Why the biggest battle in naval history was also the last hurrah for the battleship

Published Oct 19 2020 at 11:22 AM GMT
  • By autumn 1944, Allied commanders were planning for the final stage of the war in the Pacific.
  • Central to that was cutting Japan off from the rest of its empire " especially the Dutch East Indies, where it got much of its oil.
  • That would effectively end Japan's ability to operate a wartime economy, weakening it for an invasion and bringing an end to the war.
  • The Allies decided to liberate the Philippines, giving them a base from which to isolate Japan.
  • On October 20, 1944, the first of almost 200,000 troops landed on the island of Leyte.



  • Published Oct 19, 2020 11:22 AM GMT