Phil Zimmer of Jamestown recently spoke to the Westfield/Mayville Rotary about two important but relatively unknown battles that significantly shaped World War II. Both occurred in 1939. One was the Battle of Nomonhan which involved the Soviet Union and the Japanese along the Manchurian-Mongolian border. The other was the Aleutian Islands campaign where U.S. forces worked to pry the determined Japanese from American soil. Zimmer, introduced by Rotarian Ann E. Weidman, is a U.S. Army veteran, writes for a number of military publications, and volunteers at the Robert H. Jackson Center where he assists in interviewing World War II veterans.