World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Halsey in the Empire

At the southern doorstep of Japan's homeland, and down through the westernmost reaches of the Pacific, Admiral William F. Halsey's U.S. Third Fleet bombed and maneuvered with unprecedented power and dash. The Japanese had no difficulty reading the signs.

Said Admiral Sankichi Takahashi: the air attacks of the U.S. fleet on the Ryukyu Islands and the great bastion of Formosa "were carried out as a prelude to operations for the recapture of the Philippines."

Whipped to desperation, the Japs sprang into action. Pearl Harbor announced that a great sea-air battle was raging off Formosa....

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