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Thrasher incident

Summary
The Thrasher incident, as it became known in the US media, nearly became the start of America's involvement in World War I. On March 28, 1915, the British steamship was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat . In the incident, 104 people were killed, including one American passenger, Leon Chester Thrasher, a 31-year-old mining engineer from Massachusetts. Background On 4 Feb. 1915, the German Admiralty declared a war zone around Britain, with all ships in that zone to be targeted. Germany's 30 submarines then began sinking all vessels, whether belligerent or neutral. Though they had secret orders to spare American ships, a freighter and a tanker were sunk. Britain responded by tightening its blockade of Germany that included food. The British Admiralty instructed ships to steer away or to ram any submarine that they encountered. They were not to zigzag. The American government, led by US President Woodrow Wilson and US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, responded w
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