Lead: On May 7, 1915, German submarine U20 torpedoed the Cunard passenger liner Lusitania. 1198 passengers and crew including 128 Americans went to their deaths. The sinking of so prominent a target provoked outrage, accusations, and questions, and helped draw the United States into World War I.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Just months into the war, Allied Forces—initially France, Russia, Serbia, and Britain— used a time-honored offensive strategy against the Central Powers—initially Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Germany. Britain also mined parts of the North Sea to block both military and civilian supplies from reaching Germany. The latter responded with submarine attacks against shipping in the waters around British Isles.

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