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Timeline of World War One

Timeline of World War One

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World War One timeline, starting in 1914:


28th June - Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated in Sarajevo

5th July - Kaiser Wilhelm II promised German support for Austria against Serbia

28th July - Austria declared war on Serbia

1st August - Germany declared war on Russia

3rd August - Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium. Germany had to implement the Schlieffen Plan.

4th August - Britain declared war on Germany

23rd August - The BEF started its retreat from Mons. Germany invaded France.

26th August - Russian army defeated at Tannenberg and Masurian Lakes.

6th September - Battle of the Marne started.

18th October - First Battle of Ypres.

29th October - Turkey entered the war on Germany's side. Trench warfare started to dominate the Western Front.


19th January - The first Zeppelin raid on Britain took place

19th February - Britain bombarded Turkish forts in the Dardanelles

25th April - Allied troops landed in Gallipoli

7th May - the “Lusitania” was sunk by a German U-boat

23rd May - Italy declared war on Germany and Austria

5th August - The Germans captured Warsaw from the Russians

25th September - Start of the Battle of Loos

19th December - The Allies started the evacuation of Gallipoli


27th January - Conscription introduced in Britain

21st February - Start of the Battle of Verdun

29th April - British forces surrendered to Turkish forces at Kut in Mesopotamia

31st May - Battle of Jutland

4th June - Start of the Brusilov Offensive

1st July - Start of the Battle of the Somme

10th August - End of the Brusilov Offensive

15th September -First use en-masse of tanks at the Somme

7th December - Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister


1st February - Germany's unrestricted submarine warfare campaign started

6th April - USA declared war on Germany

16th April- France launched an unsuccessful offensive on the Western Front

31st July - Start of the Third Battle at Ypres

24th October - Battle of Caporetto - the Italian Army was heavily defeated

6th November - Britain launched a major offensive on the Western Front

10th November - British tanks won a victory at Cambrai

5th December - Armistice between Germany and Russia signed

9th December - Britain captured Jerusalem from the Turks


3rd March - The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed between Russia and Germany

21st March - Germany broke through on the Somme

29th March - Marshall Foch was appointed Allied Commander on the Western Front

9th April - Germany started an offensive in Flanders

15th July - Second Battle of the Marne started. The start of the collapse of the German army

8th August - the advance of the Allies was successful

19th September - Turkish forces collapsed at Megiddo

4th October - Germany asked the Allies for an armistice

29th October - Germany's navy mutinied

30th October - Turkey made peace

3rd November - Austria made peace

9th November - Kaiser William II abdicated

11th November - Germany signed an armistice with the Allies - the official date of the end of World War One.

Post-war 1919

4th January - Peace conference met at Paris

21st June - The surrendered German naval fleet at Scapa Flow was scuttled.

28th June - The Treaty of Versailles was signed by the Germans.

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