Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Lusitania

On the SubSim forum, I found a link to this story from late last year:
Secret of the Lusitania: Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship

In 1916, a German submarine sank the passenger liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, killing almost 1200 people and creating a publicity storm that helped draw the United States into World War I. The Germans claimed the ship was being used to secretly carry munitions, making it a legitimate military target. The British and Americans denied this, portraying the incident as an unjustified attack on noncombatants.

Could people who speak English possibly lie during wartime? Well, the folks who have been diving on the wreck claim they have found a huge stash of rifle bullets in the hold of the ship and they believe there may be heavier munitions yet to find. The Germans may well have been right.

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