Timeline of WWI

  • Triple Alliance Formed

    The formation of the alliance between Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary some of the enemies to some of some major countries in Europe, such as France.
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    WWI History Timeline

    The time leading up to World War One, and the start. From the Triple Alliance in 1882 until the First declaration of war in WWI
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    Rise of Kaiser Wilhelm II

    Son of Frederick the III, became emperor of Germany in 1888, had a nervous breakdown in 1908 causing a lesser role in the government. He was the ruler during a big part of the Triple Alliance, and part of the European race to arms.
  • Alliance between France and Russia

    Started between the French Third Republic and Russia in 1892, played a big role in the Triple Entente.
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    European Arms Race

    The phrase arms race, in its original usage, is a competition between two or more parties to have the best armed forces. Each party competes to produce larger numbers of weapons, greater armies, or superior military technology. This means that this race was between European powers to get ready and prepare weapons for war.
  • Creation of the Triple Entente

    The Alliance between France, Great Britain, and Russia, that caused many allies and powers going into WWI against the central powers.
  • Bosnian Annexation

    The Bosnian crisis that came from Austria-Hungary, The annexation and reactions to the annexation were contributing causes of World War 1. Serbia and Russia protested to Austria-Hungary taking over Bosnia, but backed down when Germany said it supported Austria-Hungary.
  • Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand

    The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by a Serbian terrorist group called the Black Hand, led by Gavrilo Princip. Led to the declaration of wars of the European powers.
  • Declaration of the First War

    The first war that Austria-Hungary declared on Serbia, causing the rest of the wars to begin, starting World War I.
  • Great Britain Declares War on Germany

    The British did this due to the invasion of Belgium by the German forces because of the Schleiffen plan, and due to the war Germany was in with Britain's allied powers, France and Russia.
  • Battle Lines are Drawn

    Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the German Army opened the Western Front by first invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gaining military control of important industrial regions in France. This started the building of thousands of miles of trenches.