Lingayen Gulf Landing
Lingayen Gulf Landing / Lingayen, Pangasinan
The Lingayen Gulf Landings was an Allied amphibious operation in the Philippines during World War II. In the early morning of 6 January 1945, a large Allied force commanded by Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf began approaching the shores of Lingayen. U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy warships began bombarding suspected Japanese positions along the coast of Lingayen from their position in Lingayen Gulf for three days. On 9 January, the U.S. 6th Army landed on a 20 mi (32 km) beachhead between the towns of Lingayen and San Fabian.
The main objective in taking Lingayen was actually to access Mindoro. Control over the island would massively enable shattering the surrounding Imperial Japanese defenses in Luzon leading to Manila. Successfully retaking Lingayen would give a foothold for the Allied Forces to support further operations and deny the Japanese shipping lanes for supplies.
Over the next few days, a total of 203,000 soldiers landed securing a 20-mile beachhead. From there on, the Allied Forces would march south to liberate Manila eventually winning the Pacific War.