October 25th, 2014

The 70th Anniversary of Leyte Gulf Landing commemorated by Philippines Post

According to info received by FindYourStampsValue.com Philippines Post has released a special commemorative stamp celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Leyte Gulf Landing 1944 – 2014. The design of the items depicts the image of the Leyte Gulf landing with the famous quote by Douglas MacArthur "People of the Philippines, I have returned". The stamp was put into circulation on the 20th of November.

The Battle of Leyte in the Pacific campaign of World War II was the invasion and conquest of Leyte in the Philippines by the United States and Australian forces and allied Filipino guerrillas under the command of General Douglas MacArthur and waged against Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita from October 17, 1944 to July 31 1945. The battle launched the Philippine campaign of 1944-45 for the recapture and liberation of the entire Philippine Archipelago and to end almost three years of Japanese occupation.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf, also known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, was the largest naval battle in modern history. It was fought in the Pacific Theater of Operations, in the seas surrounding the Philippine island of Leyte from October 23 to October 26 1944 between the Allies and the Empire of Japan.

The "Battle" of Leyte Gulf was actually a campaign consisting of four interrelated battles : The Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle of Cape Engaño and the Battle of Samar. Leyte Gulf also saw the first use of the Kamikaze aircraft. A kamikaze hit the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Australia on October 21, 1944 and organized suicide attacks by the "Special Attack Force" which began on October 25, 1944.

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