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A Minute of Amchitka – 1943

The National Archives recently posted a video titled U.S. Bombs Japanese from Base in the Aleutians-1943 to their YouTube channel. Here’s the video:

The “base in the Aleutians” was Amchitka Island, but this story was only one of the warmups for the actual subject of the newsreel which was the allied campaign in North Africa. Despite the fact that the Alaska related content only lasts a minute or two, the whole 10 minute video is worth watching. Take special note that this newsreel for US audiences went out of its way to say that allied forces provided medical care to Nazi prisoners. Compassion to our enemies was a value we held up during an actual struggle for our survival. We should be upholding that today. It’s what made us special.

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