As the invasion fleet supports the landings, kamikaze suicide planes make their first official appearance. October 1944. Movie
The Imperial Japanese Navy suffers huge losses, including the super-battleship Musashi. Movie
Admiral William “Bull” Halsey ignores the enigma intelligence and goes after the decoy force. October 25, 1944. Movie
The Battle Off Samar - Main Menu
Dedicated to the men of RADM C.A.F. Sprague's U.S. Seventh Fleet Task Unit 77.4.3, Taffy III, for action against VADM Takeo Kurita's Imperial Japanese Navy Centre Force on 25 October 1944. Task Unit 77.4.3 consisted of six escort carriers (CVEs) FANSHAW BAY, ST LO, WHITE PLAINS, KALININ BAY, KITKUN BAY, & GAMBIER BAY, three destroyers (DDs) HOEL, HEERMANN, & JOHNSTON, and four smaller destroyer escorts (DEs) JOHN C. BUTLER, DENNIS, RAYMOND, & SAMUEL B. ROBERTS. They fought the vastly superior Imperial Japanese Navy Centre Force at Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944, sustaining losses of five warships sunk and nearly all remaining warships heavily damaged; with the high cost of nearly 900 American lives.
HyperWar: Battle off Samar Island - TF 77
Task Force 77 Action Report: Battle of Leyte Gulf (Battle off Samar)
THE BATTLE FOR LEYTE GULF 23-26 October 1944 (D Llewellyn James)
Four major naval actions which together amount to the greatest naval battle in history, and one of the most decisive of the Pacific War
THE BATTLE FOR LEYTE GULF - Summary
Battle for Leyte Gulf 23-26 october 1944 - Narrative of the battle - The Leyte landings - The Sho-Go Plan - US Third and Seventh Fleets - Halsey and Kinkaid - Task Force 38 - Mitscher
HyperWar: Battle Experience: Battle for Leyte Gulf
Cominch Secret Information Bulletin No. 22: 'Battle Experience--Battle for Leyte Gulf'
HyperWar: Return to the Philippines: Contents
Index to on-line histories of the liberation of the Philippines during World War II: Guerrilla operations, Leyte, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, etc.
1944: LEYTE GULF
Olive-Drab information about 1944: LEYTE GULF.
LEYTE GULF - The Battle of Surigao Strait (D Llewellyn James)
THE BATTLE FOR LEYTE GULF - The Battle of Surigao Strait 24-26 October - US forces under Rear Admiral Jesse Oldendorf - Japanese forces under Vice Admirals Nishimura and Shima - US battleships West Virginia, California, Tennessee, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, cruisers Louisville, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Columbia, Phoenix, Boise - Australian heavy cruiser Shropshire - Fletcher Class Destroyers - Japanese battleships Fuso, Yamashiro - heavy cruisers Nachi, Ashigara, Mogami - US commanders Berkey, Weyler, Chandler, Jesse Coward