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Afternoon of the Rising Sun: The Battle of Leyte Gulf
Afternoon of the Rising Sun: The Battle of Leyte Gulf Kenneth Friedman 0891417567 9780891417569 By mid-October 1944, a vast amphibious armada was closing on the Philippines. Embarked on the 700 vessels of Admiral Kinkaids Seventh Fleet were 200,000 m
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Afternoon of the Rising Sun: The Battle of Leyte Gulf by Kenneth Friedman

By mid-October 1944, a vast amphibious armada was closing on the Philippines. Embarked on the 700 vessels of Admiral Kinkaids Seventh Fleet were 200,000 men of the Sixth Army. Defending Kinkaids invasion force was Admiral William Bull Halseys Third Fleet. With more than 1,000 planes on its aircraft carriers, 6 new battleships, 15 cruisers, and 58 destroyers, Halseys fleet was more than capable of dealing with anything the enemy navy could throw at it.<P>The Japanese were desperate. American success in the Philippines would cut them off from the strategic raw materials to the south. In the face of this desperation, the Japanese Navy came up with bold plan: the Combined Fleet would sortie to defeat the invasion. A decoy force including Japans four remaining aircraft carriers would lure Halseys fleet to the north, away from Leyte Gulf, and out of the battle. The remaining Combined Fleet offensive forces including 2 super battleships, 5 other battleships, 16 cruisers, accompanied by 23 destroyers would join to destroy Kinkaids fleet, marooning any Sixth Army troops that had managed to land. Remarkably, the Japanese came within a hairs breadth of pulling it off. Only the decisive leadership of Rear Admiral Clifton Sprague and the heroism of a handful of sailors manning Spragues so-called jeep carriers combined to save the day.<P>What resulted was the greatest naval battle in history and the end of the formerly invincible Combined Fleet.

Author: Kenneth Friedman

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Presidio Press

Publication Date: 2001-10-12

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