[2014] AdrianL23 (Hist 20 Period 1): The Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

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[2014] AdrianL23 (Hist 20 Period 1): The Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

At that time the Germans were blocked from getting any suplies because of Britain's Naval Blockade which means Germany can not supply the demands of its people, and attacking merchant ships did not help their situation. Therefore Germany was in the verge of starvation.

The Unrestricted Submarine Warfare started on Febuary 1 1917. A lot of ships from any nation were attacked even the ones that are not involved in the war. When the Germans attaked RMS Lusitania many people were killed including 128 Americans, which is one of the major causes why America joined the war.

The Unrestricted Submarine Warfare: U-Boats(Unterseeboot)

On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson requested a declaration of war against Germany. On April 6, 1917 America officially entered war against Germany. Most of the Americans did not want to get involved but they had to because it was mandatory for 21-30 years old males to sign up for military service. Many of them got dragged into a war that they did not want.

Germany did not get any benefit from the Unrestricted Submarine Warfare because they gained a new enemy, they suffered from starvation, and were lacking materials due to lack of supplies.

Germany lacked the proper raw materials to produce ammunitions and other war machines due to the British Naval Blockade and the fact that they attack merchant ships that can possibly bring them supplies that they need for the war and for their country.

Aproximately750,000 Germans died in total including soldiers and civilians due to starvation.


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