Battle of Leyte Gulf

WWII: Victory Over Japan

East Asia 1944.1023

Battle of Leyte Gulf

World War II, Pacific War, Second Sino-Japanese War (23 October 1944)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

From the Marianas and New Guinea, the Allies now converged on the Philippines, landing on Leyte in October. As the loss of the Philippines would cut their shipping routes to southeast Asia, the Japanese were again forced to send in most of their remaining navy; only to have it destroyed at the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Main Events

US recaptures Guam

US captures Tinian

US captures Peleliu, Palau Islands

US-led Allies captures Morotai

Soviet Union annexes Tuvan People's Republic

US forces land on Leyte Island

Battle of Leyte Gulf

US destroys Japanese naval power

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