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Which of the following explains the MAIN reason German U-boats began sinking neutral American merchant ships in 1915?

A

Germany had a strained relationship with the United States for several decades prior to the outbreak of war.

B

The U.S. had been secretly supplying the British in violation of America's neutral stance on the war.

C

German U-boat officers often misjudged American vessels for British vessels.

D

The American naval escort of the ships often fires first upon the German U-boats.

E

The effective British blockade of the German coastline, by default, supplied the British more than the Germans.

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