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  Largest naval battle in history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The question of the the largest naval battle in history is controversial, and depends on the definition of " battle " and the criteria used to assess the size, such as personnel, the number of ships, their tonnage, the area involved, and the duration.
Battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944, the largest in terms of tonnage of ships and also in terms of the area in which the action took place.
Leyte Gulf was also a major air battle.
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 Battle of Leyte Gulf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Leyte Gulf was a naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, fought in the seas around the island of Leyte in the Philippines from 23 October to 26 October 1944.
The battle is often considered to be the largest naval battle in history.
In the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea it was attacked by carrier aircraft and Musashi was sunk.
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 Articles - Naval warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Naval history is the area of military history concerning war at sea.
Naval history is of special interest not only because of the value of learning how societies of the past dealt with the double challenge of human enemies and the implacable sea, but also because ships were the first technology to enable a global civilization.
Naval strategy was critical; Athens walled itself off from the rest of Greece, leaving only the port at Piraeus open, and trusting in its navy to keep supplies flowing while the Spartan army besieged it.
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 Naval warfare - Enpsychlopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In 1582, the Battle of Punta Delgada in the Azores, in which a Spanish fleet defeated a French force, thus suppressing a revolt in the islands, was the first battle fought in mid-Atlantic.
The victory of the Royal Navy at the Battle of Taranto was a pivotal point as this was the first true demonstration of naval air power and marked the end of the battleship as being the sole capital ship of naval forces.
One scenario that was the focus of American naval planning during the Cold War was a conflict between two modern and well equipped fleets on the high seas, the clash of the United States and the Soviet Union.
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 Rob Fisher - Naval History Articles - Encyclopedia entries
The RCN failed to keep pace technically with the US and Royal Navies and for a few months in early 1943 Canadian escort groups were removed from the North Atlantic run while they were upgraded in British ports and temporarily deployed on the Gibraltar run, where they immediately proved their increased effectiveness.
The brunt of the battle, however, was always in the North Atlantic.
As part of a select group of destroyers and cruisers, the Tribals were in the thick of the action and fought with distinction, sharing in the destruction of several German destroyers and smaller warships.
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 Your Free Battle of Jutland Art History Online Reference and Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Battle of Jutland, known in Germany as the Battle of the Skagerrak ( Skagerrakschlacht), was the largest naval battle of World War I, and the only full-scale clash of battleships in that war.
During the actual battle the fleet should deploy into a single line, crossing the path of the enemy column so that the maximum number of guns could be brought to bear, while the enemy could only fire with the front turrets of the leading ships.
The battle is often regarded as demonstrating that the Royal Navy was technologically and operationally inferior to the German Navy.
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 FileFront Forums - Largest battle in the history of the world?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Probably a battle from one of the Punic wars (Rome vs Carthage) is one of the biggest.
Thermopylae may not be the biggest battle of th ancient World, but the only reason the ideal of Democracy survived is because 300 Spartan warriors who knew they were all going to die stood and fought.
The battle was gigantic, in the end, the Russians defeated the Germans, but at a cost, the Russians lost nearly 50% of their tank force in the battle along with an estimated 250,000 killed on their side.
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 Sammy B Survivors: "Victory at Sea" (D.M. Kennedy) excerpt
Leyte Gulf: The Largest Naval Battle in History
Six naval forces, four Japanese and two American, were converging on Leyte Gulf to fight the largest naval battle in history, a titanic clash spread over three days and 100,000 square miles of sea, engaging 282 ships and 200,000 sailors and airmen.
Arrayed in a battle line across the neck of the strait were Kinkaid's six battleships, five of them survivors of Pearl Harbor, together with four heavy and four light cruisers.
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 Battle of Leyte - Metaweb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The World War II Battle of Leyte involved the reconquest of Leyte by American and Allied forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur between October 20 and December 10, 1944.
Under the protection of massed naval forces (see belowf) General Walter Krueger's United States Sixth Army and supporting forces made amphibious landings on the east coast and, after heavy fighting, were able to secure the island.
Having defended the landing force against the air and naval challenge, the way was opened for the reconquest of Leyte by the land forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, in the Battle of Leyte.
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 Naval history - Questionz.net , answers to all your questions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The ensuing Battle of Salamis was one of the decisive engagements of history.
But the end came for Athens in 405 BC at Aegospotami in the Hellespont, where the Athenians had drawn up their fleet on the beach, and were there surprised by the Spartan fleet, who landed and burned all the ships.
After the war, many nations agreed to the Washington Naval Treaty and scrapped many of their battleships and cruiser while still in the shipyards, but the growing tensions of the 1930s restarted the building programs, with even larger ships than before; the Yamato, largest battleship ever, displaced 72,000 tons, and mounted 18-inch diameter guns.
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 Naval Institute Resources: The Battle of Leyte Gulf Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The last great naval battle of World War II, Leyte Gulf also is remembered as the biggest naval battle ever fought anywhere, and this book has been called the best account of it ever written.
First published in hardcover on the battle’s fiftieth anniversary in 1994 and drawing on materials not previously available, it blends history with human drama to give a real sense of what happened--despite the mammoth scope of the battle.
Marc A. Mitscher, an early naval aviator and commanding officer of the carrier Hornet during the Doolittle raid on Japan in April 1942 and the Battle of Midway in June 1942, was Commander Task Force 38 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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 Naval battle - Art History Online Reference and Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
A naval battle is a battle fought using ships or other waterborne vessels.
Most naval battles have occurred at sea, but a few have taken place on lakes or rivers.
What constitutes the largest naval battle of all time has several contenders.
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 Battle of Leyte Gulf Details, Meaning Battle of Leyte Gulf Article and Explanation Guide
Instead, the Allied navies inflicted a major defeat on the outnumbered Imperial Japanese Navy which finished it as a strategic force in the Pacific War.
Leyte Gulf was also the scene of the first use of kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese: the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Australia was hit on 21 October, and organized suicide attacks by the "Special Attack Force" began on 25 October.
When Kurita turned around the American pilots thought he was retreating, but he turned again and made his way through the San Bernadino Strait in the night, to appear off Samar in the morning.
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 TWD -- World War II: The War at Sea   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The naval war in the Solomons and Bismarcks is a story of small actions by handfuls of ships and small-craft against an evenly matched foe who gave as good as he got.
This is the British Admiralty's official account of the naval war in the Mediterranean between the outbreak of war in 1939 and the surrender of Italy in 1943.
The Battle of Guadalcanal included two of the six major carrier-vs-carrier fleet actions of the Pacific War: the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 August 1942 and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942.
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 96.9.11
It might seem baffling that the First Punic War, a war lasting 23 years (264-241 BC), involving what is arguably the largest naval battle in history, has not been the subject of a monograph before now.
The assertion that the pilum was probably introduced before the war (14), is made on the grounds that 'it is difficult to believe that soldiers would have been trained in the use of essentially different weapons in the midst of a war'.
Overall, as one would expect from L., this is a solid work of military history that covers most of what there is to say about the war.
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 Thunder of the Guns: Battles of the Pacific War
The most extensive and intensive succession of naval battles together formed the Pacific War of 1941 -- 1945.
All five carrier battles of history were fought in it; the largest naval battle in history was fought here, as was the first battle in which opposing surface forces never saw each other.
The greatest series of night battles was fought in the two years it took the U.S. to capture the Solomons.
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 Naval Art
Naval Art Catalogue showing over 270 naval ships of the Royal Navy, United States, German and Japanese Fleets between 1900 and 2004.
The key to Nelsons victories always lay in his meticulous planning and the Battle of Copenghagen was no exception as he used his fleet to first destroy the Danish floating defences so that his bomb vessels could be brought up to bombard the city itself.
Mainly consisting of aviation, naval, and modern military after 1940 and a selection of 50 historical prints of earlier periods.
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 Naval History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In this important new history, Hugh Bicheno describes the clash of cultures that led to one of the greatest turning-point battles in history, As a description of the age-old conflict between Christianity and Islam, it is a story which still resonates today.
The greatest sea battle of the age of sail, seen from the unusual perspective of the defeated.
Although Nelson dominates the naval history of the late eighteenth century, in many respects his achievements marked the culmination of a developing tactical tradition in the Royal Navy.
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 William F. Halsey Jr.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
After the war, he became a Naval Aviator at the age of fifty two.
Admiral Halsey was placed in command of the naval Task Force that launched the Army planes of Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle on the first bombing raid on the main islands of Japan on the 18th of April 1942.
Between the 23rd and the 25th of October 1944, Halsey was in tactical command under Nimitz during the largest naval battle in history, the
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 Articles - Battle of Cape Ecnomus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The resulting series of Roman victories in naval battles such as Mylae, inspired an attempt of invasion of Carthaginian lands in Africa.
Carthage initial battle disposition was the traditional long line, with the centre commanded by Hamilcar, and the two flanks, the right one commanded by the Hanno defeated in Agrigentum, slightly advanced.
Following the battle, the Romans landed in Sicily for repairs and to rest the crews.
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 Pacific Naval Battles
Pacific Naval Battles in World War II The Pacific War was the largest naval conflict in history.
Every conceivable type of naval activity was represented: carrier aviation battles, surface engagements, bitterly fought night-fights, the largest amphibious landings of the entire war, and the stealthy, brutal battles waged by and against submarines.
I have compiled information on a number of the more important (and, I think, interesting) battles of the war, including a synopsis, tabular displays of the forces involved, and in some cases ship movement track charts.
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 Naval History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
This is the first full history of Naval Brigades - the intrepid sailors of the Royal Navy who brought their unique skills ashore in support of the army in a wide variety of 'small wars' and larger campaigns.
His official history for HMSO, the three volume The War at Sea presents a detailed history that is unlikely to be superseded, and this book sets out the broad outline of the policies, successes and failures of the British and Dominion navies in the worldwide struggle.
This prejudiced view has gone unchallenged in modern naval history, but this new book reveals the crucial role of the 50-gun ship in the development of both the battleship and the frigate, and explains the enduring role which ensured the survival of the type into the nineteenth century.
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 Leyte Gulf
Gulf was the largest naval engagement in history.
Gulf in the Philippines was perhaps the greatest sea battle in...
Four major naval actions which together amount to the greatest naval battle in history, and one of the most decisive of the Pacific War.
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 World War 2 at Sea - 1944, Normandy, Invasion, D-day, Falaise, Paris, Leyte Gulf   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The two Naval Task Forces total 672 warships for assault convoy escort, minesweeping, shore bombardment, local defence, etc, and 4,126 major and minor landing ships and craft for initial assault and ferry purposes: a grand total of 4,798.
The Japanese have prepared for the Marianas landings and from the direction of the Philippines despatch a strong naval force that includes nine carriers and five battleships, two of which are the 18.1in-gunned "Musashi" and "Yamato".
As in all the battles great use is made of Allied air power, and on the 30th, Avranches is in American hands.
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 The Battle for Leyte Gulf World War II
The Battle for Leyte Gulf is considered with consensus by naval historians as the largest and greatest naval battle ever fought; never to be repeated - this battle covers well over 1,000 square miles of ocean.
Some background history would include the attack on Pearl Harbor (as battleships that were damaged and even sunk would come back to slug it out with Japanese on the night of October 24th).
A Destroyer group commander assigned to cover the landings was itching for battle and radioed to the battleship group suggesting that his ships could make torpedo runs just before the big guns began pounding.
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 battle: ABMC Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rebecca Laurie, Outreach - Downhill Battle in the News.
Battle of Britain 2 Wings of Victory is a remake of Rowan's Battle of Britain.
Battle of Leyte Gulf - On this date in 1944, the largest naval battle in history was fought in the Philippines.
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 World War II Tours, Normandy D-Day Tours, Battle of the Bulge Tours, Military History Tours, Classical Music Tours, ...
The battle of Leyte Gulf in October, 1944, was the largest naval battle in history.
Education sessions, covering the strategies, the leaders, and the battles of the Pacific War, are included to enhance our understanding of how the Greatest Generation progressed from Pearl Harbor to the Japanese surrender, September 2, 1945, on the battleship Missouri.
Although the Battle of Midway is usually considered the turning point of the Pacific War, the Japanese forces remained on the offensive after Midway.
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 Military History Links Page
The Battle of Hastings, 1066 - the Norman conquest of England
The Battle for Leyte Gulf, 23-26 October 1944 - the largest naval battle in history, it marked the end of the line for the Imperial Japanese Navy Combined Fleet as a fighting force
The Battle Off Samar -- Oct. 25, 1944, the Japanese First Strike Fleet (finally) came to grip with the escort carriers of U.S. 7th Fleet near the entrance to Leyte Gulf.
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 NAVetsUSA Naval History - Iwo Jima   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The battle for Iwo Jima was one of the bloodiest in U.S. Marine history, as the Japanese contested every foot of the island, often emerging from caves into territory thought secure.
It was the largest armada invasion of the Pacific War.
On March 25, the Battle of Iwo Jima was finally over, with the U.S. the victor.
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