The Press: Reporters on Attu

The only way to get to Attu's battle lines was to climb mountains, and a mile an hour was fair speed. Most of the fighting was done on icy peaks swept by winds so bitter and numbing that note-taking was almost impossible. To write a story reporters had to climb back down to the beach, board a ship, thaw out, borrow a typewriter. Then they had to walk to G-2 headquarters for censorship. They dressed in long woolen underwear, field jackets, parkas, sweaters, two or more pairs of wool socks, shoe pacs or...

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