What was the purpose of sending Lusitania

The sinking of the Lusitania

It was a shock that shook the world: the sinking of the British passenger liner Lusitania on May 7, 1915 by a German submarine. In just 18 minutes, the gigantic ship sank off the south coast of Ireland in the middle of the day. 1,198 people drowned, well over half of the crew and passengers - women, men, children ...

Just like the "Titanic", the British passenger steamer "Lusitania" was also considered unsinkable. So it was a huge shock when the ship sank after only one torpedo hit. Director Christopher Spencer turned this international co-production around the last last voyage of the luxury liner and its sinking. He shows the event from the perspective of the people on the Lusitania as well as from the perspective of the crew of the German submarine and that of the British Admiralty, which was anything but uninvolved. Because today it is clear that the ship could not have sunk just by the torpedo hit - only the explosives on board made this possible. The downfall itself is shown in real time, scenes and dialogues were largely reconstructed from existing documents, and the people involved are based on real people. The dramatized documentary is as realistic as James Cameron's film adaptation of the sinking of the "Titanic". "The sinking of the Lusitania" had a lasting influence on the further course of the First World War and led to the entry of the USA into the war. What nobody could have foreseen in 1915, however: the number of deaths in ship disasters was to increase again many times over in World War II: For example, over 9,000 people died when the "Die Gustloff" sank in January 1945 - a sad record to this day.

Photo: NDR / Darlow Smithson Productions