Ben World War 1

  • Franz Ferdinand

    Franz Ferdinand
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on the streets of Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip.
  • Austria-Hungary declares war

    Austria-Hungary declares war
    Austria-Hungary sent a letter to Serbia with harsh demands. When Serbia refused, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • Germany mobilizes forces

    Germany mobilizes forces
    Germany begins to mobilize their forces.
  • Germany declares war on Russia

    Germany declares war on Russia
    Germany declares war on Russia because of Europe's system of alliances.
  • Germany invades Belgium

    Germany invades Belgium
    Germany inveded Belgium as part of their plan to get to Paris.
  • Britain declares war on Germany

    Britain declares war on Germany
    Britain declared war on Germany because Germany invaded Belgium. Britain and Belgium had an alliance, therefore Britain had to declare war on Germany.
  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia

    Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia
    With all of the alliiances, Austria-Hungary had to declare war on Russia.
  • France and Britain declare war on Austria-Hungary

    France and Britain declare war on Austria-Hungary
    France and Britin declared war on Austria-Hungary because Austria-Hungary and Germany were allies.
  • Japan joins the Allies

    Japan joins the Allies
    Japan decides to join sides with the Allies.
  • The Battle of Marne starts

    The Battle of Marne starts
    The Germans are going to invade Paris. Britain and France are trying to stop the Germans from invading Paris.
  • The Battle of Marne ends

    The Battle of Marne ends
    The Battle of Marne ends. The Germans got with in 15 miles of Paris, then the French and British stopped the Germans at the Marne River.
  • Ottoman Empire joines the Central Powers

    Ottoman Empire joines the Central Powers
    The Ottoman Empire decides to join the Central Powers.
  • The Germans Announce that they will sink any ships entering or leaving British ports

    The Germans Announce that they will sink any ships entering or leaving British ports
    Gemany announced that they will sink all ships entering or leaving British ports. After Germany announced this President Woodrow Wilson warned that America would hold Germany responsible for any American lives lost in the German U-boat attacks.
  • Poison Gas is first used

    Poison Gas is first used
    The Germans were the first to use poison gas. Poison gas could kill or seriously injure anyone who breathed it in. Since countries started using poison gas the soldiers had to wear gas masks.
  • Germans sink a British passanger ship

    Germans sink a British passanger ship
    A German U-boat torpedoed a British passanger ship the Lusitania. The Lusitania sank in about 15 minutes. The captain of the ship W.T Turner said that he tried to steer the ship away from the torpedo, but he was unable to turn in time.
  • Italy joins the Allies

    Italy joins the Allies
    Italy decides to join sides with the Allies.
  • The Battle of Verdun starts

    The Battle of Verdun starts
    The battle starts because both sides attemped to break the deadlock of trench warfare.
  • The Battle of Somme starts

    The Battle of Somme starts
    The Battle of Somme started during the Battle of Verdun. The battle started because the British and French launched their own offensive in northern France.
  • The first tank used in battle

    The first tank used in battle
    The first armored tank was used by the British in the Battle of Somme.
  • The Battle of Somme ends

    The Battle of Somme ends
    During the Battle of Somme the number of deaths were high. The Allies gained about 7 miles in the Battle of Somme.
  • The Battle of Verdun ends

    The Battle of Verdun ends
    The Battle of Verdun ends. This battle was one of the longest and bloodiest battles in the war. During this battle more than 750,000 French and German soldiers died.
  • The US intercepts the Zimmermann Telegram

    The US intercepts the Zimmermann Telegram
    The US intercepted a telegram from the German foreigh minister, Arthur Zimmermann. Zimmermann sent the telegram to Mexico but the US intercepted the telegram. The telegram made an offer with Mexico to make peace, and Germany would help Mexico get their lost land back.
  • The Zimmermann telegram is published

    The Zimmermann telegram is published
    Newspapers published the Zimmermann telegram and Americans were angry with the Germans when they say the telegram.
  • President Wilson askes Congress for declaration of war

    President Wilson askes Congress for declaration of war
    On the night of April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson stood before Congress. President Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.
  • US declares war on Germany

    US declares war on Germany
    Congress did not want to enter war at first, but decided that the US wants to remain a great world power we must defend our rights. Congress passed the declaration of war, and President Wilson signed it on April 6, 1917.
  • Congress passes the Selective Service Act

    Congress passes the Selective Service Act
    Congress passed the Selective Service Act, establishing a military draft. Men from 21-30 had to register for the war. Later the age was changed to 18-45. 24 million men registered, and about 3 million were called to serve, and 2 million joined voluntarily.
  • The first US troops reach France

    The first US troops reach France
    The first US troops reach France, but the troops are not ready to fight in World War 1.
  • Bolsheviks overthrow the Russian government

    Bolsheviks overthrow the Russian government
    The Bolsheviks, a group of communists overthrow the Russian government. The Bolsheviks were led by Vladimir Lenin, and they want to end Russia's participation in the war.
  • Russia signs armistice

    Russia signs armistice
    Russia signs an armistice with Germany to make peace and end fighting.
  • Wilson reveals his Fourteen Points

    Wilson reveals his Fourteen Points
    Woodrow Wilson meets with Prime Minister David Lloyd George of Great Britain, Premier Georges Clemenceau of France, and Prime Minister Vittorio Orlando of Italy. The Fourteen Points adjusted boundaries and the creation of new new nations. The points also let the people decide how they should be governed.
  • Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
    Russia and Germany signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and Russia surrendered Poland, Ukraine, and other territory to the Germans. Now Germany could move many troops from the Eastern Front, to the Western Front in France.
  • Germany and Austria-Hungary launched powerful offensives

    Germany and Austria-Hungary launched powerful offensives
    Germany and Ausrtia-Hungary launched powerful offensives against the Allies.
  • Germany and Austria-Hungary are 40 miles from Paris.

    Germany and Austria-Hungary are 40 miles from Paris.
    Germany and Austria-Hungary have been fighting the Allies. Germany and Austria-Hungary have pushed the Allies back within 40 miles of Paris. It lookes as if Germany might win the war.
  • The AEF reaches full strength in Europe

    The AEF reaches full strength in Europe
    The American Expeditionary Force led by John J. Pershing reaches full strength in Europe.
  • The Battle of the Argonne begins

    The Battle of the Argonne begins
    The Battle of the Argonne Forest begins and more than 1 million US troops joined the Allies. The battle took place west of Verdun. The soldiers traveled through froests, rain, mud, barbed wire, and fire from German machine guns.
  • Germany asks for armistice

    Germany asks for armistice
    Germany asked President Woodrow Wilson for an armistice to make peace and end the war.
  • The Battle of the Argonne Forest ends

    The Battle of the Argonne Forest ends
    The battle ends and many lives were lost. The Allies pushed the Germans back and broke through the enemy lines. Germany now faced an invasion of their own country.
  • The armistice begins

    The armistice begins
    The armistice between Germany and US begins and World War 1 ends.