria: "Y" proud

    fitra helmifitra helmi11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Damn it Carl, stop shooting the Canadians!

    Chris ArroyoChris Arroyo11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • From a very technical standpoint, wouldn't the Philippines be considered "US soil" as it still was under US administration when the Japanese attacked? It would be like if Puerto Rico was attacked. No one would say PR isn't US soil.

    Sir ArnieSir Arnie11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Aleutian Islands campaign Japanese Military Song.

    다이나모다이나모11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow, that was f*ed up

    AztekWarrior27AztekWarrior2711 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This what happens when call of duty players become recruits.

    Urban Student PrepperUrban Student Prepper12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 313 casualties? And the Japanese still lost the island! Can you imagine outscoring your opponent 313-0 and you still lose?

    Albert ThatcherAlbert Thatcher12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Einfach geil 👊🏼💙

    Babette DresdnerBabette Dresdner12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Get your facts straight. Alaska, Guam and the Philippines were all territories of the United States in 1941 that were captured by the Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbor. So there was more then one land battle fought on U.S. soil. If you were to change the title to North American soil, then you would be correct. But since you say U.S. SOIL, you are dismissing the 1,700 American troops who died on Guam and the 15,000 that died in the Philippines to retake american soil captured by the Japanese.

    David CastroDavid Castro12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mission failed, we'll get em next time.

    McLaren LambMcLaren Lamb12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why are the Canadians wearing US m1 helmets and not Canadian Mk2 helmets?

    Mad Cow RebelMad Cow Rebel12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Americans freaking out when the fog starts speaking American

    Mustard BastardMustard Bastard12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Well this was embarrassing

    bigwolf 22346bigwolf 2234612 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Not a single photo of the actual islands or what remains of the Japanese installations...

    Francois LeveilleFrancois Leveille12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Canadian officer: Men, prepare your apologies with the bullets of your rifles

    Jorge RivasJorge Rivas13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Really ?! Can't they shout out to each other before firing ?

    OldManOldMan13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I bet we killed more yanks then they killed of

    Dylan McwhirterDylan Mcwhirter13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 28-4 Canadians . ehh

    Vain AO CrazeVain AO Craze13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What about Pearl Harbor. I meannn technically ppl did fight the Japanese at Pearl Harbor

    Azul 5772Azul 577213 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A royal cluster f**k

    Allen WatersAllen Waters13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Professional narrator, animation looks like a 2 year old made it

    M 6M 613 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • There's a great book about the Aleutian Islands campaign called Ghosts in the Fog for anyone interested

    Faustino FélixFaustino Félix13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Alaska was not a state then, so if you count it as a US soil you also have to count Guam and the Philippines that had a similar status to Alaska at the time.

    Xavier AndradeXavier Andrade14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Spanish civil war?

    Marko RedMarko Red14 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Ya i like to see that too.

      Dopey NorthDopey North13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think Hiroshima and Nagasaki are a bit more bizarre than this operation. Or maybe the internment of over 100.000 Japanese-Americans who didn't commit any crimes.

    Bas BergerBas Berger14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ironic how they all had m1 helmets

    Deaths ReignDeaths Reign14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I was just reading about this on a booked called: "Ghosts in the Fog" so the timing couldn't have been any better lmao

    Sausage BiscuitSausage Biscuit14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A WW ll Japanese submarine surfaced in Feb. 1942 at Santa Barbara, CA and fired at the beach. Nobody was injured. He did manage to displace some sand.

    R RockwellR Rockwell14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • boise city, oklahoma was bombed during ww2 , look it up tomcats !

    Starcade 85 talk radioStarcade 85 talk radio14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I already knew about the war but extra infos great

    Meral IrkanMeral Irkan14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The flash panel shows Canadian soldier with the Maple Leaf flag patch on their uniforms. This flag was not adopted until 1965.

    Thomas ConrowThomas Conrow14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • American and canadian soldiers when they saw anything moves: *So* *anyway* *we* *started* *blasting*

    Internet ProductInternet Product14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *gets kicked out the match for friendly fire*

    Prod. By Mas2xProd. By Mas2x14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Awesome! Thank you for covering our state's history! If you visit the Anchorage Veteran's museum you can see an authentic Japanese sword from the campaign

    Sammy AfeSammy Afe15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Makes sense why id never heard of this, interesting.

    Chris SmithChris Smith15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Philippines were a US territory until 1946.

    stephen vstephen v15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The ads are worse than cable TV...

    GunNtonicGunNtonic15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You can still see old bunkers and buildings on Attu on Google Earth. Also a sunken abandoned battleship remains on the coast

    Mr. DelightfulMr. Delightful15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • why didn't they just turn friendly fire off?

    Mr toolboxMr toolbox15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why were there flaps on the Japanese soldiers hats?

The Only Land Battle Fought on U.S. soil in WWII (Strange Stories)