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"Taking place in October 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf was the biggest naval battle in world history. Drawing upon the personal accounts of participants, Sears describes how the American forces overcame overwhelming odds to defeat the combined Japanese fleet during the invasion of the Philippines. The volume is illustrated with B&W historical photographs. Sears is a business consultant with a special research interest in military leadership."
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"This fascinating book offers yet another story of the Navy's victory over the combined Japanese fleet during the U.S. invasion of the Philippines in October 1944. It was the largest battle in naval campaign history, marking the last time major capital ships fought within sight and sound of each other….The author's account relates events from the viewpoints of 60 seamen and airmen, including ship and PT boat commanders, pilots, gunner's mates, firemen, and torpedomen. He sees the true margin of victory coming from surprising quarters; aging ships risen from the graveyard of the attack on Pearl Harbor; small hastily constructed ships with largely untested reserve crews; fragile support ships never intended for battles on that scale; and combat aircraft piloted by teenages….By concentrating this book on deckplate and cockpit operations, heavily flavored with the heartfelt personal recollections of Leyte Gulf veterans, he has added an invaluable perspective to naval history."
"Reading eyewitness accounts of these … Leyte actions makes this an enthralling book to read and I thoroughly recommend it."
The Naval Review