Dead Wake - Part V: Pages 314 - 343 Summary & Analysis

Erik Larson
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The Admiralty decided to place the blame for the Lusitania disaster on Captain Turner. John J. Horgan, the coroner in Kinsale, Ireland, launched an inquest. Horgan praised the captain for his courage after hearing his testimony and placed the blame where it belonged – on the emperor of Germany and the U-boat’s officers and crew.

Room 40 intercepted messages from U-20 on its way back to Germany boasting of its victory. Another message from Schwieger surprised everyone. He wrote that the U-20 had only launched one torpedo against the grand ship. Military and experts around the globe was certain that two torpedoes had struck the ship.

The Admiralty failed to confess how much it knew about the movements of U-20. It also did not describe the lengths it went to in protecting the HMS Orion and other military vessels and did nothing...

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