The Last Epic Naval Battle

The Last Epic Naval Battle

Voices From Leyte Gulf

Book - 2005
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Often overshadowed by other Pacific War engagements such as Midway or Guadalcanal, the Battle of Leyte Gulf was characterized by some of the most gallant hours in seagoing history: the U.S. Navy's defeat of the combined Japanese fleet during the invasion of the Philippines in October 1944. Involving more ships than even the gargantuan First World War Battle of Jutland and two hundred thousand men, it was the biggest naval battle in world history. It marked the last time that huge capital ships fought within sight and sound of each other. Using the personal accounts of the men who were there, Sears tells this mammoth and compelling story.
Uses personal accounts of the veterans who achieved victory in the biggest and last great naval battle, largely fought with aging ships, untested reserve crews, and teenaged combat aircraft pilots.

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Taking place in October 1944, the Battle of Leyte Gulf was the biggest naval battle in world history. Drawing upon the personal accounts of participants, Sears describes how the American forces overcame overwhelming odds to defeat the combined Japanese fleet during the invasion of the Philippines. The volume is illustrated with b&w historical photographs. Sears is a business consultant with a special research interest in military leadership. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
ISBN: 9780275985202
Branch Call Number: 940.54259 Sears 2005
Characteristics: xxxvi, 208 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm


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