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By Francis M. Carroll

ISBN-10: 1612511554

ISBN-13: 9781612511559

This e-book is an account of a catastrophe at sea, the sinking through a German submarine of the passenger liner Athenia crusing from Liverpool to Montreal, loaded with american citizens, Canadians, and Europeans, trying to pass the Atlantic sooner than the outbreak of conflict. even though 112 humans have been misplaced, of whom 30 have been the 1st americans killed within the warfare, 1,306 have been rescued. Housewives, kids, students, scientists, actresses, and Jewish refugees have been one of the sufferers, or even younger John F. Kennedy was once referred to as directly to supply tips. The drama, tragedy, and triumph in their reviews are a critical a part of the tale. yet after all the publication can also be approximately warfare and politics. certainly, this can be truly the place the second one global struggle begun. right here Germany, having already invaded Poland in what was once anticipated to be a constrained warfare, first struck the western Allies, Britain and France. This used to be the 1st blow, fired all of sudden, simply hours after battle used to be declared. For Britain, the sinking of the Athenia used to be visible as either a contravention of foreign legislation and a go back to the type of overall conflict Germany had waged within the nice struggle. The sinking of the Athena instantly driven Britain to undertake convoys to guard transport, and it served from the 1st to form British public opinion towards the battle. In Canada the sinking of the send and especially the dying of the blameless, ten 12 months outdated Margaret Hayworth, grew to become emotional concerns round which a lot of the state might rally in aid of the choice of Parliament to visit battle. within the usa President Franklin D. Roosevelt was once too cautious to make the sinking of the Athenia the counterpart of the sinking of the Lusitania within the First international warfare. even though, the Athenia uncovered Germany within the public brain as a significant danger to american citizens, and supplied the chance for President Roosevelt to open direct communique with Winston Churchill. The Athenia helped to alter public opinion within the usa sufficiently to amend the present Neutrality legislation to permit the rustic to promote munitions and offers to Britain and France—a supportive first step to assembly the Nazi hazard without delay. So the sinking of the Athenia is a story packed with which means and keenness that merits to be identified.

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As for success or failure, they left that in the doubtful hands of hope, and when the reality of battle was before their faces, they put their trust in their own selves. In the fighting, they thought it more honorable to stand their ground and suffer death than to give in and save their lives. So they fled from the reproaches of men, abiding with life and limb the brunt of battle; and, in a small moment of time, the climax of their lives, a culmination of glory, not of fear, were swept away from us.

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