U.S. General MacArthur commanding the assault on Leyte in World War II, accompanied by President Osmena of the Philippines
Leyte Philippines Date:1944, October 20 Duration:2 min 57 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur's heralded return to the Philippines during World War II. A U.S. Task Force underway to attack the island of Leyte. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Walter Krueger, seated between U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Theodore Stark "Ping" Wilkinson and Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the Task Force Flagship, U.S. Cruiser, USS Nashville (CL-43) en route to Leyte. Animated map describes the Leyte campaign. General MacArthur standing on the Nashville, smoking his signature corn cob pipe. U.S. warships bombarding the Island. U.S. troops of the 24th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division assault the beach from landing craft, as General MacArthur and his Chief of Starr, Lieutenant General Richard K. Sutherland, watch from the Nashville. After the beachhead is secured, General MacArthur and President Osmena, of the Philippines, shake hands. MacArthur wades ashore from a landing craft accompanied by President Omena and an entourage of high ranking officers. U.S. troops are seen wading ashore from LSTs. One is numbered 474. Scenes ashore. A water buffalo. Wrecked Japanese tanks. Filipino inhabitants emerging to begin clearing debris away from what is left of their homes. Damaged buildings in Tacloban, .the Provincial Capital of Leyte. Filipino inhabitants gathered under a tent, smiling. President Osmena speaking from the steps of the Provincial Capital building, with General MacArthur and his entourage standing behind.
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