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The Sinking of Athenia (Excerpt)

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Published on Nov 14, 2012

In 1939 the Athenia became the first British casualty of World War II when a German U Boat sank it off the coast of Ireland on the evening of 3rd September, with the loss of 112 passengers and crew.

The complete film combines historic and newly-shot film footage alongside interviews with two people who were present at the sinking -- Dr Marianne Young, who was onboard the Athenia, and Herr Hoegell, who was the radio operator on the U Boat -- who represent two sides of the argument subsequent of the Athenia's sinking - whose fault was it?

On display now at Riverside Museum

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