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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2005

See how a vastly outmatched U.S. force defeated two Japanese battleships in a critical battle.

  • Contemporary accounts and the memories of veterans bring the tale to life.
  • Naval historians and military scholars detail exactly how the unlikely victory was won.
  • The true story of one of the most unlikely battles in naval history.


It was perhaps the most outrageously courageous action in the history of the U.S. Navy. A small, ramshackle fleet comprised of nothing heavier than destroyers ("Tin Cans" in Navy speak) found itself toe-to-toe with Japan's two most powerful battleships. The Yamata and Musashi pounded away with 18-inch guns against the Tin Cans, which had no bomb or shell that could penetrate the armor of their gigantic foes. But with depth charges instead of aerial bombs, machine gun bullets instead of rockets, and smokescreens instead of firepower, the Tin Cans charged the startled Japanese like a seaborne light brigade. Incredibly, they won the day--saving MacArthur's invasion force and becoming an American legend.

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