Preface to the 1995 Edition
PART ONE Buckner's War
CHAPTER ONE Japan Steams North
CHAPTER TWO "You Will Be Governed by the
Principle of Calculated Risk"
CHAPTER THREE The Battle of Dutch Harbor:
The First Day
CHAPTER FOUR The Battle of Dutch Harbor:
The Second Day
CHAPTER FIVE Buckner's Beehive
CHAPTER SIX "The Airfield Is for Use Either
by Ourselves or by the Enemy,
Whichever Gets There First"
PART TWO Eareckson's War
CHAPTER SEVEN The Forward Blitz
CHAPTER EIGHT Mission to Seek and Destroy
Enemy in Alaska
CHAPTER NINE "When You Could See a Hundred
Feet, That Was a Clear Day"
CHAPTER TEN The Navy's Spring Plowing
CHAPTER ELEVEN Foward to Adak
CHAPTER TWELVE "I had a Sheep-Lined Fur Parka-
And Then I had One to Wear Outdoors"
PART THREE Kinkaid's War
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Kinkaid's Blockade
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Battle of the Komandorskis
CHAPTER FIFTEEN "The Hunger Was Maddening..."
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Operation Landcrab
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Battle of Attu
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Raids on Paramushiro
CHAPTER NINETEEN Battle of the Pips
CHAPTER TWENTY The Invasion of Kiska
Appendix One Further Discussion of the
Appendix Two Further Discussion of the
Battle of the Pips
Bibliographic Addendum 1995
Tall, handsome, charming Col. Richard Meinertzhagen (1878–1967) was an acclaimed British war hero, a secret agent, and a dean of international ornithology. His exploits inspired three biographies, movies have been based on his life, and a square in Jerusalem is dedicated to his memory. Meinertzhagen was trusted by Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, T. E. Lawrence, Elspeth Huxley, and a great many others. He bamboozled them all. Meinertzhagen was a fraud. Many of the adventures recorded in his celebrated diaries were imaginary, including a meeting with Hitler while he had a loaded pistol in his pocket, an attempt to rescue the Russian royal family in 1918, and a shoot-out with Arabs in Haifa when he was seventy years old. True, he was a key player in Middle Eastern events after World War I, and during the 1930s he represented Zionism's interests in negotiations with Germany. But he also set up Nazi front organizations in England, committed a half-century of major and costly scientific fraud, and -- oddly -- may have been innocent of many killings to which he confessed (e.g., the murder of his own polo groom -- a crime of which he cheerfully boasted, although the evidence suggests it never occurred at all). Further, he may have been guilty of at least one homicide of which he professed innocence. A compelling read about a flamboyant rogue, The Meinertzhagen Mystery shows how recorded history reflects not what happened, but what we believe happened.