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Pact of London

A postcard of some of the last moments of the French battleship Léon-Gambetta, sunk by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-5 under the command of Captain Georg von Trapp around midnight the night of April 26-27, 1915. The ship sunk in just nine minutes, taking 684 of its 821 men to their death. Captain von Trapp was later famous as head of the von Trapp Family Singers, immortalized on stage and screen in The Sound of Music.
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Le 'Léon-Gambetta' coulé le 26 Avril 1915
Croiseur cuirasse lancé en 1901 - Déplacement 12,512 tonnes - Puissance totale 28,715 chevaux - Vitesse 23 nœuds
The 'Léon Gambetta' sunk April 26, 1915
Armored cruiser launched in 1901 - displacement: 12,512 tons - Total horsepower 28,715 - speed 23 knots
Logo: ELD

A postcard of some of the last moments of the French battleship Léon-Gambetta, sunk by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-5 under the command of Captain Georg von Trapp around midnight the night of April 26-27, 1915. The ship sunk in just nine minutes, taking 684 of its 821 men to their death. Captain von Trapp was later famous as head of the von Trapp Family Singers, immortalized on stage and screen in The Sound of Music.

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Le 'Léon-Gambetta' coulé le 26 Avril 1915

Croiseur cuirasse lancé en 1901 - Déplacement 12,512 tonnes - Puissance totale 28,715 chevaux - Vitesse 23 nœuds



The 'Léon Gambetta' sunk April 26, 1915

Armored cruiser launched in 1901 - displacement: 12,512 tons - Total horsepower 28,715 - speed 23 knots



Logo: ELD

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1915 Pact of London

On April 26, 1915 Italy, Great Britain, and France signed the secret Treaty of London in which Italy agreed to enter the war on the side of the Entente Allies by May 26. In return the allies agreed to loan Italy £50,000,000 and promised territories (such as Trentino and Trieste) to be won. Britain agreed to supply Italy with coal, which it already supplied to France).

Italy followed up on May 4, 1915, formally abrogating its treaty with Germany and Austria-Hungary that had created the Triple Alliance. The Italian Parliament voted for war on May 21.

1867 Treaty of London

Britain, France, and Germany were signatories to the 1867 Treaty of London which guaranteed the neutrality of Belgium and Luxembourg. Germany's Schlieffen Plan opened with invasions of the two countries prior to an invasion of France across its northern border.

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