Lusitania
(653 words)

Lusitania

A British luxury liner that was torpedoed on May 7, 1915, off the south coast of Ireland by the German U-boat U-20 while on its way from New York to Liverpool. A total of 1,198 passengers (according to another estimate: 1,201) lost their lives, including 127 Americans. The incident occurred during the phase of unrestricted U-boat warfare, during which the German naval command intensified its efforts to sink British merchant ships in order to cripple the British economy.

Whether or not the Lusitania had munitions on board was controversially debated for many years…

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Kramer, Alan, “Lusitania”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 19 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0370>
First published online: 2015



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