The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the largest and most multifaceted naval battle in history, was replete with awe-inspiring heroism, and ended the viability of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific war. Yet this important American victory is forever tainted by a number of costly errors that have long been the source of much controversy. While the arguments have understandably been focused on the naval commanders involved, a review of the events leading up to this momentous battle reveals that the ultimate responsibility actually lies at a higher level and has its roots very early in the war.
MacArthur, FDR, and the Politics of Leyte Gulf
The seeds of the greatest naval battle of the Pacific war were not planted by U.S. Navy strategists, but rather by a larger-than-life Army general and the President of the United States.
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)<p>