The day the biggest naval battle ended – level 1

26-10-1944

There is a big battle at sea. It is during World War II. 370 ships, 1,500 planes, and 200,000 men are in this battle. It is a battle of Leyte. Leyte is a part of the Philippines. These are islands between Japan and the United States.

In December 1941, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. The United States and Japan are now at war. They must fight with the Japanese in the Pacific Ocean.

In October 1944, Americans want to get control over the Philippines. Leyte is the place where the attack starts. 170,000 American men go there. The Japanese don’t want to lose the Philippines. They are ready to fight for them. They send many ships to the Philippines. Two of their ships are the very big.

It’s October 23, 1944 and the battle starts. The Japanese ships are going to Leyte. When the Americans see the ships, they start to attack them.

On October 25, the American think that they are the winners. Yet the next day the Japanese are ready to fight again. The Japanese attack the Americans. The Americans are surprised. They must do something quickly.

They use all their planes and some ships for the counterattack. They don’t have a big chance to win. They are very surprised because the Japanese stop the fight and they go away. The Pacific Ocean is now under American control or power.

Difficult words: battle (big fight), the Japanese (people from Japan), surprised (shocked), counterattack (an attack against an attack).

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