Archduke Ferdinand AssassinatiedThe assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on 28 June 1914, set in motion a series of diplomatic events that led to the outbreak of war in Europe at the end of July 1914. It was the shot that was heard around the world. http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/harrachmemoir.htm
War Declared!Watch how itall beganGermany declared war on Russia.
Germany declared war on France.
Great Britain declared war on Germany.
Modern WarfareGermans first used poisonous gas. Poison gas was probably the most feared of all weapons in World War One. Poison gas was indiscriminate and could be used on the trenches even when no attack was going on. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/poison_gas_and_world_war_one.htm
British Troops WithdrawBritish Troops Withdraw from Gallipoli. The rules for the withdrawal laid down that the lives of the men were more important than saving weapons and equipment. http://www.dva.gov.au/news_archive/Documents/090327_GallipoliCampaign.pdf
The Allies ProgressThe allies progress in the Battle of the Somme.
United States Declares WarVideo: USA enters the war
United States enters the war by declaring war on Germany.
Treaty SignedRussia signs treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey, for the one part, and Russia, for the other part, declare that the state of war between them has ceased. http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/brestlitovsk.htm
Allies Move ForwardAllies begin thier last attack on the western front.
Fighting EndsThe armistice took effect at 11am on 11 November - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The war was over, and with its end many of the European dynasties fell. http://www.firstworldwar.com/timeline/1918.htm
Treaty of VersaillesThe treaty featured 440 Articles, with the addition of numerous Annexes...quite the read!
It is often argued that the punitive terms of the treaty supported the rise of the Nazis and the Third Reich in 1930s Germany, which in turn led to the outbreak of World War II. http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/versailles.htm
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