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Friday, 28 February 2014

The Great War - A call to America

Although the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 would not bring America into the Great War it was a key event to the nation eventually joining the allied forces.

The Sinking of the Lusitania, released in 1918, is an animated short film by American artist Winsor McCay. It features a short 12 minute explanation of the sinking of RMS Lusitania after it was struck by two torpedoes fired from a German U-boat. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I. McCay illustrated some 25,000 drawings for the production. The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual event, including a moment by moment recap, casualty list, and a list of prominent figures who were killed.

1 comment:

Oscar said...

1,115 died, but how many passengers were on it? It was a cowardly act for sure.