Leyte 1944: Return to the Philippines

Leyte 1944: Return to the Philippines


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Leyte 1944: Return to the Philippines by Clayton Chun, Giuseppe Rava

The loss of the Phillipines in 1942 was the worst defeat in American military history. General Douglas MacArthur, the 'Lion of Luzon', was evacuated by order of the President just before the fall, but he vowed to return, and in August 1944 he kept his word when he led the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific War to date on the island of Leyte. This is the full story of that fateful battle, one of the most ferocious campaigns of World War II and one of huge strategic and symbolic significance. Preceding it had been the largest naval battle ever fought: the battle of Leyte Gulf, in which the Imperial Japanese Navy was decisively crushed. This paved the way for four divisions of Lieutenant-General Krueger's Sixth Army to spear-head the assault. In the face of stubborn Japanese resistance, including the first systematic use of kamikaze attacks, the US forces ground slowly forwards before another amphibious assault took the vital position of Ormoc in the last decisive battle of the campaign.

Based on extensive research in the US Army's Military History Institute, along with other archival and veteran sources, this important study sheds new light on the operation that saw the US finally return to the Phillipines and in doing so placed another nail firmly in the coffin of the Japanese Empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472806901
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Campaign Series , #282
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,188,070
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Clayton K.S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the U.S. Army War College faculty at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on national security, strategy, and economics. He completed a military career in the U.S. Air Force and has published work in the fields of national security, military history, and economics. The author lives in Boiling Springs, PA.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

Chronology 9

Opposing Commanders 12

US commanders

Japanese commanders

Opposing Forces 16

US forces

Japanese forces in the Philippines

Order of battle

Opposing Plans 24

US plans

Japanese plans

The Campaign 30

Initial moves

A-Day: October 20

A-Day+1: On to Leyte Valley

The Battle of Leyte Gulf

Securing the Leyte Valley

Kenney's air power grounded

Securing the Ormoc Valley

Suzuki's last gamble: Burauen

From Deposito to Ormoc

The last stand: Palompon

Aftermath 88

The Battlefield Today 93

Further Reading 94

Index 95

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