18 Key events of World War 1

Timeline created by JoshHarrison
  • Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

    Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
    Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by serbian nationalist named Gavrilo Princep. Set off the powder keg of Europe.
  • Austrian-Hungarian Empire Declares war on Serbia

    Austrian-Hungarian Empire Declares war on Serbia
    Due to the assassination, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire declared what was expected to be a short war on Serbia.
  • Germany Invades Belgium

    Germany Invades Belgium
    To execute the Schlieffen Plan, Germany had to go through Belgium in order to invade France.
  • Battle of Tannenberg

    Battle of Tannenberg
    Germans defeated the Russian army on its way to invade Germany.
  • First Battle of the Marne

    First Battle of the Marne
    The Allies stopped the German invasion of Paris.
  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    Sinking of the Lusitania
    A British passenger ship, sunk by a German U-Boat.
  • Battle of Verdun

    Battle of Verdun
    The French held their line against a German offensive until December of the same year, during the longest battle of the war.
  • Battle of Jutland

    Battle of Jutland
    An indecisive naval battle between German and British fleets.
  • Battle of the Somme

    Battle of the Somme
    A disastrous Allied offensive at the Somme, where Allied casualties numbered in the millions.
  • US Declares War

    US Declares War
    The United States enters into the first World War, declaring war on the Central Powers.
  • USSR withdraws from the War

    USSR withdraws from the War
    Russian revolutionaries setup a Communist goverment, attempting to make peace with the Central Powers.
  • German Spring Offensive of 1918

    German Spring Offensive of 1918
    A series of German Attacks along the Western Front.
  • RAF formed

    RAF formed
    The british Royal Air Force is formed.
  • Second Battle of the Marne

    Second Battle of the Marne
    The turning point of the war, in which the Allies defeated the Central Powers and advanced continuously until the end of the war.
  • Battle of St. Mihiel

    Battle of St. Mihiel
    General Pershing leads the American Army to Victory.
  • Austrian-Hungarian Empire Surrenders

    Austrian-Hungarian Empire Surrenders
    The Austrian-Hungarian Empire surrenders.
  • Kaiser Abdicated

    Wilhem II is overthrown, and a German Republic is made.
  • World War 1 Ends

    World War 1 Ends
    The Central Powers, tired of fighting, sign the armistice that ends World War 1