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The Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October, 1944
     

The Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October, 1944

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by Thomas J. Cutler
 

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ISBN-10: 1557502439

ISBN-13: 9781557502438

Pub. Date: 03/28/2014

Publisher: Naval Institute Press


The last great naval battle of World War II, Leyte Gulf also is remembered as the biggest naval battle ever fought anywhere, and this book has been called the best account of it ever written. First published in hardcover on the battle's fiftieth anniversary in 1994 and drawing on materials not previously available, it blends history with human drama to give a real

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The last great naval battle of World War II, Leyte Gulf also is remembered as the biggest naval battle ever fought anywhere, and this book has been called the best account of it ever written. First published in hardcover on the battle's fiftieth anniversary in 1994 and drawing on materials not previously available, it blends history with human drama to give a real sense of what happened--despite the mammoth scope of the battle. Every facet of naval warfare was involved in the struggle that engaged some two hundred thousand men and 282 American, Japanese, and Australian ships over more than a hundred thousand square miles of sea. That Tom Cutler succeeded at such a difficult task is no surprise. The award-winning author saw combat service aboard many types of ships during his naval career, and as a historian and professor of strategy and policy at the Naval War College, he has studied the battle for many years.

Cutler captures the milieu, analyzes the strategy and tactics employed, and re-creates the experiences of the participants--from seaman to admiral, both Japanese and American. It is a story replete with awe-inspiring heroism, failed intelligence, flawed strategy, brilliant deception, great controversies, and a cast of characters with names like Halsey, Nimitz, Ozawa, and MacArthur. Such an exciting and revealing account of the battle is unlikely to be equaled by future writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557502438
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
03/28/2014
Series:
Bluejacket Books Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
616,035
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsxi
Prefacexiii
Prologuexvii
Part I * Preludes *
1 CINCSOWESPAC3
2 COMINCH11
3 CINCPAC25
4 COMTHIRDFLT37
5 "We Will Fight You All!"45
Part II * The Return *
6 King Two53
7 "We Sailed Quietly East in the Dark of Night"62
8 "Strike!"74
Part III * First Blood *
9 Of Sorties, Submarines, and Coffee83
10 Dangerous Ground94
Part IV * 24 October 1944 *
11 TG 38.3113
12 Sibuyan and Sulu Seas135
13 "Start Them North"154
Part V * Night of 24-25 October 1944 *
14 Exits and Entrances169
15 Midwatch inSurigao Strait182
16 Curtain Call194
17 Friction andFog206
Part VI * 25 October 1944 *
18 "Charge of the Light Brigade"219
19 "The World Wonders"249
20 "Divine Wind"265
Part VII * Aftermath *
21 Long Nights277
22 Epitaph283
Source Notes299
Bibliography315
Acknowledgments329
Index331
Maps
Philippines4
Starting Points and Routes Followed by Japanese Forces63
Approach of the Japanese Forces90
Kurita's Formation in Palawan Passage97
Battle of Surigao Strait183
Situation on the Morning of 25 October220
Battle of Samar Begins223

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October, 1944 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
savoy6 More than 1 year ago
I agree that this is one of the best WWII Pacific histories books I have read. Well researched and well written. I enjoyed it thoroughly and learned much. This book has enough background of what was going on in the Pacific at the time making it a captivating story through and through. It holds a particular place for me for my father was there on the USS Monterey. I have his meticulous diaries in my hand as I write this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Battle of the Leyte Gulf was one of the best WWII Pacific histories I have read. It was extremely engaging and very well researched. This author is very smart and obviously had a purpose for writing this book. Battle for the Leyte Gulf is both a very educational book and a very engaging one. I enjoyed it thoroughly and learned much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and a very quick read. It presents a good history of the battle by telling a captivating story through soldiers personal experiences.