Turning Point in the Southwest Pacific—Leyte Gulf and the Philippines
Lecture no. 22 from the course: World War II: A Military and Social History
Taught by Professor Thomas Childers | 25 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The Battle of Leyte Gulf—marking the first use of kamikaze fighters by the Japanese—was the decisive naval battle in the Pacific after Midway. It broke the back of the Japanese Navy and secured the American landing in the Philippines in December 1944, which raged well into the new year with massive casualties on both sides.