A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Leyte Gulf, Battle of

Leyte Gulf, Battle of On 23–5 October 1944, Vice Admiral Thomas Halsey’s Third Fleet (6 battleships, 8 heavy carriers, 8 light carriers, 3 heavy cruisers, 9 light cruisers, 58 destroyers, 1,000 planes) and Rear Admiral Thomas Kinkaid’s Seventh Fleet (6 battleships, 14 cruisers, 16 destroyers) defeated Japanese attack forces under Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita (2 battleships, 12 cruisers, 15 destroyers), Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa (4 carriers, 2 battleships, 4 cruisers, 8 destroyers), Vice Admiral Kiyohide Shima (2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, 4 destroyers), and Vice Admiral Shoji Nishimura (2 battleships, 1 heavy cruiser, 4 destroyers). Japanese losses: 4 carriers, 3 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 4 light cruisers, 11 destroyers, 1 submarine, 500 planes, 10,000 sailors. US losses: 1 heavy carrier, 2 light carriers, 3 destroyers. Leyte Gulf was the war’s largest sea battle; it completed the virtual extinction of Japanese carrier aircraft begun at the battle of the Philippine Sea and left the enemy’s navy too crippled to interfere with the US Philippine campaigns.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Leyte Gulf, Battle of," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed April 14, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LFTDU559LK4VYJY.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Leyte Gulf, Battle of." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 14 Apr. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LFTDU559LK4VYJY.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Leyte Gulf, Battle of' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 14 April 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LFTDU559LK4VYJY.