By Anthony P. Tully
Surigao Strait within the Philippine Islands was once the scene of an incredible battleship duel throughout the conflict of Leyte Gulf. as the conflict used to be fought at evening and had few survivors at the jap aspect, the occasions of that naval engagement were handed down in garbled bills. Anthony P. Tully pulls jointly all the present documentary fabric, together with newly found debts and a cautious research of U.S. military motion experiences, to create a brand new and extra exact description of the motion. in different respects, Tully's narrative differs noticeably from the got types and represents a massive old corrective. additionally incorporated within the ebook are a couple of formerly unpublished images and charts that deliver a clean standpoint to the conflict.
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During this time, far north, Shima’s 2YB was busily engaged in refueling, having arrived at Mako at 0830 that morning from Amami-Oshima. Now Shima was waiting while Combined Fleet and Manila’s staffs argued about Toyoda’s latest order to Mikawa. Shortly after midnight of October 19, after mulling Mikawa’s suggestion to attach Shima to Ozawa or Kurita (see last chapter), Toyoda had peremptorily made dispatch No. ”10 This amounted to telling Mikawa how he should deploy his forces. Important to notice is at this time Kusaka’s “suggestion” to Kurita to consider a double penetration by 1YB via Surigao Strait had not yet been made.
The heavy cruisers went first, including Kurita’s flagship, Atago. Then the great dual leviathans Yamato and Musashi and stalwart Nagato moved from the northern zone of the vast anchorage. 1 Behind them, Brunei Bay was not yet empty: Vice Admiral Nishimura’s Third Section, with Yamashiro and Fuso, remained at anchor. At this point, the destinies of Third Section and its parent 1YB effectively diverge; they will rejoin only on October 26. Until then Kurita’s force will appear only in passing as it relates to the subject fleets of this study, the Third Section of Vice Admiral Nishimura and Second Striking Force (2YB) of Vice Admiral Shima, with its two detached elements, The Guard Force and Desdiv 21, operating in or near Leyte.
Given that stipulation, Combined Fleet’s working plan for future operations was as follows: (a) Kurita’s First Striking Force (1YB) would advance from Brunei through San Bernardino Strait and annihilate the enemy invasion force in Leyte Gulf. ” (e) The Imperial Navy’s submarine fleet (Advance Expeditionary Force) “will destroy damaged enemy vessels and troop convoys” with all the boats at its disposal. (f) Kurita was to arrive off the mouth of Leyte Gulf and drive in to destroy the transports on X-day.
Battle of Surigao Strait (Twentieth-Century Battles) by Anthony P. Tully