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14 in Japanese battleship Yamashiro under air attack shortly before the Battle of Surigao Strait in October 1944: she was damaged by several near misses.  The battle itself was the last ever engagement between capital ships, both Yamashiro and her sister Fuso being sunk by modernised US dreadnoughts.

14 in Japanese battleship Yamashiro under air attack shortly before the Battle of Surigao Strait in October 1944: she was damaged by several near misses. The battle itself was the last ever engagement between capital ships, both Yamashiro and her sister Fuso being sunk by modernised US dreadnoughts.

The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of World War One. It was fought from February 21 to December 18, 1916, between the French and German armies around the town of Verdun, France. The battle involved more than two and a half million men and it developed in a space less that 8 sq miles and consisted of a ring of underground fortifications which the German forces attempted to capture.

The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of World War One. It was fought from February 21 to December 18, 1916, between the French and German armies around the town of Verdun, France. The battle involved more than two and a half million men and it developed in a space less that 8 sq miles and consisted of a ring of underground fortifications which the German forces attempted to capture.

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11 in battleship Scharnhorst following her 1939 refit, resulting in raked 'Atlantic' bow, funnel cap and an altered main mast position - sister Gneisenau was similarly modified, although her mainmast remained in its original position adjacent to the funnel.  Scharnhorst saw more action than any other German capital ship of WW2 until sunk at the Battle of North Cape in December 1943.

11 in battleship Scharnhorst following her 1939 refit, resulting in raked 'Atlantic' bow, funnel cap and an altered main mast position - sister Gneisenau was similarly modified, although her mainmast remained in its original position adjacent to the funnel. Scharnhorst saw more action than any other German capital ship of WW2 until sunk at the Battle of North Cape in December 1943.

Close-up of Japanese Kamikaze just before he crashed on USS Essex, November 25, 1944 Photographed by Lt. Comdr. Earl Colgrove, USNR.

Close-up of Japanese Kamikaze just before he crashed on USS Essex, November 25, 1944 Photographed by Lt. Comdr. Earl Colgrove, USNR.

View of the ship in the East River, New York City, at the time of her trials, circa mid-1916. Arizona (BB-39) is accompanied by many tugs, and has small pine trees mounted in her mast tops. Tug Hudson (AT) is in the lower center.

View of the ship in the East River, New York City, at the time of her trials, circa mid-1916. Arizona (BB-39) is accompanied by many tugs, and has small pine trees mounted in her mast tops. Tug Hudson (AT) is in the lower center.

USS Tennessee in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack. Next to her lies USS West Virginia sunken in shallow water. Both would be repaired, rebuilt and star in a battleship gunfight later in the war, the battle of Surigao Strait.

USS Tennessee in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack. Next to her lies USS West Virginia sunken in shallow water. Both would be repaired, rebuilt and star in a battleship gunfight later in the war, the battle of Surigao Strait.

The Bismarck in Battle The Bismarck in Battle. This photo is the most well known of the battleship Bismarck and one the most famous of World War II as well. It was taken from the Prinz Eugen sometime between 0607 and 0609 hours on 24 May 1941. By then the Hood had already been sunk and the Bismarck hit on her bows. The after turrets "Cдsar" and "Dora" are firing against the Prince of Wales in one of the last salvoes of the battle.

The Bismarck in Battle The Bismarck in Battle. This photo is the most well known of the battleship Bismarck and one the most famous of World War II as well. It was taken from the Prinz Eugen sometime between 0607 and 0609 hours on 24 May 1941. By then the Hood had already been sunk and the Bismarck hit on her bows. The after turrets "Cдsar" and "Dora" are firing against the Prince of Wales in one of the last salvoes of the battle.

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