WWI Timeline

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Archuduke was assassinated in Sarajevo. There was two attemps of the assassins, the first one the bomb missed and injured people in a parade car near the Archduke’s. The second attempt, Archduke and his wife were both shot, This assassination was done by 7 trained assassins.
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  • Britain Declares War on Germany

    Britain informs Germany that war will exist between Britain and Germany if Germany does not agree to promptly stop trespassing its army through Belgium. When Britain receives no reply, they declares war on Germany
  • Battle of Western Frontiers Begins

    The German side, "Central Powers", were trying to fight battles on both the Eastern front and the Western front at the same time. The British were able to land reinforcements by sea fast, so they could help the French. These factors prevented the “Central Powers” from defeating France with one fast “Preemptive strike”, through Belgium.Thus, the Central Powers were not able to soon concentrate on the Western front.
  • First reported use of Chemical Warfare

    Germany used it there in shells that contained a “tearing agent”.Germany released 170 tons of poisonous Chlorine gas, killing and injuring many Allied troops. Both sides then were using increasing amounts of various poisonous chemical warfare. And near the end of WW1 one out of every four
    shells fired contained such chemicals. This caused many deaths long after the war ended.
  • Lusitania is Sunk

    A German sub sunk it with only one torpedo, about 12 miles from Ireland. About 1,195 lives were lost out of the ~1,918 aboard the Lusitania. That included 128 Americans lives lost with it, and also 94 children.
    Wilson declared war immediately.
  • Battle of Jutland

    The biggest naval battle in WW1.
    It was an indecisive win, but the British over powered the German.
    German victory would have prevented Britain from continuing to “rule the seas”. Britain could still build, buy, and receive ships faster than Germany could.
  • Britian brings in Tanks

    Tanks were a new military invention and first used on the Somme battlefield during the war
  • U.S. declared war on Britian

    After the sinking of the British Passenger ship Lusitania, where a number of US citizens died, President Wilson and the U.S. declared war on Germany.
    This occurred while Russia was still fighting on the Allies’ side. But Germany had now an even longer list of big counties at war against her: Britain + France + Russia + U.S. + Italy + Japan against Germany + Austria-Hungary + Turkey.
  • First signs of Armistice

    Soviet Russia and Central Powers begin peace talks, and sign an
    Armistice. Lenin deemed Russia in no condition to continue in the war, and with little or nothing to gain by continuing the war.
  • Germany and Austria-Hungary send for Armistice

    Germany and Austria-Hungary send Wilson note asking for Armistice. Wilson’s high-sounding principles of self-determination are considered by many to have helped persuade Germany to “sue for peace”. Wilson insisted that the new German “Weimar Republic” sign the famous “War Guilt Clause” in the final peace treaty.
  • War Ended

    An Armistice goes into effect and Germany surrenders