By Anthony P. Tully
Surigao Strait within the Philippine Islands used to be the scene of an immense battleship duel throughout the conflict of Leyte Gulf. as the conflict used to be fought at evening and had few survivors at the jap facet, the occasions of that naval engagement were handed down in garbled money owed. Anthony P. Tully pulls jointly all the current documentary fabric, together with newly came across money owed and a cautious research of U.S. army motion stories, to create a brand new and extra specific description of the motion. in different respects, Tully's narrative differs substantially from the obtained types and represents an enormous ancient corrective. additionally incorporated within the booklet are a couple of formerly unpublished photos and charts that carry a clean viewpoint to the conflict.
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Still expecting approval from Toyoda, at 1930 Shima had Matsumoto send inquiry about Kurita’s planned movements so that 2YB could cooperate with 1YB. A major fly in the ointment appeared a half hour later. Mikawa’s chief Hidehiko announced a request that had been received from Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi’s Southern Army, asking that 2YB’s cruisers be directed to transport the 68th Brigade presently in Formosa. ” The message between the lines was strong argument for him to stay in the Formosa area.
To invade Leyte in October, MacArthur and Kinkaid had been forced to risk doing so beyond the range of MacArthur’s land-based air cover. S. Navy’s fast carriers were capable of providing such protection to an acceptable degree on a temporary basis. 7 MacArthur and Kinkaid felt the opposite; the entire invasion could be put in jeopardy if air cover failed or was withdrawn too soon. This conflict of interest and preferences would weigh heavily in the coming battle of Leyte Gulf and influence deployments for the battle of Surigao Strait.
If this happened, it favored Kusaka’s idea to divide 1YB. Shima’s force would need bolstering with at least some of Kurita’s fleet. Otherwise the penetration would be too weak. Since Shima surely would be destroyed trying to force Surigao alone, Kurita did not understand what Headquarters had been thinking. Meanwhile, knowing Cruiser Division 16 would be needed on short notice, Kurita at 1824 ordered Sakonjo’s ships to refuel from Yamashiro and Fuso. Thus by eerie coincidence, Batdiv 2 was brought into association—albeit only physical—with a segment of 2YB before it received its own fateful orders.