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Slaughter at Surigao: The Old Ladies get their Revenge

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I am traveling back to Virginia today so since we are at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf a re-post of an article about the last battleship vs battleship engagement in history, the Battle of Surigao Strait where the survivors of Pearl Harbor, some resurrected from the mud of that harbor, the USS West Virginia, USS California, USS Tennessee, USS Maryland and USS Pennsylvania took their revenge on the Japanese Southern Force sining the battleships Fuso and Yamisharo.
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USS West Virginia at Surigao Strait

This is the third article of a series on the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The Battle of SurigaoStrait was the third action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf which ended in the near annihilation of one of the two groups of the Japanese Southern Force. The battle was the last ever where battleships engaged each other in a surface action.  

The two task groups of the Japanese Southern Force passed the daylight hours of 24 October relatively unscathed despite an air attack that caused minor damage. The group commanded by Vice Admiral Shoji Nishimura comprised of the elderly Battleships Yamashiro and Fuso the Heavy Cruiser Mogami and four destroyers was leading the charge and was followed by that commanded by Vice Admiral Kiyohide Shima with the Heavy Cruisers Nachi and Ashigara, Light Cruiser Abukuma and four destroyers.

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