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The German submarine U-20 sank the merchant-ship Lusitania on May 7th 1915 which was carrying about 2000 passengers About 100 of these passengers were American citizens The photograph portrays the Lusitania receiving fire from the U-20 The exact time is not given but one could safely guess that the picture was recorded before it sank completely which was in the afternoon Gilbert 157 In Britain the sinking of the Lusitania was for the rest of the war a powerful symbol of the conflict between right and wrong the Kaiser being portrayed as the real murderer of Captain Schwiegers Captain of U-20 victims Gilbert 158 However in Germany it was hailed as a great victory and medals were struck to commemorate it Hayes 93 The sinking of this boat also symbolizes the entry of the USA although this wasnt immediate in the World War I This may have been one of the most harmful acts Germany made that were to prove fatal to them for the final outcome of the conflict Hughes 60 although Germany was not the only one to be blamed for it Historians describe Germany as one of the strongest powers in the World War I To weaken this monster the Allied Powers had to think of something They decided to create a blockade for the trade routes that the German ships followed At the southern entrance to the North Sea Britain carefully planted minefields in the Straits of Dover left only a narrow easily controlled channel through which ships could passHayes 92 The British searched every ship that passed by for contraband But on March 11 1915 the British government announced that it considered anything at all bound for Germany contraband Hayes 92 Everyone in Germany would soon feel the result of this policy because food clothing and raw materials grew scarce The German Navy could not hope to break the British blockade but it could fight back with a different weapon
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