The Sinking of the Sussex During World War I
A discussion on how the sinking of the British steam-liner Sussex caused a chain of events that led the Kaiser to the decision to use unrestricted submarine warfare against the Allies in World War I.
“On March 24th 1916 the UB-29 commanded by Oberleutaut Pustkuchen sunk the French passenger steamer Sussex en route to Dieppe. This sinking was the catalyst for two major first time events in the history of war. First, the sinking led to a change in American political and popular thinking towards Germany, which ultimately led to our entry into the First World War. For the first time, the United States entered the world stage by joining a foreign war, and ended the war as a major power. Secondly, the sinking led Germany to a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare that changed the face of warfare in general. This policy encouraged the attacking of civilian and non-military targets to demoralize and to prevent trade from occurring. ”