Tidal Wave: From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

Version: Unabridged
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Narrator: Tom Perkins
Genres: History, Military
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: May 2018
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 5 minutes
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The United States Navy won such overwhelming victories in 1944 that, had the navy faced a different enemy, the war would have been over at the conclusion of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

However, in the moment of victory on 25 October 1944, the U.S. Navy found itself confronting an enemy that had been inconceivable until it appeared. The kamikaze, 'divine wind' in Japanese, was something Americans were totally unprepared for; a violation of every belief held in the West. The attacks were terrifying: regardless of the damage inflicted on an attacking airplane, there was no certainty of safety aboard the ship until that airplane was completely destroyed.

Based on first-person accounts, Tidal Wave is the story of the naval campaigns in the Pacific from the victory at Leyte Gulf to the end of the war, in which the U.S. Navy would fight harder for survival than ever before.

Author Details

Author Details

Cleaver, Thomas McKelvey

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver is the author of the bestselling Fabled Fifteen, a history of the top-scoring U.S. Navy air group of World War II, Aces of the 78th Fighter Group, and The Frozen Chosen. He has written articles for a number of publications, including Air Force, Aviation History, and Air Enthusiast magazines.