World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Rain and the Enemy

Douglas MacArthur's campaign on Leyte had settled down to a bruising struggle for the Ormoc valley in the island's northwest tip. There some 25,000 Japanese troops were dug in, and they showed not the slightest sign of giving up.

Key to the fighting in the north was the village of Limon, which the Japanese were holding as a plug in the main road through the valley. At Limon infantry of the 24th U.S. Division attacked across a field of high tropical grass, gained some ground, but at week's end were still several hundred yards short of the village.

The tropical...

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