Why did the Lusitania sink
in only eighteen minutes?

 

There were two explosions, the second much bigger than the first. The British claimed that two German torpedoes hit the Lusitania, but the Germans said that only one was fired. President Woodrow Wilson accepted the British story, but we now know that the German claim was correct. Only one torpedo hit the ship. So what caused the huge second explosion that sank the liner in eighteen minutes?

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About Ivan Light

Professor Emeritus of Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Over a long career, he has published many books and articles dealing with immigration to the United States, immigrant entrepreneurs, organized crime, big cities, and American social history.

His academic publication record and many downloads are available on his university webpage (click here).

Deadly Secret of the Lusitania is his first book of fiction.