By the end of 24 October the Americans had discovered the three Japanese fleets that were to attack through the Philippines. Surigao Strait, Philippines The nature of the battle. 1 turret, Yasuo Kato saw water flooding in from the hatch above him. The torpedoes all missed. This site is the bee's knees, Friends of Padre Steve's World By now Shima had found the remains of the Fuso, which had split in half, convincing him that it was between different sunken ships. Once there, Ogawa and his shipmates kept climbing, joining 15 more men to evacuate through another steel door of the hoist. Only a mere 10 members of the old battleship’s crew would survive. This didn't stop Nishimura, and his squadron soon entered the straits. Their fire control and radar systems were far in advance of every Japanese battleship present, their armament, and protection better than all but Yamato, though they were slower. They climbed into the projectile room above, closing the steel hatch behind them to preserve watertight integrity. Also included in the book are a number of previously unpublished photographs and charts that bring a fresh perspective to the battle. Fire was opened by the Tennessee and West Virginia at 20850 m (22,800 yards), followed shortly afterwards by the flagship Mississippi and the Maryland. Yamashiro continued north with Mogami and the last destroyer Shigure. Compra Battle of Surigao Strait. The Americans heavily outnumbered the Japanese, the Battleships West Virginia, California and Tennessee were the heart of the force. I worked most of the day with Judy to straighten out her art room after the contractors stuffed a Buch of stuff in it in order to paint. She went to the bottom of Surigao Strait, taking most of her crew of 1,630 officers and men with her. Mogami fell behind in the retreat and was sunk by aircraft the next morning. This left Nishimura with the battleship Yamashiro, which had also been hit by torpedoes, the cruiser Mogami and the destroyer Shigure. I realized that I must not lose sight of my mission no matter how much I might be tempted to engage in a gunnery duel with him. He is author (with Jon Parshall) of Shattered Sword, a study of the Battle of Midway. At 0353 West Virginia opened fire and scored hits on her first salvo. At the same time, torpedoes smacked into Asagumo. 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. Clash at Surigao Strait: How U.S. Battleships Took Revenge Against the Japanese in 1944 La battaglia fu anche l'ultimo scontro in cui a una delle due forze in campo (gli statunitensi) riuscì il taglio del T, tuttavia quando questo avvenne la formazione giapponese era già stata scompaginata e privata di alcune unità e la manovra quindi non ebbe effetti sul risultato della battaglia[19]. The Battle of Surigao Strait was a major portion of the titanic Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest and last major naval battle ever fought. They were saved from this desperate battle by Kurita himself, who believed that he was actually facing fleet carriers. It was spouting steam, oil, and seawater. It was fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar, and Luzon, from 23–26 October 1944, between combined American and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), as part of the invasion of Leyte, which aimed to isolate Japan from the countries it had occup… South of the flagship, Fusō was in agony, still moving on a wobbly course, probably trying to beach on Kanihaan Island. The old Battlewagons dredged from the mud of Peal Harbor under command of Admiral Oldendorf led the fleet to a decisive victory in the last duel between Dreadnaughts ever fought. Benché iniziato subito, l'inseguimento del nemico sconfitto da parte di Oldendorf si dimostrò poco convinto[22]: alle 5:20 i suoi incrociatori avvistarono ed aprirono il fuoco sul relitto del Mogami, ma temendo un contrattacco giapponese nell'incerta luce dell'alba Oldendorf ordinò loro di ritirarsi alle 5:37, richiedendo invece alle portaerei di Kinkaid di lanciare attacchi aerei sulle unità nemiche in fuga[22]; sopravvissuto ancora una volta, il Mogami continuò la sua lenta ritirata, riuscendo anche a respingere altri attacchi delle PT tra le 6:00 e le 6:45[22]. The dreadnought slowed down and began listing to starboard. Toronto, Los Angeles.....and now CHICAGO. The battle of the Surigao Straits (25 October 1944) was the last clash between battleships and saw a force of older American battleships crush a Japanese squadron attempting to break into Leyte Gulf. Yamashiro was the last battleship to engage another in combat, and one of very few to have been sunk by another battleship during World War II. As the torpedoes powered through the water, Fusō opened up with her 14-inch guns at a surface target for the first time in her life. It wasn’t a battle but the slaughter of an inferior force attempting to do the impossible. Clash at Surigao Strait: How U.S. Battleships Took Revenge Against the Japanese in 1944 At 2:58 AM, Shigure illuminated Coward’s eastern group with a searchlight, and Coward assigned targets as his tin cans cranked up to 30 knots for an attack. Per calcolare la valutazione complessiva in stelle e la ripartizione percentuale per stella, non usiamo una media semplice. The Japanese would face part of Admiral Kinkaid's 7th Fleet. Help - F.A.Q. Most of those are automatically blocked by Wordpress but some do get through, and deal with them accordingly. For a while the Yamashiro seemed impervious to the hurricane of fire which lashed her as the controlled broadsides rumbled on. Always heard about Leyte, but not this part of it. A self-described “old sailor,” Morison called the Battle of Surigao Strait “a funeral salute to a finished era of naval warfare.” The crisis had passed and the Japanese plan had ended in failure. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Fusō broke in two, but did not sink. ( Log Out /  La battaglia dello Stretto di Surigao (in inglese battle of Surigao Strait) fu una battaglia navale, combattuta il 25 ottobre 1944 nel quadro della battaglia del Golfo di Leyte, tra la squadra navale americana, comandata dal retroammiraglio Jesse Oldendorf, e la squadra navale giapponese, comandata dal viceammiraglio Shōji Nishimura[1]. They didn't come close to each other until they reached Mindanao, and they never really coordinated their activities. I have done this for years, but recently I have been worn out by some people. The battle was the last ever where battleships engaged each other in a surface action. Clash at Surigao Strait: How U.S. Battleships Took Revenge Against the Japanese in 1944. As they did so, another group of PT boats sprinted in from the southeast, hurling six torpedoes at the Japanese. The Surigao Strait was defended by Admiral Oldendorf's fire support group of six 'old' battleships. Petty Officer Hideo Ogawa removed cordite charges from flash-proof storage canisters and loaded them onto the powder-cage elevator, and at 3:07 Fusō let loose at her targets. Now came Captain Coward’s Desron 54. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account.