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“The sinking of the Lusitania was an inexcusable war crime committed by the Germans.” Do you agree with this statement?

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"The sinking of the Lusitania was an inexcusable war crime committed by the Germans." Do you agree with this statement? Introduction The Lusitania was a British passenger ship that belonged to the Cunard Company. At the time it was the quickest and biggest passenger ship in the world. Before and during the war it made journeys across the Atlantic between the UK and the US. It usually carried British and American passengers. On May the 17th 1915 The Lusitania was sunk by the German submarine U-20. The US was not part of the war. I agree with this statement because... I think that the sinking of the Lusitania was a war crime because America was not part of the war. ...read more.

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There is one thing that both sources agree on and that is innocent civilians were killed. The Americans were not expecting an attack because source 4 from an American historian says that, "There were no patrols on the scene. As precaution two lookouts on the forecastle head, and an extra man in the crow's nest and a man at either end of the bridge; they scanned the seas but saw nothing." This shows that there wasn't anything on the ship worth protecting and there shouldn't have been any danger of a German attack. I disagree with this statement because... I think that the sinking of the Lusitania was not a war crime because source 1 from American newspapers shows that the Germans had warned of any ships sailing through British waters would be sunk. ...read more.

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The Lusitania was a British ship flying the British flag in the war-zone and that is the reason it was sunk. Conclusion Overall I think that the sinking of the Lusitania was not a war crime. The Lusitania had been warned in advance about sailing in the war-zone. it tells us this in source 1 "Vessels flying the flag of Great Britain or of any of her allies, are liable to destruction in those waters travellers sailing in the war-zone on ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk." This source is reliable because it came from the German Government and was printed in the American newspapers. Whichever way you look at it the Lusitania took a big risk by sailing through the war-zone without an escort. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - Anthony Musto 10J Lusitania Essay. 01/05/07 ...read more.

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