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On May 7, 1915, just nine months into World War I, one of the largest and fastest luxury passengerliners of its day was en route home to England when a German sub blew it out of the water. Ofthe 1,959 people aboard the Lusitania, nearly two-thirds died. Many men, women, and childrenwere trapped inside as the great ship sunk in just eighteen minutes. Many historians believe thesinking of the Lusitania is more tragic than the Titanic disaster, because the attack on the Lusitaniawas a deliberate murderous act of war upon a ship of innocent souls. The sinking of this greatocean liner shocked the world, and “Avenge the Lusitania!” was the rallying cry that lured manyyoung American men to enlistduring World War I.
What international tensions led up to the attack on one of the world’s biggest, fastest, and mostluxurious passenger ships? Why did many Americans sail on the Lusitania after Germany gavewarning in New York City newspapers of the danger passengers assumed if they travelled on theship? How could a single torpedo sink such a large ship? Why did Germany target the Lusitania,a civilian vessel? Why did such an enormous ship sink so fast? And were the British as culpable asthe Germans in the sinking of the luxury liner? Explore these questions and more in this fascinatingdocumentary about one of the most mysterious maritime tragedies in history.