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This Vintage Map Shows the 'Greatest Battle in the History of Naval Warfare'
The Battle of Leyte Gulf occurred between 23-26 October 1944. It was the largest naval battle of the Second World War and it involved combined American and Australian naval and air forces against Japanese forces. It resulted in the crippling of the Japanese Imperial Navy and eventually the Allied control of the Philippine Islands.
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The Battle of Leyte Gulf was one of the largest naval battles in history. It was fought in the Pacific seas surrounding the Philippine island of Leyte from October 24-25,1944 between the Allies & Japan. It was an attempt by the Japanese to repel or destroy the Allied forces stationed on Leyte after the preceding Allied invasion in the Battle of Leyte. Instead, the Allied navies inflicted a major defeat on the outnumbered Japanese.
Public Domain: General Tojo, Japanese War Crimes Trials. Manila, ca. 1945 - ca. 1948 (NARA)
Modeled on Nuremberg, an International military tribunal in Tokyo tried 25 Japanese leaders for war crimes. It sentenced 7 to death, including General Hideki Tojo, 61, who as prime minister had authorized the attack on Pearl Harbor. Some 900 of the countrymen were also executed by the Allies for mistreating prisoners and for other atrocities.
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General Homma awaits the trial that will find him guilty of war crimes and sentence him to death by firing squad The shocking numbers continue. Up to 20,000 Filipinos and 1,600 Americans died at Camp O’Donnell before they were finally liberated on January 30, 1945 – almost three years after the death marches began. General Masaharu Homma – who had been in command of the Imperial Army in the Philippines at the time – was charged with war crimes for
Brigadier General Vicente Lim led the 41st Division which defended a portion of the Bataan defense line. He was released after the Bataan Death March as a gesture of goodwill by the Japanese. He joined the resistance and was captured a second time and executed. Only Philippine general killed during WWII
The Bataan Death March (1942) was the forcible transfer, by the Imperial Japanese Army, of 60,000 Filipino and 15,000 American prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II. All told, approximately 2,500–10,000 Filipino and 300–650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O'Donnell.