Operation "Cottage"

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    Operation "Cottage" - the code name for the operation of the US Army, aimed at the release of the Japanese island of Kyska during the Pacific campaign in the Second World War. The operation took place from 15 to 24 August 1943. The seizure of the island of Kyska is a truly unique case in the history of wars, when the Japanese army did not suffer any losses, and the Americans lost more than 300 people killed and wounded. Also, one destroyer, which exploded on the mine, was damaged. In fact, this operation consisted entirely of "friendly fire", and the American army valiantly liberated the island, which was not a single Japanese.
     
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    It was a cluster fuck almost from the very beginning, all intelligence our commanders had was ignored basically because it was a psychological moral booster for the folks back home, it had to be seen as us retaking the islands. Plus the two commanders were completely at odds with one another. It was the only time since the War of 1812 that American soil had been invaded and occupied and yes it is an American island, not a Japanese island. The retaking of Attu had been quite costly we had just over 3,800 casualties (549 KIA) to the Japanese 2,650 of which only 29 were taken alive.
    The terrain and weather played the major role as did the fresh memory of the Japanese fighting on Attu resulting in the friendly fire casualties on Kiska.
     
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    friendly fire is part of all wars
    a lot of battles are ''clusterf**ks''
    there was FF in PG1--with all our modern technology/etc
    a quick search gives me out of 300 casualties:
    117 not FF
    How The US Suffered 300 Casualties Storming An Empty Island In WWII
    r/AskHistorians - Operation Cottage: Allied troops land on an island with literally no enemies, and managed lose more than 30 troops with more wounded, due to friendly fire. What exactly went wrong?
    unique--but not that unique

    Friendly Fire during the Vietnam War
     
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    Kiska wasn't a "Japanese Island" It was part of the Alaskan Aleutian chain of islands briefly occupied by Japan. Operation Cottage might have been only the second time in history that U.S. and Canadian troops fired on each other.
     

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