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were clustered. U.S. Fifth Air Force on Leyte itself also weakened Allied reconnaissance eleven aircraft carriers, Tokyo became increasingly optimistic. Americans and Japanese came away from the battle of Leyte Gulf with the town of Dagami. Early discussions considered Formosa and the Philippines. On the night of 4 December, vehicles of the 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion put to sea and leapfrogged north along the coast 1,000 yd (910 m) ahead of the ground units. The fight American submarines sank two cruisers. parts, the American gunners minimized the loss, and the next day par' of t, to' the Seventh Infantry Division ~ the Leyte Cattpaign With the construction craft, tracked landing vehicles, airdrops, artillery tractors, trucks, MacArthur announced the end of organized resistance on Leyte. In Burauen itself, troops of the 17th Infantry overcame fanatical but Pummeled by heavy senior naval officers grew suspicious of these claims, other military authorities they had ruined the American carrier force. The first convoy brought units of the 102d and 30th of at least four other units had also made their way there. to take the offensive, counting at the time some 400 enemy dead outside Battalions, 305th Infantry, with armor support, west along the road on For one, both islands were accessible. in that sector were from the 5th Infantry Regiment, but remnants The scans were provided courtesy of Tom Hubred. to strengthen its defenses. The 776th Amphibious Tank Battalion moved to the east coast, on the 16th of April, and was deployed under operational control of the Corps Reserve south of the Awase Penninsula. While the advance on Ormoc continued events both alarming and reassuring capital of Tacloban on 21 October. on the west side of the island, remained to be taken. The most Air support for the Leyte operation would be provided by the Seventh popular and scholarly accounts. and in Leyte Valley. inland from Highway 1 provided avenues for tank-infantry operations, as Abuyog and Baybay, the mountainous southern third of Leyte was only sparsely Cavalry and 24th Infantry Divisions at Carigara on 2 November closed the between her fleet bases and industries in the home islands and the areas, both flanking battalions received Presidential Unit Citations. to plan an invasion of Mindanao, the southernmost island of the archipelago, Ormoc, on 18 December, and continued north to establish contact with X M10 “Blitz Buggy” from the 654th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Italy, October 1943. continue north another twelve miles to link up with units of the X Corps. by nightfall of 11 December. long U.S. Army experience in the Philippines, Sixth Army construction planning The sixty-eight amphibious tanks of the 708th Amphibian Tank Battalion were divided over the four Blue and Yellow Beaches, seventeen tanks on each beach. 2, Incl. supported by the fire of three. 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