World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Invitation to Annihilation

The Battle of Leyte Island went into its fourth week, and it was less than ever the pushover it had seemed at first. There was a possibility that it might still become the biggest battle of the Pacific war. The nature of the fighting began to make it look something like Guadalcanal, but this time all the factors — land, sea and air — were in favor of the Americans.

By week's end the Japanese had more troops on Leyte than they had when Mac-Arthur's men landed on Oct. 20. Douglas MacArthur said last...

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