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The Army Corps of Engineers' Assignment

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Stretching 1,500 miles through the sub-arctic wilderness, the Alaskan Highway was built to defend Americans from threats in the Pacific. The monumental job was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers. The order was deceptively simple: build a road to Alaska as fast as possible. The Corps rushed over 10,000 men and 250,000 tons of equipment, materials, and supplies north on troop trains.

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Arctic Challenges

Arctic Challenges

By September of 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers building the Alaska Highway had struck permafrost—ground ...

Clearing the Way

Clearing the Way

To clear a path for the road, a lead bulldozer, flanked by two others, tore into the dirt and knocked down ...

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