The Attack on the Lusitania

by Jerry Borrowman

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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.

About the Author

Jerry Borrowman

Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and nonfiction. He has written about World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. He is the recipient of the George Washington National Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Jerry and his wife, Marcella, raised four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.

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Too short
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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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