Author discusses book on World War II importance of Kuril Islands

Positioned South of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, and North of Japan, the little known Kuril Islands played a pivotal role in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend  spoke with historian  John H. Cloe about his book “Mission to the Kurils” detailing the Islands’ significance to American airmen during that war, and about their continued role in global politics.

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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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