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Private, Le Régiment de Hull, Alaska, August 1943

Caption: Private, Le Régiment de Hull, Alaska, August 1943

This reconstruction by Ron Volstad shows a member of Le Régiment de Hull, a Francophone militia unit that took part in the American-led reconquest of Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The regiment landed on Kiska Island in August 1943, but saw no combat because the Japanese had already left in secret. The Outaouais troops remained on in this extremely cold location until January 1944. For this joint operation with the American forces, the Canadians used U.S. helmets and equipment in combination with their Canadian uniforms and weapons. (Canadian Department of National Defence)