Battle of Surigao Strait

On 25 Oct 1944, the southern pincer of the Japanese naval offensive in the Philippine Islands ran into an ambush in the Surigao Strait. What resulted was the last battleship-to-battleship engagement of WW2, and might well be the last such confrontation ever.

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