World War I - Febuary 14, 2011

By dm10wl
  • Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

    Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
    A Serbian nationalist student, Gavrilo Princip, assassinated the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, when their open car stopped at a corner on its way out of the town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCTIaiiGB4o
  • Austria declared war on Serbia

    Austria declared war on Serbia
    The Austrian government blamed the Serbian government for the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife and declared war on Serbia.
  • Germany declared war on France

    Germany declared war on France
    Germany declared war on France. German troops poured into Belgium as directed under the Schleiffen Plan, drawn up in 1905.
  • Italy

    Italy entered the war on the side of the Allies.
  • Battle of Verdun

    Battle of Verdun
    The Germans mounted an attack on the French at Verdun designed to 'bleed the French dry.' Casualties were enormous on both sides with the Germans losing 430,000 men and the French 540,000.
  • Battle of the Somme

    Battle of the Somme
    This was an inconclusive battle that lasted for some five months. Although 60,000 British men were killed or seriously wounded on the first day, Field Marshall Douglas Haig ordered that the battle must continue.
  • USA declares war on Germany

    USA declares war on Germany
    The United States of America declared war on Germany in response to the sinking, by German U boats, of US ships.
  • W.front Passchendale

    W.front Passchendale
    The operation commanded by the French General, Nivelle, went wrong and caused the loss of many French soldiers. At the resulting battle of Passchendale, Haig broke his promise to call off the battle if the first stage failed because he did not want to lose face with the government.
  • Allies recover France and Belgium

    Allies recover France and Belgium
    The allies had taken almost all of German-occupied France and part of Belgium.
  • Armistice signed

    Armistice signed
    At 11 am, in the French town of Redonthes, the Armistice was signed bringing the war to an end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJnyPj0-tdE