Few battles in naval history are as significant or as controversial as Leyte Gulf (October 23–26, 1944). Among the largest naval battles ever fought, the Battle of Leyte Gulf involved nearly 200,000 men and 282 ships fighting in four separate engagements across 100,000 square miles of ocean. It was exactly the sort of “decisive battle” that both the Allies and the Japanese had sought, one that pitted the waning might of the Japanese Combined Fleet against the U.S. Third and Seventh Fleets. 

The new book, written by NHHC historian Martin Waldman, shares the inspiring lessons in leadership, decision-making, operational planning, and personal valor that took place during the battle. 

“Whatever your community within our Navy, or specific interest in naval history, there is at least one aspect of this battle worthy of admiration, emulation, and deeper contemplation,” said NHHC Director Samuel Cox. “Even for those who will never be asked to fight a battle, there is still much to be learned from the story.” 

NHHC’s publications program aims to educate Sailors, government officials, and the public about our Navy’s nearly 250-year history and heritage. NHHC publications include in-depth histories of key ships and engagements, inspiring writings from past Sailors and naval leaders, and tailored staff products aimed at enhancing warfighting capabilities, celebrating warrior toughness, and informing decision-making using the Navy’s own hard-won historical experience.  

To download a 508-compliant PDF version of ‘Calmness, Courage, and Efficiency’: Remembering the Battle of Leyte Gulf, visit:  https://www.history.navy.mil/research/publications/publications-by-subject/calmness-courage-and-efficiency.html  

To download other publications produced by Naval History and Heritage Command, visit: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/publications.html  

Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for preserving, analyzing, and disseminating U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions through our nation's history and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities, including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, ten museums, USS Constitution repair facility, and the historic ship Nautilus. 

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