posted on Jul, 30 2017 @ 01:59 AM
You do realize that that entire operation was performed by barely trained soldiers with no experience, right? The Operation also took place in some
of the most inhospitable places on Earth.
I've been to that particular island, and quite a few of the others in that chain. They're wet. They're miserable. ...and that was without the
prospect of getting shot in the bargain.
Now then, you're probably wet, as those landing craft probably aren't the driest mode of transport around... It's probably raining--it's the
Aleutians, the chances are good it's raining. So far, you're wet and now muddy, you can't see but a few yards in front of you, and once you're off
the beaches, such as they are, well the islands are volcanic--in many places they generally go up, straight up...
You don't know where the enemy is... Is he waiting behind that bit of rock up there, or that grass and shrub covered hillock over there?
So, not enough training, wet and muddy, blinded by rain (maybe), you can't find footing in the muskeg, and you're f'n scared to death. If that isn't
a recipe for a not so minor disaster, I can't imagine what is...
Also remember that earlier in the year, in May, the landing on Attu in the Aleutians had not been unopposed. These guys expected the same thing
No amphibious landing goes perfectly, especially with green as grass troops, the naval forces weren't a whole lot better--remember the whole concept
of amphibious warfare was still rather new and unknown.
It's a sad fact that things can go horribly wrong...it would have been more amazing if something hadn't gone wrong.