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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. First published in hardcover on the battle's fiftieth anniversary in 1994 and drawing on materials not previously available, it blends history with human drama to give a real sense ofThe 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. First published in hardcover on the battle's fiftieth anniversary in 1994 and drawing on materials not previously available, it blends history with human drama to give a real sense of what happened--despite the mammoth scope of the battle. Every facet of naval warfare was involved in the struggle that engaged some two hundred thousand men and 282 American, Japanese, and Australian ships over more than a hundred thousand square miles of sea. That Tom Cutler succeeded at such a difficult task is no surprise. The award-winning author saw combat service aboard many types of ships during his naval career, and as a historian and professor of strategy and policy at the Naval War College, he has studied the battle for many years. Cutler captures the milieu, analyzes the strategy and tactics employed, and re-creates the experiences of the participants--from seaman to admiral, both Japanese and American. It is a story replete with awe-inspiring heroism, failed intelligence, flawed strategy, brilliant deception, great controversies, and a cast of characters with names like Halsey, Nimitz, Ozawa, and MacArthur. Such an exciting and revealing account of the battle is unlikely to be equaled by future writers....

Title : Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October 1944
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ISBN : 9781557502438
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Number of Pages : 376 Pages
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Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October 1944 Reviews

  • Greg Gates
    2019-03-10 05:27

    At Junior College I came across Samuel Eliot Morison's History of United States Naval Operations in World War II that I found my second favorite naval battle of WWII - the Battle of Leyte Gulf.Wow! What an epic battle - the largest the world had seen to date and never again to be repeated.Mr. Cutler does an outstanding job of getting you sucked in to situations where you actually begin to worry for the lives of all these sailors and soldiers.It includes General MacArthur's famous return to the Philippines, the world's two largest battleships (a heavy cruiser larger than the US Navy's four largest battleships), an attacking submarine that runs aground and is more than 2/3's out of the water, a famous US Admiral that chases after a decoy leaving the beachhead to take care of themselves, brave PT-boat crews, pilots attacking without any ordinance, a handful of destroyers and destroyer escorts taking on a fleet of battleships, heavy cruisers and destroyers. This book also includes my all time favorite aerial dogfight with my favorite pilot and favorite plane - Commander David McCampbell flying Minsi III - a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat where he shoots down 9 enemy planes in one flight!!!

  • James Christensen
    2019-02-27 06:43

    Well written story of the largest naval battle in history between US & Japan in the Philipines - last major confrontation before the end of WW2. One very notable story is that of Ernest E. Evans, Captain of Johnston, USS, who died heroically in fighting to the bitter and deadly end with his destroyer - his motto being, "never retreat from the enemy" - full blooded Cherokee - fascinating what he and his crew did.

  • Franz
    2019-03-21 03:46

    Battles are not in and of themselves fascinating. It is the circumstances that lead to battles, the leaders who orchestrate those battles, and the individuals who fight that make them fascinating. The Battle of Leyte Gulf was a battle between opposing nations whose fortunes could not have been more different. The Americans knew the war was over; they had won. It was just a matter of details, logistics, and a few more crushing victories before they could go home. The Japanese also knew the war was over, but honor and the warrior code meant that they continued to fight. The Imperial Japanese Navy left the safety of their home waters on a suicide mission that should have been another defeat at the hands of the Americans. But, a blunder by the Americans, a failure by the Japanese to take advantage, and heroism on the part of many individuals is what makes the Battle of Leyte Gulf fascinating.Cutler's work on The Battle of Leyte Gulf is the second book I have read on the subject. The first, Sea of Thunder, was also excellent, but focused primarily on the fleet commanders and the Battle of Samar (a sub-battle of the overall Leyte Gulf operation). This book does a much better job of giving an overview of the entire operation. The book continues to challenge several of the Admirals' actions (both Japanese and American) and left me continuing to believe that having a divided American command prevented an overwhelming victory. The Japanese didn't have their heart in this battle. If the Americans truly had a "Theater" commander, they could have destroyed both the Japanese Battleship and Carrier fleets.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

  • Cherry Williams
    2019-03-25 05:20

    The pinnacle of naval history books about the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Splendid, masterful, suspenseful account of the largest naval battle in WW2. Fit to take pride of place among other accounts of that titanic battle such as Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailor, Sea of Thunder, and C. Vann Woodward's book, The Battle for Leyte Gulf. Mr. Cutler's book is so rich and layered for he was a naval historian, serving officer,and had the opportunity to interview many who were there while they were still young. I'll always remember the gripping account of the soldier on Leyte hiding in the jungle and scouting the Japanese who was forced to lie quietly in a muddy ditch while poisonous insects slithered and crawled over him and under his clothes while Japanese soldiers stood just above him. Highly rated.

  • Todd Gandy
    2019-03-25 02:40

    The Naval Institute Press always seems to produce to good work, and this is no exception. An all encompassing book about the largest naval battle in history. Cutler's examination of Halsey's motives forms a large portion of the book and I must agree with him. Halsey fell into the perfect trap, but had good reasons for doing so. I would probably have made the same choice if placed in his shoes. The whole book builds to the crescendo of the Battle of the Surigao Straight. Then, even though you know it's coming, blindsides you with the fury and terror and courage of the Battle Off Samar. Well done.

  • Ron Luty
    2019-03-14 05:28

    Great Book. Good for people like me. I know a bit about WWII more land battles but I do know of the big battles(Midway Guadal canal) of the seas. Mr Cutler does a great job of explaining the strategy and the battle without loosing you in too much detail. Very good footnotes with descriptions and like how he brought in stories from the men who were actually there. Shows both sides but leans towards the American side (understandable) but good to see from both points. If you want to know about the last big naval battle read this book, or just another reason to be amazed by our combat soldiers in WWII. Keep them in our memory always, why it is important to keep these stories going.

  • Larry
    2019-03-20 00:48

    Cutler's book does a good analytical job of making sense of the largest naval battle in history--one that ended the offensive operations of the Japanese navy as a fleet. The battle was made up of five component battles, each one a major action on its own. In addition to making the action clear, Cutler places the battle(s) in historical context. Indeed, the first two hundred pages set up the battles. (The greatest quote in the book comes from a crewman on a baby flattop when being fired at by two Japanese battleships (the Yamato, in particular) and several cruisers. Japanese shells used dye packs to mark their fall and they came in several colors. "They're shooting at us in technicolor.")

  • Leif Herrgesell
    2019-02-27 07:46

    As a Navy man, historian and author I was just thrilled with this book. A great read, skillfully crafted to supply all of the various perspectives on a complicated series of naval engagements. A page turner replete with exacting details anecdotal stories that provided a human level to a gargantuan event. It may not be a primary source but still a great resource and starting place for anyone writing about or researching the battle for the Philippines in 1944.

  • Daryl
    2019-03-02 03:28

    An interesting, enjoyable and gruesom description of war management and decisions. The book clearly the triad of human ego, friction caused by lack of a common picture and fog of uncertainty residing with missing intelligence that has occured in all wars since clubs were weapons of mass destruction.

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-10 03:38

    Very accessible account of the largest naval battle in modern times. I'm not familiar with the Pacific Theater of WWII, so I appreciated the background information provided on the major characters. My only wish was more detailed account from the Japanese perspective (however, I realize those records may not exist).

  • Josh Liller
    2019-02-23 01:35

    A recent and reasonably solid overview of the battle. However, reading this (again) in the wake of "Shattered Sword" demonstrates how much this book is lacking. It's good but simply fails to be sufficiently comprehensive of the largest naval battle in history.

  • -ed- Erwin
    2019-03-03 05:38

    This is THE definitive study of Leyte. Cutler is an insightful historian and an excellent writer. He pulls no punches, but tells the tale with all the excitement the largest naval battle in history deserves.

  • Michael
    2019-03-21 05:31

    Excellent account of the strategic, operational, and the tactical methods used to prosecute the destruction of the Japanese Imperial fleet. I read this book due to coursework I'm pursuing. In conclusion i'm interested to read more about the naval battles in the Pacific. A must read for WWII buffs

  • Jim Dolbow
    2019-03-21 08:35

    The only book you need to read about this important sea battle. Don't waste your time with others

  • Bob
    2019-03-18 03:31

    Very good. Author provided various views based on known facts and reliable estimates after researching the men involved. I highly recommend it.

  • Mumbler
    2019-03-02 00:25

    This was pretty well-told. It was not the excellent book I got the impression of, from the rating and a number of reviews here.

  • James
    2019-03-21 08:36

    Great book about the battle

  • Vince Eastwood
    2019-03-22 05:31

    This was the mission the Allies put together to liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation during World War 2.

  • Bill Mason
    2019-03-03 03:38

    If you love WWII history and the bravery of the Greatest Generation...this is a good one. Covers the entire battle.

  • Frank Larizza
    2019-02-27 04:33

    Probably one of the best accounts written about Letye Gulf.

  • Michael
    2019-03-06 06:46

    Epic read for a very important battle.

  • Elh52
    2019-02-22 01:41

    I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the best dissections of a battle I've ever read (right up there with Saratoga, which is on this list). Thanks for loaning it to me, Cracker.