- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Bantam USA; New edition edition (15 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553381482
- ISBN-13: 978-0553381481
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the US Navy's Finest Hour Paperback – 15 May 2005
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If you are not yet familiar with this battle, here are some general facts, which should help understand the topic, without spoiling the pleasure of reading. Between 23 and 26 October 1944 US Navy and Japanese Imperial Fleet fought in the waters around the Philippines four major battles and a number of smaller engagements which together are known as Battle of Leyte Gulf - it is generally considered as the greatest naval battle ever fought (with the battle of Jutland in 1916 being the only one coming close to it in number of ships and sailors engaged). For the needs of this battle, the outnumbered and outgunned Japanese conceived a desperate but very clever plan, setting a trap for American commanders (Admiral William Halsey for 3rd Fleet and Admiral Thomas Kinkaid of 7th Fleet).Read more ›
When writing about only one battle in a campaign that encompassed four it is always going to be difficult getting the balance right, since the other three cannot be completely ignored. Unfortunately in this respect there is little evidence of research and there are many errors. Describing the Sho- 1 plan the impression is given that the Southern Japanese force was carefully planned, whereas Nishimura's squadron was actually very extemporised and was never originally intended at all. It is assumed to have been a key feature of the Sho 1 plan that Kurita arrrive at Leyte coincident with Nishimura- whereas in fact the latter was always scheduled to be there first by a considerable margin. The Battle of the Sibuyan sea, including Musashi's sinking, occupies only two pages.
After reading Anthony Tully's account of the Battle of Surigao Straight I found this short 'how we won the war' version actually rather distasteful, and also full of errors- especially the old one about Fuso staying afloat for hours in two halves, whilst the cruiser Mogami's heroic fight is completely ignored.
Really the errors and 'bias' in this book are not too surprising since in the vast 26 page biography I have found not a single Japanese- originated source!Read more ›
Well illustrated and well written with good insights into how this 'shouldn't have happened' battle came about.
This is a first rate work of military history which is very well written and illustrated ,
and has the added advantage that some of the stuff you learn about the entire fight
was only briefly touched upon in other books
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