German U-Boats sink British Luxary Liner

Early into WWI Germany declared that the waters surrounding Britain were off limits to commercial trade. Off the coast of Ireland, in 1915, U-boats sank a luxurious British liner named the Lusitania resulting in the loss of over 1,200 lives (which included 128 Americans). After the silent torpedoing pressure from the American government called for Germany to now give first warning before performing a silent attack on a vessel. Americans halted their trade to Germany and Austria-Hungary which resulted in major shortages of food and material to those ports.

Famous contemptorary view of the sinking of the Lusitania

 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1098904/Secret-Lusitania-Arms-challenges-Allied-claims-solely-passenger-ship.html

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