By Anthony P. Tully
Surigao Strait within the Philippine Islands was once the scene of a tremendous battleship duel throughout the conflict of Leyte Gulf. as the conflict used to be fought at evening and had few survivors at the eastern facet, the occasions of that naval engagement were handed down in garbled money owed. Anthony P. Tully pulls jointly all the present documentary fabric, together with newly stumbled on money owed and a cautious research of U.S. army motion reviews, to create a brand new and extra exact description of the motion. in numerous respects, Tully's narrative differs greatly from the acquired models and represents a huge ancient corrective. additionally integrated within the e-book are a few formerly unpublished photos and charts that convey a clean standpoint to the conflict.
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Then, if practical, Luzon with its massed defenses and Yamashita’s army would be skipped. MacArthur, who was eager to liberate the whole archipelago, especially the capital, Manila, found even this hard to stomach, but he accepted it as tolerable and submitted plans. He rightly felt that once they captured Leyte and the central Philippines there would be momentum to liberate Luzon. 3 Whether Formosa or Leyte would be the next target remained in question until the debate was resolved by an important report and recommendation from Admiral Halsey in September.
The same morning the long-feared Allied invasion finally took place. ” Sunrise, Friday, October 20, 1944, over Leyte Gulf revealed to the Japanese an awesome armada, one of the largest and most powerful assemblies ever concentrated in the Pacific. Emerging from its obscurity and the shroud of conflicting and confusing reports since October 9, the invasion forces of General Douglas MacArthur now stood plainly on the stage. Well over seven hundred vessels—including six battleships—were gathered east of Leyte and the gulf entrance alone, while beyond Suluan island over the horizon to the northeast stood the four fast-carrier task groups and screen of Vice Admiral William F.
Nor was it expected to do so. That task fell to Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet and its crack Task Force 38, whose carrier groups under Rear Admiral Marc A. Mitscher had just finished savaging the Japanese land-based air in the battle of Formosa. Now they were hovering like a menacing monsoon in the open waters of the Philippine Sea. Three mighty task forces, a single one far superior to Ozawa’s Main Force even if that force’s embarked aircraft had been at full strength, stood ready to crush any Japanese fleet that came into range of its swarms of aircraft.