|Battle of Tsushima|
|Part of the Russo-Japanese War|
|Imperial Japanese Navy||Imperial Russian Navy|
|Commanders and leaders|
37 torpedo boats plus gunboats, and auxiliary vessels
3 coastal battleships
|Casualties and losses|
3 torpedo boats sunk
21 ships sunk (7 battleships)
The Battle of Tsushima was the last and most decisive sea battle of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905. It was fought on May 27–28, 1905 in the Tsushima Strait. In this battle the Japanese fleet under Admiral Heihachiro Togo destroyed two-thirds of the Russian fleet under Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky. It was the largest and only major naval engagement fought by pre-dreadnought battleships, and the only sea battle in history in which steel battleships fought a decisive fleet action.
Battle of Tsushima in Days of Infamy
Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had taken part in the Battle of Tsushima, losing the first two fingers of his left hand. During the war with the United States, he constantly fought for a decisive battle, one reminiscent of the Battle of Tsushima in order to finally force the United States to the negotiating table. Alas, he nor any other fleet commander was able to do this. Even the invasion and conquest of Hawaii, which was costly to both sides, did not definitively vanquish the U.S.