The Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October 1944

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Naval Institute Press, Oct 14, 2013 - History - 343 pages
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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 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.
  

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Review: The Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October 1944

User Review  - Leif Herrgesell - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: The Battle of Leyte Gulf: 23-26 October 1944

User Review  - Bob - Goodreads

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

Contents

CINCSOWESPAC
3
COMINCH
11
CINCPAC
25
Philippines 4
32
COMTHIRDFLT
37
We Will Fight You All
47
King Two
53
Starting Points and Routes Followed by Japanese Forces
63
Battle of Surigao Strait
184
Midwatch in Surigao Strait
185
Curtain Call
194
Friction and Fog
206
Charge of the Light Brigade
219
Situation on the Morning of 25 October
220
The World Wonders
249
Divine Wind
265

We Sailed Quietly East in the Dark of Night
65
Strike
74
Of Sorties Submarines and Coffee
83
Dangerous Ground
94
Kuritas Formation in Palawan Passage
97
24 October 1944
111
Start Them North
154
Exits and Entrances
169
Long Nights
277
Epitaph
283
Source Notes
299
Bibliography
315
Acknowledgments
329
Battle of Samar Begins 223
336
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About the author (2013)

Thomas J. Cutler is a retired lieutenant commander and former gunner's mate second class who served in patrol craft, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. His varied assignments included an in-country Vietnam tour, small craft command, and nine years at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Seamanship & Navigation Department and Associate Chairman of the History Department. While at the Academy, he was awarded the William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education (military teacher of the year).He is the founder and former Director of the Walbrook Maritime Academy in Baltimore. Currently he is Fleet Professor of Strategy and Policy with the Naval War College and is the Director of Professional Publishing at the U.S. Naval Institute.Winner of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Naval Literature, the U.S. Naval Institute Press Author of the Year, and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, his published works include NavCivGuide: A Handbook for Civilians in the U.S. Navy; A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy [one of the books in the Chief of Naval Operations Reading Program]; The Battle of Leyte Gulf; Brown Water, Black Berets: Coastal & Riverine Warfare in Vietnam; and the 22nd, 23rd (Centennial), and 24th editions of The Bluejacket's Manual. His other works include revisions of Jack Sweetman's The Illustrated History of the U.S. Naval Academy and Dutton's Nautical Navigation. He and his wife, Deborah W. Cutler, are the co-editors of the Dictionary of Naval Terms and the Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations.His books have been published in various forms, including paperback and audio, and have appeared as main and alternate selections of the History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Book of the Month Club. He has served as a panelist, commentator, and keynote speaker on military and writing topics at many events and for various organizations, including the Naval History and Heritage Command, Smithsonian Institution, the Navy Memorial, U.S. Naval Academy, MacArthur Memorial Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, U.S. Naval Institute, Armed Forces Electronics Communications and Electronics Association, Naval War College, Civitan, and many veterans' organizations. His television appearances include the History Channel's Biography series, A&E's Our Century, Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, and CBS's 48 Hours.

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