Sinking of the Lusitania

Sinking of the Lusitania

Terror at Sea

DVD - 2008
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On May 7, 1915, the passenger ship Lusitania was en route to England from New York City when a torpedo from a German U-boat sent the luxury liner and more than 1,000 passengers to an icy grave. The sinking of this great ocean liner shocked the world and "Avenge the Lusitania!" was the rallying cry that lured many young American men to enlist during World War I. In this dramatic special, Discovery Channel brings you the story of the doomed ship and, for the first time, goes inside the cramped, foul-smelling hull of the U-boat that fired the fateful torpedo.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: On May 7, 1915, the passenger ship Lusitania was en route to England from New York City when a torpedo from a German U-boat sent the luxury liner and more than 1,000 passengers to an icy grave. The sinking of this great ocean liner shocked the world and "Avenge the Lusitania!" was the rallying cry that lured many young American men to enlist during World War I. In this dramatic special, Discovery Channel brings you the story of the doomed ship and, for the first time, goes inside the cramped, foul-smelling hull of the U-boat that fired the fateful torpedo.

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RescueDog
Jul 31, 2017

This is a movie rather than a documentary in the vein of Dunkirk or Hidden Figures. I loved it. Putting real people into the story & allowing us to watch from all sides as the story unfolds was fascinating and very moving. I highly recommend it.

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akirakato
Sep 29, 2014

Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Lusitania was torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 18 minutes, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors.
The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I.
The contemporary investigations both in the UK and the United States into the precise causes of the ship's loss were obstructed by the needs of wartime secrecy and a propaganda campaign to ensure all blame fell upon Germany.
This film looks into this investigation.
It is quite unjust that the British Admiralty tries to distort the fact to blame the captain for the disaster.
In any case, the argument whether the ship was a legitimate military target raged back and forth throughout the war as both sides made misleading claims about the ship.
At the time she was sunk, however, she was carrying a large quantity of rifle cartridges and non-explosive shell casings, as well as civilian passengers.
The argument continues to this day.

aaa5756 Mar 23, 2012

PBS has done it again very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

EuSei Aug 29, 2011

Very interesting program, with lots of details about the sinking of the Luzitania. There was, of course, the gratuitous and de rigeur attack to Churchill… To crown this, John Hannah delivers the most absurd speech ever, with his thick, Scottish accent: “On that day, the idea of a good, clean war, with a code of honor that protected civilians, vanished forever. The gloves came off and a new age of total warfare began.” What an infantile blabber! First of all, no war is “good” or “clean.” Second, Germans used gas since 1915, and by the time they sank the Lusitania (1917), they had already dumped hundreds of tons on the allied armies; what kind of “good, clean war” was that? Besides, wars before WWI were brutal, barbaric, and no civilian was ever safe. But other than these faux pas, the program is quite informative.

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aaa5756 Jan 09, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Jan 09, 2014

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

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