Explore the history of Skira Island, the fictional setting for Codemasters upcoming Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, coming in October for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Skira Island has long been a place of turmoil. Luckily its real-life inspiration, Kiska Island, which was the scene of much strife during World War II. In 1942 the Japanese captured the island, one of the Rat Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, owned by the United States. After staging several bombing runs, the Allies brought in a force of 34,426 troops in 1943, only to discover that the Japanese had evacuated the island under cover of fog without the Allies noticing. Despite encountering no human opposition, booby traps and friendly fire caused close to 200 casualties.

Now the site is a U.S. Historic Landmark. Unfortunately its fictional counterpart hasn't fared nearly as well.