World War I

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    World War I

    First World War
  • Austria-Hungary sends an ultimatum to Serbia

    Serbia didn't agree with all of the demands from the document and so Austria-Hungary declared war.
  • Britian Declares War on Germany

    To reach France, Germany had to head through neutral Belgium. Because of Britain's promise to protect Belgium, they declared war on Germany.
  • First German zeppelin air raid on England

    This zeppelin raid killed two, and injured sixteen. The raid was carried out by two zeppelins, the L3 and L4. This was the start of a continuous rate of zeppelin raids that continued for about two months. The Zeppelin was designed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
  • The Germans fired shells filled with chlorine gas at allied lines

    This was the first time that large amounts of gas were used in battle and the result was the near collapse of the French lines. However, the Germans were unable to take advantage of the breach.
  • Lusitania Sinks

    A German submarine sunk the passenger liner Lusitania. This ship carried 1,198 people, 128 of the were Americans.
  • Battle of Verdun Begins

    The Germans believed that the key to winning the war would be NOT on the Western Front fighting the Russians, but on the Eastern Front, defeating the French. They thought if they defeated the French, then Britian will either seek terms with Germany or become defeated. In addition to this battle against France, Germans would use unrestricted submarine attacks around Britian ports - "starving" Britian.
  • Wilson is Re-elected as President

    Republican Charles Evans Hughes runs against Wilson for Presidency. Even though Hughes favors neutrality in regards to the war, Wilson supporters create an image for Wilson that "he has kept us out of war". The race was close and Wilson had won.
  • USA declares war on Germany

    America entered World War One on April 6th, 1917. Up to that date, America had tried to keep out of World War One – though she had traded with nations involved in the war – but unrestricted submarine warfare, introduced by the Germans on January 9th, 1917, was the primary issue that caused Woodrow Wilson to ask Congress to declare war on Germany on April 2nd. Four days later, America joined World War One on the side of the Allies.
  • The Battle of Caporetto

    The Battle of Caporetto was one of the more decisive battles of World War One. The Italian Army suffered major losses at Caporetto in terms of prisoners taken and equipment lost.
  • The Treaty of Versailles was signed by the Germans.

    The Treaty of Versailles was the peace settlement signed after World War One had ended in 1918 and in the shadow of the Russian Revolution and other events in Russia. The treaty was signed at the vast Versailles Palace near Paris - hence its title - between Germany and the Allies.