World War II

Season 1 Episode 18

Leyte Gulf

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Leyte Gulf is a body of water immediately east of the island of Leyte in the Philippines, adjoining the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean. The Gulf is bounded on the north by the island of Samar, which is separated from Leyte on the west by the narrow San Juanico Strait, and on the south by Mindanao, separated from Leyte by the Surigao Strait. Dinagat Island partly encloses the Gulf to the southeast, and the small Homonhon Island and Suluan Islands, sit astride the eastern entrance to the Gulf. It is approximately 130 km (80 mi) north-south, and 60 km (40 mi) east-west. Leyte Gulf was also home to the largest naval battle of the second world war, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Once captured by the Allies, the islands in the Gulf became bases for the B-29's that bombed Japan in 1945.moreless

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