World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Pay-off on Leyte

The battle for Leyte was ending. It had been a tough battle—as tough as any previously fought by U.S. divisions, veterans of Attu and New Guinea, Kwajalein and Guam, Makin and New Britain. It had taken longer than expected, and it had taken more U.S. casualties. But it had paid greater dividends than U.S. war planners had counted on. After getting over their first surprise, the Japanese had kept on pushing reinforcements from other Philippine islands into Leyte, where they had no time to learn the terrain or to assemble a full quota of heavy weapons.

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