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58596: Lusitania Medal

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posted on 2024-02-23, 23:00 authored by Great War Archive Project Team

The RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine on the 7th May 1915. 1,198 people died. The Germans struck a medal in commemoration of the event, but with the wrong date (the 5th May). This prompted an outcry and allegations that the sinking was premeditated murder.

The medal was also struck by the English (the example here, mounted on an unofficial plinth) as a propaganda tool.

History

Identifier

8951.cpd| 3605.jpg|GWA_1900_lu_1_resize.jpg 3606.jpg|GWA_1901_lu_2_resize.jpg

Subject

Unknown

Date

7th May 1915

Date Created

07/05/1915

Source

Artifact

Medium

Metal

Type

Memorabilia

Pages

1, 2

Number of Pages

2

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Lewis Trickey

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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