• The assassination of Franz Ferdinand.

    The assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

    It began in Europe but quickly spread throughout the world. Many countries became embroiled within the war's first month
  • Germany invades Belgum.

    The German invasion plan for France called for an attack through Belgium, instead of through the heavily defended Franco-German border. Belgium was neutral and its neutrality was protected by treaty with Great Britain. The Germans attacked on August 3rd. The next day, Great Britain declared war on Germany
  • Battle of Tannenberg

    Battle of Tannenberg
    Russia's incursion into German territory was two-pronged. The two armies planned to combine in assaulting General Prittwitz's German Eighth Army, Rennenkampf in a frontal attack while Samsonov engulfed Prittwitz from the rear.
  • Battle of Masurian Lakes

    Having defeated the Russian Second army, the Germans turned their attention to the Russian First army at Masurian Lakes. Although the Germans were unable to defeat the army completely, over 100,000 Russians were taken prisoner
  • First Battle of the Marne

    First Battle of the Marne
    marked the end of the German sweep into France and the beginning of the trench warfare which was to characterize the Great War. Under the command of Helmut von Moltke, the German Army had begun the attack on the Western Front in early August in pursuance of the Schliefen Plan, whose main objective was the quick defeat of France in the west before turning attention to the Russian forces in the east.
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    The first battle of Marne

    German invaded Belgium and north-eastern France, the German army had reached within 30 miles of Paris. Their progress had been rapid, having successfully beaten back Belgian, French and British forces in advancing deep into north-eastern France.
  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    Sinking of the Lusitania
    The ship neared the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 in the afternoon a torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20 slammed into the boats side. A mysterious second explosion ripped the liner apart.
  • Italy comes into play

    Italy comes into play
    enterd the side of the war with the allies
  • The batte of Verdun

    The batte of Verdun
    The longest single battle of world war one. Plan by the German Chief of General Staff, von Falkenhayn. He wanted to “bleed France white” by launching a massive German attack on a narrow stretch of land that had historic sentiment for the French – Verdun.
  • Battle of the Jutland

    Battle of the Jutland
    a indecisive naval battle between the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet during the First World War.
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    battle of somme starts
    There was 58,000 British troops lost. The offensive was planned late in 1915 and was intended as a joint French-British attack.
  • Lloyd George Prime Minister

    Lloyd George Prime Minister
    Lloyd George became Prime Minister of the war time coalition. His war cabinet, unlike that of his predecessor, met every day. However, there was considerable disagreement among the members of the Cabinet, especially between Lloyd George and his war secretary, Sir Douglas Haig. Lloyd George suspected Haig of squandering life needlessly and was suspicious of his demands for more men and freedom of action in the field.
  • US declares War

    On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany. On April 6, Congress granted the request and the United States was formally at war with Germany....1st Infantry Division was mobilized in May 1917 and the first official U.S. troops, part of the 28th Regiment
  • USSR withdraws from war

    After taking power, the Bolsheviks promised to deliver 'Peace, Bread and Land' to the beleaguered people of Russia. With regard to the first of these, a 'Decree on Peace' (26 October 1917) was dashed off by Lenin, calling upon all belligerents to end the slaughter of World War One.
    it was time for us to leave war
  • German Spring offensive of 1918

    German Spring offensive of 1918
    also known as the Ludendorff Offensive The Germans had realised that their only remaining chance of victory was to defeat the Allies before the overwhelming human and matériel resources of the United States could be deployed. They also had the temporary advantage in numbers afforded by nearly 50 divisions freed by the Russian surrender (Treaty of Brest-Litovsk).
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    Battle of Amiens

    The British general, Haig, ordered the attack of the German sector at Amiens. At the same time the news came through that the allies had broken through from Salonika and forced Bulgaria to sue for peace.
  • World War 1 Ends

    World War 1 Ends
    More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilised in one of the largest wars in history.More than 9 million combatants were killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility. It was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.