Crushing the Japanese Surface Fleet at the Battle of the Surigao Strait The Last Crossing of the T


Crossing the ‘T’ created an impenetrable gauntlet and helped to secure the beachheads of the U.S. Sixth Army on Leyte. The Japanese strategy for the Philippines was to entrap the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet with an assault from the Surigao Strait. Covering the northern part of the strait were U.S. destroyer squadrons, cruisers and battleships
The U.S. force formed the horizontal bar of a ‘T’ allowing the crossing line to bring all their guns to bear on the Japanese ships. This was the last time the ‘T’ was crossed in an engagement between battleships.

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