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Predicate Object 26 Mar 2007 2007-03-26T00:00:00.000Z 2007-03-26T00:00:00.000Z 2007.23.2 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2007.23.2 unknown 2007-03-26T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T10:52:35.019Z 65 souvenir/wars naval warfare/wars propaganda/wars Souvenir medal relating to the sinking of SS Lusitania on 7 May 1915, WW1 Medal published by the Lusitania Souvenir Medal Committee. It was a close copy in iron of German medal designed by Karl Goetz following the sinking of the Cunard Line vessel, Lusitania on 7 May 1915. The English medal issued as a propaganda and fundraising device - highlighting the intent of Germany to sink any vessel regardless of lives of passengers; and profits from sale were to go to the St Dunstan's Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Hostel. The Lusitania was torpedoed on 7 May while sailing off the Irish coast (en route from the USA to the UK) at a cost of 1198 lives lost. The date on the medal - 5 May 1915 - was believed to be proof that this was a pre-mediated and deliberate attack on a supposedly neutral passenger vessel. There is also considerable controversy about the actual cargo of the Cunard line vessel, and a suggestion that there was that the vessel did carry munitions etc, a deliberate ploy on the part of the ship owners to attract German retaliation, in order to draw the USA into the war. Souvenir medal relating to the sinking of SS Lusitania on 7 May 1915, WW1. boxed Lusitania medal .1 medal: based on original by CP Goerz .2 box: cardboard box with hinged lid, illustration of Lusitania on lid, inside lid text about the event, bottom of box padded cover: illustration of Lusitania in black red and white, test: R.M.S. LUSITANIA / CUNARD LINE - 32000 TONS / SUNK ON HER RETURN JOURNEY FROM THE UNITED STATES BY A GERMAN SUBMARINE / MAY 7TH. 1915 inside lid: The "Lusitania" (German) Medal / An exact replica of the medal which was designed in Germany and distributed to commemorate the sinking of the "Lusitania." / This indicates the true feeling the War Lords endeavour to stimulate, and is proof positive that such crimes are not merely regarded favourably, but are given every encouragement in the land of Kultur. / The "Lusitania" was sunk by a German submarine on May 7th, 1915. she had on board at the time 1,951 passengers and crew, of whom 1,198 perished. medal, commemorative
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