The Battle of Leyte Gulf - October 22-28, 1944 - was the greatest naval engagement in history. In fact 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.
Winner, Society for Military history Distinguished Book Award.
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Analytical history, told with gravitas
Absolutely, Jim Seitz' voice lends pacing and gravity to the necessarily analytic account of an immensely complex battle.
Pacing, interest, and gravity. Willmott paints his picture with facts, showing the mechanics and inevitability of a large, diverse and complex set of actions. The consistent, accurate and never tiring narrative voice of Jim Seitz gives a welcome path through this densely argued account.He takes it out of the academy and brings it home.
No, and the deep firm storytelling voice of Jim Seitz provides a stable re-entry point at each listening.
- Lloyd W. Bridges
If you love Military History, you'll love this!
The Battle of Leyte Gulf is a fact filled volume detailing not only this particular battle, but Naval and WW2 history as well.
I believe the narrator did a fine job sorting out the many facts and figures that fill the beginning of the account. His delivery of the story was similar to that of a college professor dispensing his knowledge and passion about events that shaped this world.
- Kevin Minatrea