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Lancastria: Britain's forgotten disaster

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Britain's worst ever maritime disaster, the 1940 sinking of the troopship Lancastria, which claimed the lives of between four and six thousand men, has all but been erased from history. But survivors and campaigners are keeping the memory alive.

Most people have heard of the Titanic, the Transatlantic liner which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 and was immortalised in James Cameron's blockbuster 1997 movie.

And the Lusitania, torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915, is still remembered as the ship which brought the United States into the World War I.

But have you heard of the Lancastria? Perhaps not. Because the sinking of this liner in 1940, an event which claimed the lives of more victims than the Titanic and the Lusitania combined, almost disappeared from history, a victim of the propaganda war which underlay Britain's fight against Nazi Germany.


Added: Jul-2-2010 
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  • "Britain's worst ever maritime disaster, the 1940 sinking of the troopship Lancastria, which claimed the lives of between four and six thousand men..."

    Well which is it, 4000 or 6000? How the fuck could they not know if there was an extra two thousand men aboard?

    PS: I think the Tragically Hip sang a song about this called Nautical Disaster. Great tune.

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  • very sad, but on the other side of the earth five years later 250,000 were vaporized in about ten minutes.

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    • i think the point is we dont know about the lancastira, i for one never heard anything about this. after seeing so much horrific death online and seeing a million ways to die painfully on the net,if i die in my sleep gaed 90 ill be well happy.

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    • If it wasn't for the A-bomb that fukker Hirohito would have let everyone die on that island just to massage his ego. That bastard should have been drawn and quartered at the end of the war. He was the cause of the War not Tojo, who just took the blame, as was his duty.

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  • if they covered this up you can bet there were others

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  • Do they know where the wreck is? Just curious.

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  • pwn3d.

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