Sunday, December 13, 2015

Today -100: December 13, 1915: Of anconas

The US sends a note to Austria about last month’s sinking of the Ancona, using much harsher language – “inhumane,” “barbarous,” “wanton slaughter” – than that used in the notes sent to Germany over the Lusitania. It requires Austria to admit that the sinking was “illegal and indefensible,” punish the U-boat captain, and pay reparations to the families of American victims. Austria claims not to have responded to previous requests for information because it is unable to communicate with the U-38.

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