What do you think was the best battle in WW2?
Stalingrad, no doubt. If you've never seen Enemy at the Gates go rent a copy and watch it.
Yeah, for some reason, I don't really think of Stalingrad as one battle.
Call me biased, but the Aleutian campaign is a largely forgotten series of battles in the Aleutian Islands of Alaskans where the Japanese for a time occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska the only enemy held territory on North America. There is a very good book called the Thousand Mile War which details this campaign. The elements and hardship endured by the soldiers was extraordinary.
I've never heard of this before but it sounds fascinating. I'll have to go look it up; I love reading about all the little things that don't make into the mainstream history books.
The Aleutian campaign is mainstream history. Anyone who says they don't know about it hasn't really read much. It is anything but an obscure reference.
The battle, overshadowed by the simultaneous Battle of Guadalcanal, is known as the "Forgotten Battle." It is described in mainstream histories as a diversionary attack during the Battle of Midway and was in fact launched simultaneously under the same overall commander, Isoroku Yamamoto. Historians Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully made strong arguments in their 2005 book, Shattered Sword, against the theory that Operation AL was merely a diversion.
I'm sorry. Is it very hard for you to get your voice to carry down off that pedestal you're on?
Anyway, I've done a little reading on it and no, it is not "mainstream," in the sense that it gets left off of historical accounts of WWII quite often. From Wikipedia: