world war 1

By chadk
  • The assassination of Franz Ferdinand

    19-year-old Gavrilo Princip assassinated Ferdinand and his wife Sophie.
  • “Blank Check”

    Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany’s unconditional promise to defend Austria-Hungary if Russia attacked it while Austria was invading Serbia.
  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

    First event that started the first truly global war.
  • Germany Invades Belgium

    The Germans attacked on August 3rd. The next day, Great Britain declared war on Germany.
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    Battle of Tannenburg

    The Germans surrounded parts of the Russian army and captured over 100,000 Russian prisoners.
  • Battle of the Bight

    British Royal Navy baited German warships in Helgoland Bight out to sea, where British forces sank three of the German ships with few losses of their own.
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    First Battle of Marne

    The Allies counterattacked against the German forces, with little success. The Germans then attacked the French lines, but their attack failed.
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    Battle of the Masurian Lakes

    An engagement on September 9–14, 1914, in which two German armies under the command of General Paul von Hindenburg defeated Russia’s First Army under General Paul von Rennenkampf. Russia suffered 125,000 casualties.
  • Battle of Coronel

    engagement in which the German East Asia Squadron defeated a weaker British squadron off the coast of Argentina.
  • Battle of the Falkland Islands

    British decimated the German East Asia Squadron during an attack on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
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    Battle of Gallipoli

    Britain invaded Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula as part of its effort to force open the Dardanelles, the strait between Europe and Asia.
  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    128 American citizens were among the 1,200 passengers of the liner Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine.
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    Battle of Verdun

    Verdun was the longest battle and one of the most devastating in the First World War.
  • Battle of Jutland

    the largest sea battle in naval warfare history in terms of the numbers of battleships and battlecruisers engaged, bringing together the two most powerful naval forces in existence at that time.
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    Battle of the Somme

    the loss of 58,000 British troops (one third of them killed) on the first day of the battle
  • US declares war

    Germany was attacking ships heading to Britain. The U.S. wanted wanted to stay neutral, but if Germany kept attacking U.S. passenger ships the U.S. would be proud to fight.
  • USSR Withdraws from War

    Russia withdrew from World War I because it was in the middle of its Communist revolution and when the Communists took control they wished to concentrate on internal affairs.
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    German Spring offensive of 1918

    A series of German attacks along the western front, this was the deepest advances by either side since 1914.
  • World War 1 Ends

    an armistice was signed in a railroad car parked in a French forest near the front lines at 5am on November 11, 1918.