SATURDAY / MAY 8 / 1915
*Incident occured May 7
The Times’ claim of the Lusitania having been “twice torpedoed” was a deliberate lie. The second, much more powerful explosion, was caused by the ignition of the smuggled munitions.
May, 1915: Germany holds the advantage in the “Great War” (World War I). Britain wants to draw the US into the war on its side. Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill and President Woodrow Wilson’s Marxist advisor, Edward Mandell House, believe that if the Germans can be baited into sinking a British ship with Americans on board, the US will be drawn into the war. Unknown to its passengers, the luxury liner Lusitania is being used to ship war munitions to England.
Taking off from New York, Lusitania is loaded with 600 tons of explosives, 6 million pounds of ammunition, 1,200 cases of shrapnel shells, and – American passengers. The German embassy in Washington, DC is aware of the materials being shipped on the Lusitania and tries to warn American travelers. German embassy officials attempt to place ads in major U.S. newspapers but are refused in most cases.
On May 7, 1915, as Lusitania approaches the Irish coast, it is ordered to reduce speed, and its military escort vessel, Juno, is withdrawn. Churchill knows that German U-Boats are in the vicinity. Churchill purposely slows down the Lusitania and calls off Juno, leaving Lusitania and many of his own countrymen, as sitting ducks.
A German torpedo ignites the munitions, causing a secondary explosion which sinks the massive liner in about 15 minutes. Nearly 1200 passengers are killed, including 128 Americans. The British and American press vilify Germany, but make no mention of the smuggled munitions – the actual cause of the second explosion that sank the Lusitania. The British fabricate and circulate a story that in some regions of Germany, schoolchildren were given a holiday to celebrate the sinking of Lusitania.
Contrary to popular modern belief, The Lusitania incident did not drive America into World War I. It will be another two years (April, 1917) before the U.S. enters the war on Britain’s side (soon after the British agree to take control of Palestine in exchange for Jewish leaders pressuring America into the war).
During the 1950’s, the British Navy attempts to destroy the historical evidence of the Lusitania explosion by dropping depth charges onto the sunken liner.
Knowing that arms were being smuggled from the US to Great Britain, Germany took out ads in American newspapers in order to warn passengers.
Woodrow Wilson gave Americans no such warning!