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Sinking of the Lusitania

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Introduction

"The sinking of the Lusitania was an unjustified act of piracy" How far do you agree with this interpretation? The sources and your own knowledge. There are many views and opinions about the sinking of the Lusitania. Why did it happen? How? There are many sources to help historians discover what happened and unravel the carpet of mystery. The Lusitania was sunk by the German U-20 submarine on 7th may 1915 just off the Irish coast during a voyage form Liverpool to New York. She was struck by one single type G- torpedo on the forward of the bridge on the starboard side. ...read more.

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were neutral but slightly bias to England and that if Germany attacked a ship containing Americans that America would see it as a disgrace and declare war on Germany. If you think about it; sacrificing the lives of a few hundred Americans to save the life of thousands of British people. But the problem was and still is was this justified because it did save thousands of lives by America joining in the war as they where neutral and then came to our side but on the other hand maybe those people didn't need to die and maybe Britain could have found another way to get America in to the war...? ...read more.

Conclusion

Source 7 shows and proves that the public did not know about the ships being armed. They were completely oblivious to the fact. Source 8 is proof that guns and weapons where mounted on the Lusitania plus on the 17th September it was registered as an auxiliary armed cruiser. Personally I do not think that sinking the luxury liner was a act of piracy and the Germans had every right, as the ship was armed and it was registered as a "armed" plus the Germans stated that any armed liner would be attacked, and finally why did Winston Churchill not tell the liner that it had a submarine on its tail and why where they carrying troops. All these add up to something between Churchill and America joining the war. ...read more.

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