At 10 am on October 20, 1944, after 5 hours of air strikes and artillery preparations, the US 1st Cavalry Division landed on “White Beach” in the North. Next, the 24th Infantry Division landed on “Red Beach” and “Green Beach” in the central area; The 96th Division and its artillery troops landed on “Bai Cam” in the southern part of Leyte Island. At 11:00, all three divisions headed for Tacloban – Leyte’s capital in the weak Japanese resistance. After setting foot on the island, American troops received the enthusiastic support of Filipinos. In Manila, Philippine President Romulo called on people to cooperate with the United States to drive away the Japanese fascists, liberate the country, restore democracy and restore the Philippines’ legitimate government. Nurse strong people stand up for themselves poster. During the landing, the Americans lost only 49 people, while dozens of Japanese artillery and naval bases were destroyed. General Makino – commander of the Japanese forces at Leyte was forced to order the relocation of the headquarters from Tacloban deep inside the island, simultaneously ordering the forces to retreat to the North and determined to remain there.