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Lusitania sank Mai 7 1915

Amoranemix
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5/8/2015 1:43:11 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
The disaster happened exactly 100 years ago. From http://www.history.com... :

"On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner"Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people were drowned, including 128 Americans. The attack aroused considerable indignation in the United States, but Germany defended the action, noting that it had issued warnings of its intent to attack all ships, neutral or otherwise, that entered the war zone around Britain.

When World War I erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson pledged neutrality for the United States, a position that the vast majority of Americans favored. Britain, however, was one of America"s closest trading partners, and tension soon arose between the United States and Germany over the latter"s attempted quarantine of the British isles. Several U.S. ships traveling to Britain were damaged or sunk by German mines, and in February 1915 Germany announced unrestricted submarine warfare in the waters around Britain.

On January 31, 1917, Germany, determined to win its war of attrition against the Allies, announced that it would resume unrestricted warfare in war-zone waters. Three days later, the United States broke diplomatic relations with Germany, and just hours after that the American liner Housatonic was sunk by a German U-boat. On February 22, Congress passed a $250 million arms appropriations bill intended to make the United States ready for war. In late March, Germany sunk four more U.S. merchant ships, and on April 2 President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany. On April 4, the Senate voted to declare war against Germany, and two days later the House of Representatives endorsed the declaration. With that, America entered World War I."

Notice how fast it sank compared to the Titanic (http://www.debate.org...), who resisted 150 minutes.
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xus00HAY
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5/14/2015 7:26:14 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
The Lusitania sunk faster than the titanic because of all the ammunition down there in the cargo hold. When the torpedo hit, it set off the other explosive stuff.
The British were not able to win the war without assistance from America.
The British Navy was bigger and stronger that the German navy. Its like the song says "rule Britania, Britania rules the waves. If the Germans wanted to buy military items from America, it wouldn't happen because ships carrying ammuntition from America to Germany would be sunk by the Royal Navy.
However Britain could buy anything from America, because the ships carrying it would be protected by the dominant British Navy.
By shipping munitions on the Lusitania the cargo would be protected by the American passengers aboard in the upper decks. The Krauts would not attack a ship with Yanks aboard.
Now, the idea here is you can't attack a ship with Americans aboard it ,so this ship can deliver the ammunition that will go to the trenches and be shot at the German soldiers.
Hey, there is often plenty of fog around Britain and the North Sea, how can you tell what ship a torpedo is aimed at in these conditions?
What this means is because of free trade an American company can sell munitions to Britain, even though this stuff will be carried by an ocean liner that is headed straight into a war zone. OK this will put the passengers at risk, but there will always be plenty more where those came from.
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5/14/2015 2:16:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
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