Battle of Surigao Strait

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Indiana University Press, Apr 14, 2009 - History - 352 pages
“[Tully] paints Admiral Nishimura's high-speed run into history with an entirely fresh palette of detail.” —James D. Hornfischer, New York Times–bestselling author of Neptune’s Inferno
 
Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at night and had few survivors on the Japanese side, the events of that naval engagement have been passed down in garbled accounts.
 
Anthony P. Tully pulls together all of the existing documentary material, including newly discovered accounts and a careful analysis of US Navy action reports, to create a new and more detailed description of the action. In several respects, Tully's narrative differs radically from the received versions and represents an important historical corrective. Also included in the book are a number of previously unpublished photographs and charts that bring a fresh perspective to the battle.
 
“By giving a fuller view of the Japanese side, Tully's work forces a substantial revision of the traditional picture of the battle. Battle of Surigao Strait is not only military history based on scrupulous use of a plethora of new source materials, but is a spanking good read. Highly recommended.” —War in History
 
“Tully has managed to trace the complicated flow of and reason for events on the nights of 24-25 October with a skill and aplomb that forces one to reconsider previously held views.” —Naval History
 

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Contents

Prologue Retiring towards the enemy
1
1 I have returned
15
2 Bah We will do our best
29
3 We are going to participate in a surface special attack
43
4 It is deemed advisable for 2YB to storm into Leyte Gulf
50
5 He gallantly came to a stop and started rescue work
62
6 Everybody aboard thought a BB could force a narrow strait
76
7 Make all ready for night battle
82
14 This has to be quick Standby your torpedoes
185
15 An awfully gruesome sound which passed from left to right
194
16 We proceed till totally annihilated
208
17 We have arrived at battle site
220
18 In Gods name wheres the doctor?
232
19 The chances to succeed are nil
248
20 It was the kind of naval battle you dream about
263
Epilogue A thing repeated will happen a third time
271

8 A most tragic dispatch
96
9 Take out the searchlight
108
10 He wished them to know he was penetrating alone
124
11 Just scored a big flare on 1 of them
149
12 You are to proceed independently and attack all ships
165
13 At 0345 observed battleship burning
174
Appendices
275
Notes
289
Bibliography
311
Index
317
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About the author (2009)

Anthony P. Tully is an independent scholar and historian of the Imperial Japanese Navy. He is author (with Jon Parshall) of Shattered Sword, a study of the Battle of Midway. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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