Teddy R suspected war as being probable, so he ordered the Asiatic Squadron led by Commodore George Dewey, which was made up of 4 boats, into position to attack the Philippines before declaration of war was made. We attack at 5 am on May 1st, and with the element of surprise (morning) and our powerful modern weaponry, (8 inch guns could fire a 250 lb projectile for 5 miles, could penetrate up to 3.5 in. armor) the Spanish dont stand a chance, even with us only scoring hits at 2.5. Within one morning, their entire navy is gone and only one of our men is lost (due to heatstroke.) American and Filipino forces are successful on land until August 1898, then fight each other until 1902.