Enemy Offshore

Enemy Offshore!

Japan's Secret War on North America's West Coast

ISBN 9781927527535
Softcover | Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

On June 20, 1942, the lighthouse at Estevan Point on Vancouver Island was shelled by the Japanese submarine I-26. It was the first enemy attack on Canadian soil since the War of 1812. But this was only one incident in the incredible and little-known Japanese campaign to terrorize North America’s west coast and mount an invasion through the Aleutian Islands.

Enemy Offshore is a dramatic, comprehensive narrative of the events that unfolded as Japan brought the Second World War to North American shores. Submarines—Japan’s formidable I-boats—stalked the West Coast, attacking ships and shore stations. A Japanese aircraft-carrier force attacked Alaska twice, grabbing a footing in North America and launching a bloody conflict in the Aleutians. The Japanese bombed an Oregon forest in an eccentric plan to start mass fires and desperately launched thousands of bomb-laden balloons against Canada and the United States.

Here are also the stories of ordinary citizens—fishermen, Natives and wilderness warriors who allied with the military in the extraordinary but largely unknown war on the West Coast.

About the Author(s)

Brendan Coyle was born and raised in New Westminster, BC. He is the author of the bestselling book War on our Doorstep. His freelance articles on BC historical topics have appeared in the Times-Colonist, Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers as well as in various diving publications. In 2003 he addressed the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service in New York on the importance of preserving the Kiska Island battlefield in Alaska.


“Coyle and Arnis provide a good introduction to a subject that might be unknown to general readers. The book is an easy read, perhaps even possible in the 90-minute Saanich-Tsawwassen ferry ride or waiting in line for a missed ferry.” —Chris Madsen, Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord