Tidal Wave: From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

TIDAL WAVE                                           THOMAS MCKELVEY CLEAVER

The United States Navy won such overwhelming victories in 1944 that, had the navy faced a different enemy, the war would have been over at the conclusion of the battle of Leyte Gulf.

However, in the moment of victory on October 25, 1944, the US Navy found itself confronting an enemy that had been inconceivable until it appeared. The kamikaze, "divine wind" in Japanese, was something Americans were totally unprepared for; a violation of every belief held in the West. The attacks were terrifying: regardless of the damage inflicted on an attacking airplane, there was no certainty of safety aboard the ship until that airplane was completely destroyed.

Based on first-person accounts, Tidal Wave is the story of the naval campaigns in the Pacific from the victory at Leyte Gulf to the end of the war, in which the US Navy would fight harder for survival than ever before.


This book covers the time frame from 1944 to the Japanese surrender in the Tokyo Bay. The naval battle and the way that the Japanese began to use the Kamikaze attacks after the Leyte Gulf battle. The U.S. and British Navies were not prepared for these attacks even after they began to increase. The battle for Okinawa took out many ships and lost many sailors, and Marines aboard the ships. What was good about this book was the author going through our side and also the British which gets forgotten in the Pacific Battles. There were times that this book dragged somewhat, so I think that if you are not into history this book might not be for you. I found this book to be an interesting book and found out some information that I did not know about before I began reading this book. Overall a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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