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- Philippines : A large, democratic nation of Southeast Asia, consisting of an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, with many cultures, religions and languages.
- World War Two in the Pacific : The part of World War II (1937-45) fought in Asia and the Pacific Ocean between Japan and the U.S., China, Britain, Australia, and other Allies.
- United States Navy : That part of the United States Department of Defense responsible for combat on, over, and under water
- Imperial Japanese Navy : The part of the Japanese military responsible for naval warfare, 1868-1945
- Pacific and Pacific Ocean Areas : Add brief definition or description
- Chester W. Nimitz : United States Navy fleet admiral (1885-1966) who was Commander in Chief, Pacific and Pacific Ocean Areas in World War II
- William Halsey : Fleet admiral of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater of World War II, commanding the Third United States Fleet; a colorful and inspirational fighting leader with some limitations in strategy and large fleet command
- United States Third Fleet : Currently the eastern Pacific-U.S. West Coast naval component of United States Pacific Command, based in San Diego, California; was the Central Pacific combat fleet in the Second World War when under the command of ADM William Halsey
- Southwest Pacific Area : Second World War theater of operations under the command of Douglas MacArthur; major components included Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, the western Solomon Islands, and the Malay Peninsula and Singapore
- Douglas MacArthur : Senior U.S. Army commander in the Second World War, head of the Occupation of Japan, holder of the highest rank and highest honor for valor in the Army, yet relieved of command for insubordination
- United States Seventh Fleet : The forward-deployed forces of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps that operate in the western Pacific Ocean; a major operating command under United States Pacific Command
- Thomas Kinkaid : Admiral, United States Navy; commander of United States Seventh Fleet, Southwest Pacific Area (""MacArthur's Navy") in the Second World War
- Sixth United States Army : Currently inactive U.S. Army designation for a field army headquarters; was one of two field armies under Douglas MacArthur in WWII; later preparedness and training headquarters for the western United States
- Walter Krueger : U.S. Army officer who rose from private to lieutenant general commanding the Sixth United States Army under Douglas MacArthur; senior operational commander for ground operations to retake the Philippines
- Soemu Toyoda : Admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy; Commander-in-Chief, Combined Fleet, May 1944 to the Japanese surrender
- Mobile Force (Leyte) : Major Imperial Japanese Navy command centered around Japanese First Fleet of aircraft carriers, but, at the time of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, without enough aircraft and pilots to be a significant force; operated as a decoy under Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa; designated the Northern Force (Leyte) by the U.S.
- Jisaburo Ozawa : Vice admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy, respected by both sides for getting the best possible results in extremely adverse situations
- Japanese Northern Force : Add brief definition or description
- Takeo Kurita : Vice Admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy; commanded First Striking Force (Leyte) at Battle of Leyte Gulf and Japanese Second Fleet (battleships); President of the Naval Academy at war's end
- First Striking Force (Leyte) : Battleship-centric task force under Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita at the Battle of Leyte Gulf; Kurita commanded Force A (Japanese Center Force (Leyte); responsible for Force C under VADM Shoji Nishimura
- Japanese Center Force (Leyte) : U.S. designation for Japanese battleship force, under Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita, which, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, fought in the Palawan Passage, Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, and Action off Samar (in San Bernadino Strait); to the Japanese, Force "A" of the First Striking Force (Leyte)
- Matome Ugaki : Vice Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy, who commanded surface forces through the Battle of Leyte Gulf, then in defense of the home islands, largely with kamikazes; he died in the last kamikaze mission
- Japanese Southern Force (Leyte) : Add brief definition or description
- Southwest Area Force (Leyte : Add brief definition or description
- Gunichi Mikawa : Former vice admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy, a specialist in torpedoes and gunnery who led cruiser-destroyer task forces, and later the area commander for the Southwest Pacific during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Actions of the battle
- Palawan Passage : Add brief definition or description
- Battle of the Sibuyan Sea : Add brief definition or description
- Action off Samar : One of the subordinate phases of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and often called the most gallant action in the history of the U.S. Navy, a failed attack by the main Japanese Center Force under vice admiral Takeo Kurita against a light U.S. force defending the transports and invasion beaches in the Philippines
- Battle of Cape Engano : Add brief definition or description
- Battle of Surigao Strait : Fought in October 1944 at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the last naval engagement between forces based around battleships
Actions establishing context
- Battle of the Philippine Sea : An carrier battle between the U.S. and Japan in June 1944, called the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" due to the extremely heavy Japanese aircraft losses, marked the end of offensive Japanese capabilities, and gave the U.S. control of the islands from which the major B-29 bomber offensive against the Japanese Home Islands could be conducted
- Operation DOWNFALL : A series of World War II contingency plans for the land invasion of Japan
- Operation OLYMPIC : Contingency plan for the first part of a U.S. invasion of Japan in the Second World War, with landings in the southern island of Kyushu, probably in November 1945; Japan expected it and planned its major resistance there
- Operation CORONET : Second phase of the Operation DOWNFALL invasion of Japan, to be launched against the Kanto Plain in 1946
- Battleship : A heavily-armored, warship optimized for fighting other warships using large-caliber guns; certain armor requirements differentiated from cruisers; obsolete by end of World War II.
- Cruiser : While definitions vary with time and doctrine, a large warship capable of acting independently, as a flagship, or a major escort; capabilities include anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, land attack, and possibly ballistic missile defense
- Destroyer : While the definition has evolved constantly, it is a multipurpose surface warship, generally less powerful than a cruiser, with capabilities against ship, aircraft, submarine, land, and sometimes ballistic missile targets
- PT boat : Small naval craft, used in coastal waters, which rely on speed and maneuverability to survive to deliver heavy weapons (e.g., torpedoes, anti-shipping missiles) against warships, or to make gunfire attacks on merchant ships and landing craft
- Battle of Jutland : Major naval engagement between the German and Royal Navies in the First World War; largest naval battle in history until the WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf