A fascinating re-examination of the battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval encounter in history and probably the most decisive naval battle of the entire Pacific War, and one that saw the Imperial Japanese Navy eliminated as an effective fighting force and forced to resort to suicide tactics.
Leyte was a huge and complex action, actually consisting of four major battles, each of which are broken down in detail in this book, using original sources. The plans of both sides, and how they dictated the events that followed, are also examined critically.
So much of the accepted wisdom of the battle has developed from the many myths that surround it, myths that have become more firmly established over time. In this new study, Pacific War expert Mark Stille examines the key aspects of this complex battle with new and insightful analysis and dismantles the myths surrounding the respective actions and overall performances of the two most important commanders in the battle, and the “lost victory” of the Japanese advance into Leyte Gulf that never happened.
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Table of Contents
(Subject to confirmation) Introduction: The Myths of Leyte Gulf Chapter 1: The Road to Leyte Gulf Chapter 2: The Japanese Plan: Another Decisive Battle Chapter 3: Two Navies, Two Different Directions Chapter 4: MacArthur Returns Chapter 5: The Adventure of the Center Force Chapter 6: A Naval Execution: The Battle of Surigao Strait Chapter 7: The Myth of Samar Chapter 8: Kurita's Brave Decision Chapter 9: Halsey's Race to the North – Folly or Justified? Chapter 10: The Final Actions Chapter 11: The Reckoning Index