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History of US Naval Operations in WWII 12: Leyte 6/44-1/45 (History of United States Naval Operations in World War II #12)

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This spectacular 15-volume series charts the U.S. Naval operations during World War II with an insider's perspective. Morison, a Harvard professor, was given a special rank and writing post by FDR. He had active duty aboard eleven different ships, allowing him to witness many crucial battles in both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Includes many maps and official file ...more
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Will
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Leyte was the beginning of my Dad's war. He was 17 when he joined USS Langley (CVL-27). He would turn 18 in November, after the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Fascinating book. As an operational history it can seem dry, but Morison is able to portray naval combat in a wonderful way.

One of the surprising things I learned was how fast things happened in the Pacific war. It was merely weeks from the final decision to invade Leyte to the operation, while moving thousands of men and ships along hundreds of mil
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Greg Gates
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my fist look into the Battle of Leyte Gulf. This particular book is one of 14 books (15 if you include the Supplement and General Index volume).
I was at the Cypress Jr. College library looking up World War II naval history when I first came across this book. What caught my eye (had very little knowledge at the time about Leyte) and I wondered why it alone took an entire volume. All the other books contained multiple battles - for example "Coral Sea, Midway and Submarine Actions, May 194
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Mark Luongo
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: WWII naval buffs
Read the chapters (159-316) that corresponded with my last book, Evan Thomas' Sea of Thunder. Cleared up a few things and left me with a quote referring to the actions of American sailors in times of intense stress:
"Across a fruitful earth and o'er the sea
Shoots a bright beam of noble deeds, unquenchable..."
-Pindar
Samuel Eliot Morsion wrote this history based on his experiences during the war on the decks of 11 different ships (from the book jacket) and numerous primary sources. I had the privil
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Jeff
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Very interesting read. I did not complete all since I was mostly interested in the references to the USS Irwin that my grandfather had served on. Was fascinated to read the references to the ship in action.
Dave Beeman
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read on the U.S. Navy activites in the liberation of the Philippines. Includes detailed account of Taffy's 1,2,and 3.
Professorevil
Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it
As a naval reference it's good, extremely detailed. Somewhat dry, of course.
Jack
Good. Wonderful timeline of all aspects of the Leyte campaign. Read his other books.
Bill Mason
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed account of the battle that includes land actions, by both the Allies and Japanese.
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Samuel Eliot Morison, son of John H. and Emily Marshall (Eliot) Morison, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 9 July 1887. He attended Noble’s School at Boston, and St. Paul’s at Concord, New Hampshire, before entering Harvard University, from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1908. He studied at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Paris, France, in 1908-1909, and retu ...more
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