From a hilltop on the Santa Barbara Rincon I look out into fog as impenetrable as that which contributed to the operational difficulties of the conduct of the war in Alaska during the last two years. The sight of this gloomy stuff causes a train of thought to proceed down the cerebral avenues. Our forces in Alaska had two enemies to fight; and as was proved by the laborious eviction of the Nips from Attu and Kiska, not the least of these was weather. Now that the Aleutian campaign is over it might be valuable to discuss in a dispassionate manner some of the aspects of weather in the North Pacific theater and how they bear upon future operations. The strategists point out that one of the four approaches to the heart of the Japanese Empire, and the shortest approach of the four, is through the north. The considerable military establishment already existing, the occupation of the new northern bases and the growing friendly relations with Russia all indicate that Alaska is going to be maintained and quite possibly amplified.
One Way Is Through Alaska
By Commander H. B. Hutchinson, U. S. Navy