On May 7, 1915, just nine months into World War I, one of the largest and fastest luxury passenger liners of its day was en route home to England when a German sub blew it out of the water. Of the 1,959 people aboard the Lusitania, nearly two-thirds died. Many men, women and children were trapped inside as the great ship sinks in just eighteen minutes. Many historians believe the sinking of the Lusitania is more tragic than the Titanic disaster, because the attack on the Lusitania was a deliberate, murderous act of war upon a ship of innocent souls. The sinking of this great ocean liner shocked the world, and "Avenge the Lusitania" was the rallying cry that lured many young American men to enlist during World War I.
What international tensions led up to the attack on one of the world's biggest passenger ships? Why did many Americans sail on the Lusitania after Germany gave the warning in New York City newspapers of the danger passengers assumed if they traveled on the ship? How could a single torpedo sink such a large ship? Explore these questions and more in this fascinating documentary about one of the most mysterious maritime tragedies in history.
- Run Time: 30 minutes
- Region: All Regions
About the Author
Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and coauthored biography. He and Rudi Wobbe won the prestigious National Award from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge for sharing Rudi’s true-life experiences in Three Against Hitler. A number of his books, including A Distant Prayer with Joseph Banks and ’Til the Boys Come Home, are LDS best-sellers. Jerry has been featured in a number of DVD presentations, including Stories from the Life of Orrin Porter Rockwell, as well as in television and radio interviews.
by Crystal - reviewed on August 08, 2011
30 minutes does not give enough time to the question. This should have been much more for the viewer. Not recommended because although interesting far too short.
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