Battle of Surigao Strait
Anthony P. Tully. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009. 352 pp. Maps. Appen. Notes. Bib. Index. $27.95
Reviewed by Tim Bean
Anthony P. Tully's new book covers the events of 20-25 October 1944 in the southern Philippines, which culminated in two independent Japanese formations attempting to penetrate Surigao Strait. They were part of just one of several Imperial Japanese Navy task forces that were constituents of the Sho-1 plan for a decisive attack on U.S. naval shipping supporting the landings along Leyte Gulf. The resulting complicated night actions in the strait represented the last gunfire exchange between capital ships. The battles collectively known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf, considered the largest and final fleet action of the Pacific war, have generated numerous useful monographs that have also raised some contradictions and new questions.