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I am still a bit exhausted after my trip and have a lot going on at home so I am re-posting another of my articles about the Battle of Leyte Gulf, this one about Admiral Halsey’s pursuit of the Japanese carrier force under Admiral Ozawa. Over the years of the Pacific war both sides had learned to value the enemy’s carriers and to see them as the focal point of any battle. However, this time the Japanese carriers, stripped of any meaningful air groups were a decoy. This was the Battle of Cape Engano, a battle that nearly gave the Japanese Center Force the chance to raise havoc among the American landing forces off Leyte. I will have to write a new article about the Center force and the Battle off Samar. Have a great night, and Go Giants!
“TURKEY TROTS TO WATER GG FROM CINCPAC ACTION COM THIRD FLEET INFO COMINCH CTF SEVENTY-SEVEN X WHERE IS RPT WHERE IS TASK FORCE THIRTY FOUR RR THE WORLD WONDERS.” Admiral Nimitz to Admiral Halsey
After Admiral William “Bull” Halsey felt that he had heavily damaged the Japanese Center Force during the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea he withdrew the Fast Battleships of Task Force 34 from the San Bernardino Strait in order to use them in a surface engagement against Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa’s Northern Force. Halsey assumed that Ozawa’s carriers were the main threat to the American invasion forces. However he did not know that Ozawa’s carriers had very few aircraft embarked and that the Northern force was in fact a decoy, designed to draw him away from Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita’s Center and the two task forces of the Southern force.
The Zuikaku uder attack at Cape Engano
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