World War I Timeline (:

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
    On the day of June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were killed by Serb nationalist Gavrio Princip. He was shot point blank inside of his car while on the way to Sarajevo.
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    WWI Events

  • Austria declares war on Serbia

    Austria declares war on Serbia
    A month after the death of the Archduke, Austra delcares war on Serbia, starting World War I. Austria felt threatened by Serbia and decided that the best way to deal with the assassination was to send in troops for an invasion.
  • First battle of the Marne

    First battle of the Marne
    The first battle of Marne was between the 6 and 12th days of Septemeber. It marked the end to the Germant invasion into France and brought upon the beginning of the trench warfare.
  • Bgeinning of Trench Warfare

    Bgeinning of Trench Warfare
    The Trench Warfare consisted of soldiers having a system of trenches dug in the ground. From there is where they attacked, counterattacked, and defended themselves against the opposing team.
  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    Sinking of the Lusitania
    On May 7th, the Lusitana entered the Irish Channel. The captain of the ship, Turner, slowed the ship down to 15 knots because of the fog and because these waters were war territory, he posted extra lookouts. At around 2'o'clock is when the explosions started. All the power shut down and started to sink. It sank 90 meters til it hit the bottom of the ocean. Because the Lusitania is 239 meters, the stern was stuck in the air.
  • Battle of Verdun

    Battle of Verdun
    The battle of Verdun was fought between Germany and France and is considered the longest lasting battle in history. This battle that started in February and ended in December, caused deaths and injuries of over 700,000 people.
  • Battle of the Somme

    Battle of the Somme
    On the first day of battle, almost 58,000 british troops were killed. This attacked was launched on a 58 kilometer piece of land and was planned as a brtish-french operation. Allied forces gained some land from this battle.
  • Germany begins unrestricted warfare

    Germany begins unrestricted warfare
    The rising of the U-Boat starts to make headlines again. Previously, the Germans had restricted this policy due to the pressure from the United States and other neutral countries. They were now pushing for far more aggressive attacks because the war seemed to not be going their way.
  • US declares war on Germany

    US declares war on Germany
    President Woodrow Wilson calls congress into session to ouline the case fir starting war with Germany. Four days after the meeting, Congress approves and the US is officially at war.
  • Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
    Only in force for 8 months, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was a peace agreement between the Central Powers and Russia.
  • Treaty of Versailles signed

    Treaty of Versailles signed
    The Treaty of Versailles was the peace settlement after the World War. It was signed at the vast Versaillies Palave near Paris and was between Germany and the Allies.
  • World War I ends

    World War I ends
    Germany signs the Artiment Agreement with the Allies, officially ending the War. It left 9 million soldiers dead, and another 21 million wounded.