Osprey Publishing CAM282 Leyte 1944

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The loss of the Philippines in 1942 was the worst defeat in American
military history. General Douglas MacArthur, the 'Lion of Luzon', was
evacuated by order of the President just before the fall, but he vowed to
return, and in August 1944 he kept his word when he led what, at the time,
was the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific War on the island of Leyte.
This is the full story of that fateful battle, one of the most ferocious
campaigns of World War II and one of huge strategic and symbolic
significance. In the face of stubborn Japanese resistance, including the
first systematic use of Kamikaze attacks, the US forces ground slowly
forwards before another amphibious assault took the vital position of Ormoc
in the last decisive battle of the campaign. Based on extensive research in
the US Army's Military History Institute, along with other archival and
veteran sources, this important study sheds new light on the operation that
saw the US finally return to the Philippines and in doing so placed another
nail firmly in the coffin of the Japanese Empire.


Clayton K.S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the U.S. Army War College faculty at
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on national
security, strategy, and economics. He completed a military career in the
U.S. Air Force and has published work in the fields of national security,
military history, and economics.Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963,
and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely
self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history
artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as
Detaille, Meissonier, RÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃöchling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride.


Origins of the campaign


Opposing commanders

Opposing armies

Orders of battle

Opposing plans

The campaign


The battlefields today

Further reading


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