The Battle Of Leyte Gulf Essay

713 Words Aug 21st, 2016 3 Pages
The Battle of Leyte Gulf took place in the Philippines and pitted Japanese and the United States naval forces against one another for command and control of the western Pacific region during World War II. The Philippines, to the United States, was another stepping stone closer to striking at Japan’s home island and also a vital staging point to wage war against Japan’s merchant supply line of valuable resources such as oil and fuel. Japan was required to defend the Philippines in the interest of securing its merchant supply routes that fueled its naval armada and to stop the further advance of the United States in its efforts to collapse the Japanese imperial reach. The Battle for Leyte Gulf began operationally on October 17th and would conclude on October 26th with a victory in the favor of the United States. The Battle of Leyte Gulf is known for its massive naval engagements and the largest amphibious assault operation in the Pacific Theater and only second in size to the Normandy invasion, which would all occur between October 24th and October 26th. The purpose of this battle analysis is to not focus on the impressive and vital naval engagements to the overall operation, but on the amphibious assault/landing on Leyte Island and the importance to its success to create a foundation to take the rest of the Philippines. The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the result of two major offensives across the Pacific Ocean that pressed against the Japanese established defensive…

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