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70th Anniversary Battle off Samar

Discussion in 'Naval Warfare in the Pacific' started by gq_johnnie, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. KiMaSa

    KiMaSa Member

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    Misplaced my account here for a bit but anyway, I'd say the main reason that Halsey took the battleships after Ozawa is that as he had been forced to use a battleship as his flagship, he personally HAD to be part of what he thought would be the grand final battle with the dreaded Japanese carrier fleet. He personally could not let it go.

    Interestingly enough, in April 1945, Ray Spruance authorized Morton Deyo's old prewar battleships to attempt to intercept the battleship Yamato partly because Spruance was flying his flag aboard the battleship New Mexico and thus had Mitcher and Arleigh Burke not spoiled the fight by sending massive carrier strikes to ruin the party Spruance would have had a ringside seat to the last Battleship on battleship action in history. It seems not even Spruance was immune to the romanticized idea of one last surface fight.
     
  2. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    Prados, in his new book, mentions that the Naval War College spent five years and collected thousands of pages of documents and still couldn't do a "one volume" analysis of the battle. We have lots to explore here.
     
  3. Takao

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    He he...They couldn't do it in multi-volumes either, since volumes 4, 6, and 7 were never done. Volume 4 would have been one hell of a read, shame it never came about.
     
  4. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    Do you know if they ones they finished are online anywhere? NHHC would want them if nobody else has done them.
     
  5. Takao

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    Yeah, they are online I downloaded what 1, 2, 3, 5, and the maps annex.

    Let me find the addy

    You guys have them on ibiblio/hyperwar.
    http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/rep/Leyte/
     
  6. gq_johnnie

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    73rd anniversary of this great battle. Thank you to all survivors and RIP to those have passed...you are not forgotten!

    BTW the Taffy 3 CVE survivors are meeting here in Seattle this weekend.
     
  7. OpanaPointer

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    Tully reports that the survey of the Strait is complete and they've found several warships.
     
  8. JJWilson

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    I can act as another witness that really very few people in America know much about their history. I get to hear stupid remarks at schools from other teenagers all the time......"The British won the Civil War right?"........................"America won both world war's single handedly"......................"What do you mean we lost the Vietnam war, we kicked their asses like in Call of Duty...............ughhhhhhhh :mad:
     
  9. LRusso216

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    Will you be there? If so, pictures and interviews would be well received here.
     

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