Leyte Gulf 1944 (1): The Battles of the Sibuyan Sea and Samar: Campaign

Autor Mark Stille Ilustrat de Jim Laurier
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 24 noi 2021
In October 1944, the US prepared to invade the Philippines to cut Japan off from its resource areas in Southeast Asia. The Japanese correctly predicted this, and prepared a complex operation to use the remaining strength of its navy to defend its possessions. This is the first in a two-part study of the October 23-26 Battle of Leyte Gulf, which resulted in a decisive defeat for the Japanese.In the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Imperial Japanese Navy's First Diversion Strike Force took part in two major actions during the course of the battle: the intense air attacks from US Navy carriers on October 24 (the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, which accounted for superbattleship Musashi), and the compelling action off Samar the following day. This book examines in detail why, following the Samar action, the Imperial Japanese Navy commander of the First Diversion Strike Force (Takeo Kurita) chose to ignore orders and break off the attack into Leyte Gulf-one of the two most controversial decisions of the entire battle. It also covers the Japanese planning for Leyte Gulf, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Imperial Japanese Navy in this phase of the war alongside the US Navy's planning and command arrangements.
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ISBN-13: 9781472842817
ISBN-10: 1472842812
Pagini: 96
Ilustrații: Colour illustrations throughout, including 2d maps, photographs, 3d diagrams, and battlescene artworks.
Dimensiuni: 184 x 248 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Osprey Publishing
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Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Leyte Gulf remains the largest naval battle in history, and one of the most significant actions of World War II. This two-volume examination of this major battle delves deeper into the strategies and actions used, using detailed maps and birds eye views to show how the battle developed.

Notă biografică

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) spent his naval career as an intelligence officer serving on the Joint Staff, the faculty of the Naval War College, and in the ship's company of two aircraft carriers. He is the author of over 50 Osprey titles, principally focusing on the naval history of the Pacific War. He recently retired from government service after a total of 39 years in the intelligence community and now lives in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.


IntroductionChronologyOpposing CommandersOpposing Forces and Orders of BattleOpposing PlansThe BattleAftermathThe Battlefield TodayBibliographyIndex


Plenty of archive photos as ever throughout the book, along with some fine artwork as we'd expect and some very good colour diagrams showing the two sides/individual ships and the courses they took during the different encounters. An interesting read and good value for money for a nice clear assessment of the story of what happened back in 1944.