The thesis of this essay is to find out the important decisions, planning and action taken by the american and japanese forces during leyte gulf operations, which was a major event of the battle in world war ii. The battle of leyte gulf started a few days after the allied forces, under the command of general douglas macarthur, landed in palo beach in leyte on october 20, 1944. Furnishes a blowbyblow account, based on new research, of the greatest naval battle in the history of warfare, a 1944 battle that almost became a disaster for the. Army officer michael parsons and his filipino comrades must rescue a prisoner jennings sturgeon from a japanese garris.
The japanese loss at leyte gulf effectively finished off their navy and gave the americans unchallenged dominance in the pacific for the rest of world war ii the philippines were crucial to the japanese war effort in. Battle of leyte gulf newspaper archives newspaperarchive. Army officer michael parsons and his filipino comrades must rescue a prisoner jennings sturgeon from a japanese garrison. The japanese plan called for a rearguard action on hills overlooking the beaches, with the main resistance along the mountainous spine of the island. Philippines english title premiere title target 111. The incredible story of world war iis largest naval battle ebook. Returning to the philippines, allied forces began landing on leyte on october 20. When a game goes out of print, im never sure whether to be sad its gone, or proud that we made a product successful enough to sell out.
Watch the raiders of leyte gulf movie trailers, exclusive videos, interviews from the cast, movie clips and more at. I unload some historical knowledge of mine on my favorite battle in the second world war. Japanese battleship nagato and a nachiclass cruiser under air attack during the battle of the sibuyan sea, 24 october 1944. The outcome would determine the fate of the philippines and the course of the war with japan. Caring corrupted the killing nurses of the third reich. Some will say theres too much detail but in a seminal book like this that detail is the point. Whatever the battles official name, after october 1944 the imperial navy was finished. They mobilized their forces against american forces. Battle of leyte gulf, october 2326, 1944, decisive air and sea battle of world war ii that crippled the japanese combined fleet, permitted u. Leyte gulf 1944 is a summary of this campaign, and includes aids such as a chronology, organizational charts, color maps, and diagrams of various engagements. Heres how a mother lightens her mental load mamamia.
On october 25, 1944, during the battle of the leyte gulf, the japanese deploy kamikaze divine wind suicide bombers against american warships for the first time. Ship types key cv fleet aircraftcarrier cvl light fleet aircraftcarrier bb battleship ca heavy cruiser cl light cruiser dd destroyer s sunk in this battle at leyte gulf the japanese fleet was organised into three forces, referred to in. Navy documentary depicts the sea battle at leyte gulf during the allied landings at mindoro in the phillipines during world war ii. Although only a local holiday in leyte, the leyte landing is commemorated every. From october 2326, 1944, the japanese navy unsuccessfully went up against the american navy off the coast of the philippines in one of the largest naval battles in history. The battle of leyte gulf ended an era, but it did not end the war. The battle for leyte gulf 2326 october 1944 d llewellyn james. Ballantines illustrated history of world war ii series. The combined battles of leyte gulf destroyed the imperial japanese navy as. The battle of leyte gulf naval history and heritage navy.
Japanese battleship musashi leaving brunei in 1944 for the battle of leyte gulf. February 29, 2020 the raiders of leyte gulf poster 1 design by. The raiders of leyte gulf is a 1963 philippineamerican film directed by eddie romero. Msn new zealand latest news, hotmail, outlook, photos. This action packed world war ii drama finds american army lieutenant grimm michael parsons and some philippine nationals out to rescue intelligence officer emmett wilson jennings sturgeon from. Welcome to the official uss leyte gulf facebook fan page sponsored by uss leyte gulf. The raiders of leyte gulf 1963 cast and crew moviefone. The battle of sibuyan sea, the battle of surigao strait, the battle of cape engano, and the battle of samar. Jul 02, 2015 the battle of leyte gulf most insane naval battle in history duration. At leyte gulf, the fate of the world war ii hung in the balance as the two mightiest navies on earth battled tooth and nail for the philippines.
Army officer michael parsons and his filipino comrades must rescue a prisoner jennings sturgeon from a. The battle for leyte gulf is an excellent descriptive account of the actions of both the japanese and the us navy in late october 1944. Leyte island includes seven airfields, six built by the japanese and one by american forces. Merrills marauders ballantines illustrated history of the violent century. The battle of leyte gulf was fought october 2326, 1944, during world war ii 19391945 and is considered the conflicts largest naval engagement. The worlds greatest sea battle campaign by bernard ireland, howard. The raiders of leyte gulf 1963 cast and crew during world war ii, a u. Ship types key cv fleet aircraftcarrier cvl light fleet aircraftcarrier bb battleship ca heavy cruiser cl light cruiser dd destroyer s sunk in this battle at leyte gulf the. Battle for leyte gulf strategic and tactical analysis v. It was the first film produced by the newlyformed hemisphere pictures. Moving up through prato, italy, men of the 370th infantry regiment, have yet.
On the south of the bay is mindanao island, separated from leyte by the surigao strait. Gubat ha leyte, 17 october 26 december 1944 in the pacific campaign of world war ii was the amphibious invasion of the island of leyte in the philippines by american forces and filipino guerrillas under the command of general douglas macarthur, who fought against the imperial japanese army in the philippines led by general tomoyuki. Dinagat island partly encloses the gulf to the southeast, and the small homonhon island and suluan island. 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. All that aside, the battle for leyte gulf cannot really be said to have been won unless the battle of ormoc bay is included as part of it. Labanan sa look ng leyte is considered to have been the largest naval battle of world war ii and is, by some criteria, a contender for the title largest naval battle in history, with over 200,000 naval personnel involved. First published in hardcover on the battles fiftieth anniversary in 1994 and drawing on materials not. The battle of leyte gulf consisted of four separate major engagements between the opposing forces. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app. Leyte gulf, battle ofthe uss princeton engulfed in flames after being.
The battle of leyte gulf took place on october 2326 1944 at the phillipines. Battle of leyte gulf, october 2326, 1944, decisive air and sea battle of. The battle of leyte gulf is the biggest naval battle in history, with 282 ships involved. Halseys third fleet including tf 34, its powerful fast battleships away from the leyte gulf area. Battle history of the imperial japanese navy by paul s. Japanese high seas fleet the panballantine illustrated history of world war ii by richard. The bay is part of the philippine sea of the pacific ocean, and is bounded by two islands. The battle was fought between the american forces and the imperial japanese navy and took place close to the philippines islands of leyte, luzon and samar, in the. Apr 23, 2012 surviving the largest naval battle in history battle of leyte gulf duration. With the help of a few americans, philippine guerrilla fighters attack the japanese in. Her design plans were based upon japans belief that a powerful navysporting big guns were the key to control the pacific by intimidation. The invasion of leyte king ii october 1720, 1944 the battle of leyte gulf october 2326, 1944. Battle of leyte gulf in pictures war history online.
Us navy cruiser deploys to europe, middle east naval today. Victory at sea ep 19 the battle for leyte gulf addeddate 20080727 22. Battle of leyte date october 20 december 31, 1944 location leyte island, philippines victor decisive allied victory contenders united states philippine commonwealth australia empire of japan second philippine republic military leaders douglas macarthur walter krueger franklin c. Battle of leyte gulf american planned to free philippines from thejapanese.
This rugged locationshot war actioner dramatizes events leading up to one of the key pacific battles between allied and japanese forces. It may well be regarded as the largest naval battle in military history. The raiders of leyte gulf movie trailer and videos tv guide. It was also a part of philippines campaign to isolatejapanese from south east asia. Comprises 4 scenarios of the different phases of the battle. Leyte gulf 2326 october 1944 japanese order of battle.
It begins by setting the stageinformation about the two fleets, their leadership and their strategies. Most of the films in this subgenre are undistinguished and difficult to enjoy, but raiders is bad even by romeros standards, a singularly uninspiring and exceedingly dull attempt at a war story. Battle of leyte gulf simple english wikipedia, the free. It was the first film produced by the newlyformed hemisphere pictures, a threeway partnership involving filipino director eddie romero, american producers kane w. With leopoldo salcedo, michael parsons, efren reyes, jennings sturgeon.
The uss nimitz aircraft carrier held a ceremony at sea monday to remember the sailors who fought in the battle of leyte gulf, which is considered to be the largest naval contest of world war ii. During the summer and fall of 1944, historys greatest naval battles raged in the western pacific ocean, as the united states fought to finally subdue the japanese empire, and the imperial navy put up fanatical resistance to the last possible moment. Yamato battleship, 19411945 in the battle of leyte gulf, 2226 october 1944 yamato, along with her sister ship musashi, were the largest battleships ever built in history. Italian cruisers of world war ii new vanguard, band 258. As american forces pushed toward japan in the summer of 1944, military planners decided to bypass the philippine islands. German general staff ballantines illustrated history of the violent century. Leyte gulf what an excellent summary of the naval actions around leyte during october,1944. The raiders of leyte gulf 1962 the raiders of leyte gulf.
The conclusion of this largely unheralded fifth battle for leyte gulf paved the way for the occupation of the key islands of mindoro and luzon, bringing the entire archipelago swiftly under allied control. The battle of leyte gulf officially entered the books as the second battle of the philippine sea, though most of the action occurred nearly one thousand miles from the june turkey shoot. The raiders of leyte gulf jennings sturgeon michael parsons efren reyes 1963 during world war ii, a u. The united states planned to retake the philippine islands from the japanese empire as they saw the islands as a vital naval base of operations to start its island hopping campaign. Renowned military historian, hedley paul willmott, examines this decisive naval engagement in the battle of leyte gulf. Leyte was the first island in the philippine archipelago to liberated by american forces. Fuchidas raiders had also failed to damage pearl harbors repair shops. Jennings sturgeon emmett wilson, michael parsons lieutenant robert grimm, efren reyes captain shirai akira, eddie mesa angel zabala, leopoldo salcedo colonel lino sebastian, liza moreno aida rivas, oscar keesee jr. The battle of leyte gulf was fought from october 2326 1944 and was the largest naval battle of world war ii.
Leyte province northern leyte province locations leyte gulf located to the east of leyte. The raiders of leyte gulf 1963 during world war ii, a u. The resulting battle of leyte gulf 2325 october 1944 was the largest naval battle in history and ended in a decisive american victory. The battle of leyte gulf most insane naval battle in history duration. Low png, 319x319px, 64kb med jpeg, 1280x1280px, 189kb high tiff, 5674x4530px, 25mb title. Credits courtesy of the united states military academy department of history. Navys guidedmissile cruiser uss leyte gulf cg 55 and helicopter maritime strike squadron hsm 60 departed naval station norfolk on march 27 for a sixmonth deployment to the navys 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation. Purchase give a gift manage subscription download ios app newsletters. Us navy cruiser deploys to europe, middle east zoom u.
It was fought in waters near the philippine islands of leyte, samar, and luzon, from 2326 october 1944, between combined american. The raiders of leyte gulf 1962 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The philippines leyte gulf 20 october 194415 august 1945. Nimitz sailors pay tribute to those who fought in wwiis. It was an important battle for the war in the pacific. The battle was part of world war ii, and happened in the seas near the philippines island of leyte. Examine each incredible engagement and see the strategies of the greatest naval battle in history unfold in this riveting account. The battle of leyte gulf, was the biggest naval battle in modern history. Leyte gulf is a gulf in the eastern visayan region in the philippines.
An american intelligence agent is captured by the japanese in the philippines during world war ii. The raiders of leyte gulf is yet another black and white ww2 flick shot in the philippines in the early 1960s by exploitation director eddie romero. General macarthur surveys the beachhead on leyte island, soon after. Kangleon tomoyuki yamashita sosaku suzuki shiro makino unit strength 200,000. Mar 28, 2017 us navy cruiser deploys to europe, middle east zoom u. Doug bister, military trader magazine i would recommend this book as a reference for anyone interested in warships and naval warfare and of course world war ii. Bull halsey charts of the battle links sources uss enterprise cv6. Responding, the imperial japanese navy launched plan shogo 1. It took place from 23 october to 26 october 1944, between the allies and the empire of japan. The battle off samar the struggle of a american escort carrier unit, and its destroyers against the enemy main force the battle for leyte gulf a brief account the actions the forces the us warships the aircraft third fleet in typhoon cobra, december 1944 admiral william f. The battle for leyte gulf october 2326 1944 the japanese surface forces.388 700 1460 529 475 1372 1440 8 1567 1391 194 647 1103 1234 1163 1059 1356 567 451 913 1535 456 1558 477 1058 1554 200 139 532 1132 939 1321 1137 1115 229 1501 1130 519 1210 250 1487 803 1326 252 686