Monday, October 20, 2008

The Battle of Leyte

Today is the 64th anniversary of the famous “Leyte Landing” of General Douglas MacArthur and his forces in Palo, Leyte Island on October 20, 1944.
The Battle of Leyte was part of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur and staff land at Palo Beach, Leyte, 20 October 1944.
Date 20 October – 31 December 1944
Location: Leyte Island, Philippines
Result: Decisive Allied victory

Belligerents:
United States
Philippines
Australia
Empire of Japan

Commanders:
Douglas MacArthur
Walter Krueger
Franklin C. Sibert
John R. Hodge
Ruperto C. Kangleon
Tomoyuki Yamashita
Sosaku Suzuki
Shiro Makino

Strength:
200,000 U.S. troops
3,189 Filipino guerrillas
55,000 Japanese troops

Casualties and losses:
Allied trops 3,500 killed
and 12,000 wounded
Japanese 49,000 killed

The Battle of Leyte in the Pacific campaign of World War II was the invasion and conquest of Leyte in the Philippines by American and Filipino guerrilla forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, who fought against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita from 17 October to 31 December 1944. The battle launched the Philippines campaign of 1944-45 for the recapture and liberation of the entire Philippine Archipelago and to end almost three years of Japanese occupation.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaand wikimedia/commons.

1 comment:

NOAH said...

i love philippine history....