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An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

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Admiral George Dewey, based in Hong Kong, was given the order to engage the Spanish fleet at Manila in the Philippines.

1 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

The official cause of the war was the destruction of the USS Maine outside Cuba. The U.S. blamed the sinking of the ship on a Spanish mine.


2 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

In response, the U.S. declared war against Spain on April 25, 1898.


3 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Here, shellbacks sailors who had passed the equator relax after a day's worth of heavy training.


4 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Dewey drilled his fleet ceaselessly in order to have them prepared to fully dismantle the Spanish force.


5 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

The entire battle lasted only a little over six hours ...




6 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

... During which time Dewey's fleet stopped to take a three hour lunch break.


7 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

The outcome of the Battle of Manila was Spain's complete forfeiture of the Philippines.


8 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

The U.S. did not lose a single sailor at the Battle of Manila. Here, U.S. Marines stand at attention.


9 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

After the battle, U.S. sailors raised the American flag over Manila.


10 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Although the Battle of Manila only took six hours, it took additional months to clear the Philippines of insurgents.


11 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Aside from the Philippines, the U.S. also sent ships to blockade Cuba and Guam.


12 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Guam, unaware that the U.S. and Spain were at war, surrendered immediately.


13 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Spain hung onto Cuba for as long as it could, but eventually surrendered. The Spanish-American War lasted only four months and decisively proved the U.S. could function as a world power.


14 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

Dewey's victory was the first U.S. military victory against a foreign enemy since the War of 1812.


15 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)

The Reina Cristina was the flagship of the Spanish Navy in the Pacific. Here, it's crew members pray before battle.


16 An Inside Look At The US Navy 116 Years Ago (16 pics)


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№1 Author: Phynix4 (1 May 2014 20:52) Total user comments: 5461


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..and you know they were 'shellbacks' how? Pictures were great, history was pretty good, good post.
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№2 Author: Lu (1 May 2014 22:47) Total user comments: 15082


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Interesting
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№3 Author: Tomaz86 (2 May 2014 02:14) Total user comments: 10815


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Go clean the sailor ship
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