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By Anthony P. Tully

Surigao Strait within the Philippine Islands used to be the scene of an important battleship duel through the conflict of Leyte Gulf. as the conflict used to be fought at evening and had few survivors at the jap aspect, the occasions of that naval engagement were handed down in garbled bills. Anthony P. Tully pulls jointly the entire current documentary fabric, together with newly came upon debts and a cautious research of U.S. army motion stories, to create a brand new and extra designated description of the motion. in numerous respects, Tully's narrative differs appreciably from the obtained models and represents an incredible old corrective. additionally integrated within the e-book are a few formerly unpublished pictures and charts that carry a clean point of view to the conflict.

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Conflict of Surigao Strait КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Indiana collage PressСерия: Twentieth-Century BattlesАвтор(ы): Anthony P. TullyЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2009Количество страниц: 352ISBN: 978-0-253-35242-2Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 4,35 mbSurigao Strait within the Philippine Islands used to be the scene of a huge battleship duel in the course of the conflict of Leyte Gulf.

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In the meantime Kurita’s momentous conference had gotten underway aboard flagship Atago. The heaviness in the air was tangible as Operations Commander Tonosuke Otani revealed to those gathered that Tacloban anchorage was to be the main target. As he spoke, the written orders Kurita had approved were handed out. Given their scale and importance, the orders were brief, terse, and more than a little vague in their conciseness: in accordance with Toyoda’s No. 363 order the Kurita fleet “in cooperation with the base air forces and the Main Force [Ozawa’s carriers], will penetrate to the Tacloban area at dawn [0427] on X-day (October 25).

Meanwhile, he checked with Yamashita’s command on how many men they really expected to move. Forty-five minutes later, he radioed back to Toyoda that they were still “conferring” with the army. ” · 21 respectively were canceled. 11 This was not what Tokyo had really instructed. Mikawa’s chief of staff also advised Shima that he should proceed to Manila or send a staff officer by air to confer. The ball was now in Shima’s court to decide how to handle future operations and argue on his own behalf.

That it would be a difficult, if not potentially suicidal, assignment was obvious, and more than a few viewed it as a one-way mission. Vital to realize is that at 2100 October 21, Kurita did not know for sure if Shima’s fleet would also head for Surigao. If he had overheard the afternoon’s traffic, he thought Shima was instead due to meet Sakonjo at Manila. Kurita was not part of the discussions, and not till next morning did Toyoda agree to let 2YB join the attack on Leyte Gulf. Shima would not receive the final goahead till midday October 22, which is probably when Kurita also learned it.

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