World Battlefronts: Story of Victory

The story of the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea had been told and there was no doubt about its result: in three days of swirling attack and blasting defense the U.S. Navy had won a great victory. But among pundits in & outside the Navy, there was nevertheless a question still to argue. Its nub: had Admiral William F. Halsey Jr., commander of the mighty Third U.S. Fleet, taken a long chance and endangered the safety of the Leyte beachhead?

Last week the Navy Department issued its considered summary of the three-part battle,...

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