The Battle of Leyte Gulf (Paperback)

The Last Fleet Action (Twentieth-Century Battles)

By H. P. Willmott

Indiana University Press, 9780253019011, 424pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2015

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Description

The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the greatest naval engagement in history. The battle was four separate actions, none of which were fought in the Gulf itself, and the result was the destruction of Japanese naval power in the Pacific. This book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the fighting from both sides. It provides the context of the battle, most obviously in terms of Japanese calculations and the search for "a fitting place to die" and "the chance to bloom as flowers of death." Using Japanese material never previously noted in western accounts, H. P. Willmott provides new perspectives on the unfolding of the battle and very deliberately seeks to give readers a proper understanding of the importance of this battle for American naval operations in the following month. This careful interrogation of the accounts of "the last fleet action" is a significant contribution to military history.



About the Author

H. P. Willmott has written extensively on warfare in general and on World War II in particular. Among his books are The Last Century of Sea Power: From Washington to Tokyo, 1922-1945 (IUP, 2010) and The Last Century of Sea Power: From Port Arthur to Chanak, 1894-1922 (IUP, 2009).