By Bernard Ireland
Leyte Gulf was once a key victory for the us: its scale dwarfed earlier sea conflicts and its consequence created a chance for the united states forces to invade the Philippines. 4 diverse battles - Leyte, Samar, Cape Engaño and the Surigao Strait - happened nearly concurrently as a part of a jap plan to assert a Trafalgar-style victory over US forces. but they have been defeated within the battles at the floor, below the ocean and within the air. This highly-accessible e-book describes the conflict's interweaving battles and the personalities of the commanders considering what has been known as 'the maximum sea conflict of all'.
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The tank was invulnerable to every gun except the 88mm and came as a big shock to the Germans who considered it could have been a 'war-winning weapon', had it not been for the poor use the Soviets made of it. (Nik Cornish, WH 165) A Waffen-SS crew manning a 75mm Pak 40 in the winter of 1944-45. Anti-tank guns became more and more important in the last years of the war given the lack of AFVs. (Carlo Pecchi) 39 A production line of early Tiger I tanks. Although it had an excellent gun and heavy armour, the Tiger was a very expensive tank to build (each one cost 250,000 Marks without guns and equipment) and its fuel consumption was very high, giving it an operational radius of only 60km in rough terrain from its 530-litre tanks.
Carlo Pecchi) 29 Guderian congratulates Leutnant Hohnstetter, a tank commander of Panzer-Regiment 35, 4. Panzer-Division, which captured Orel on 3 October 1941 during the early stages of Operation Typhoon, the advance to Moscow. (The Tank Museum, 3222A5) was not closed because his forces were too weak to link up with Hoth's, while his decision to send a Panzer division east towards Yelnya, with the aim of opening the road to Moscow, further aggravated the situation. Thus, while the southern flank was secured and some progress was made north of Smolensk, between 17 and 20 July the battle focused on the Yelnya salient, while Guderian waited for the infantry to catch up.
The first variant of the StuG III armed with the 75mm L/43orL/48 long-barrelled gun was produced from March 1942, but the new version of this assault gun only entered mass production at the end of the year with more than 7,700 built up to March 1945. (Private collection) 51 Brand new early Tiger I tanks training somewhere in France. Produced from July 1942, the first Tiger-equipped unit was hastily thrown into battle on the Eastern Front in August 1943. Although successful in defence, the Tiger tanks were too heavy and hard to manoeuvre to be useful for long-range offensives.
Leyte Gulf 1944: The world's greatest sea battle (Campaign, Volume 163) by Bernard Ireland