World War One Timeline

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    The assassination jump-starts the war.
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    World War 1

  • Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

  • Germany Declares War on Russia

  • Germany declares war on France.

  • Britain declares war on Germany.

    This is a result of Germany declaring war on neutral Belgium and invades in a right flanking move designed to defeat France quickly.
  • Battle of Cer

    Battle between Austria-Hungry and Serbia
  • Austria-Hungary Declares War on Russia

  • Battle of the Frontiers

    27,000 French soldiers die on this single day in an offensive thrust to the east of paris, towards the German borders.
  • Battle of St. Quentin

    Battle between France and German Empire
  • First Battle of Marne

    This battle started the German invasion in France, and lasted until September 10th
  • War becomes "Total War"

    German Zeppelin air raid on England starts the total war
  • Allies begin Nine-Month Battle

  • U-boat Sinks the Lusitania

    1,198 civilians die, including 128 Americans
  • Tsar Nicholas takes Command of Russian Armies

  • British Use Gas in Battle near Loos

    The gas backfired, and strong winds shifted towards the British, causing 60,000 British deaths
  • First Battle of Ypres

    Battle between The Germen Empire and France, Belgium, and United Kingdon
  • Battle of Kolubara

    Battle between Austira-Hungry and Serbia
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    Battle of Verdun

    Longest battle of the war, with an estimated one million casualies.
  • Battle of Jutland

    (May 31-June 1) This battle was the only major naval engagement, and is fought with no clear winner at the end.
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    Battle of the Somme

    Results in an estimated one million deaths, with no breakthrough for the Allies. This was the battle that the British introduced the tank, however it made no difference, because there wasn't enough.
  • Germany Declares Submarine Warfare

  • US passes the Selective Service Act

    This empowered the Federal Government to draft men for the armed forces.
  • First Wave of American Expeditionary Force Lands in France

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    Third Battle of Ypres

    Results in minor gains, but no breakthrough in the Western front. The battle resulted in 700,000 deaths for both sides.
  • Amricans fire their first shot in trench warfare

  • Battle of the Sambre

    Battle between The German Empire and France, British Empire, and United States
  • War Ends

    The war ends at 11am as Germany and Allies sign an Armistice