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This article argues that although the WW2 Battle at Leyte Gulf effectively ended the Japanese Navy’s ability to influence the course of the war, lessons shouldn’t be carved in stone but rather be subject to time, technology and warmaking methods.

Summary

This article by James Holmes, writing for the National Interest, makes the following points:
Issues worth thinking about:
  • How do you measure the size of a battle?
  • Tonnage engaged, geographic space covered or firepower?
  • Was Leyte history’s last ever major fleet engagement
  • Is major sea combat likely ever again?
  • If not, why invest in large surface combatants?
  • Should Navies be reconfigured with swarms of small, lightly armed craft?
Worth noting and remembering the following:
  • Naval battles come along so seldom that it’s perilous to draw too confident conclusions from them.
  • We can gain faulty lessons from reviewing battles whose outcomes were far from certain.
  • Acts of heroism can colour our judgement of events.

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