The Triple Alliance is formed between Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy
In 1887, Germany joins Russia in an alliance.
Bismarck forced to Resign
Kaiser Wilhelm II changes the foreign policy in Germany forcing Bismarck to resign from office
Germany: No More Russia
Wilhelm II allows Germany's alliance with Russia to expire
In 1892, Russia formed a defensive military alliance with France
In 1894 as well, Russia formed another Defensive Military alliance with France
Formation of Entente
In 1904, Britain formed the Entente alliance with France
Additions to the Entente
In 1907, Britain made an addition to the Entente with France, and chose to add Russia; forming the Triple Entente.
Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie visited Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 but were unfortunately assasinated by Gavrilo Princip due to extreme nationalistic beliefs.
Austria declared war on Bosnia. At the same time, Russia also demanded mobilization toward the Austrian borders.
War on Russia
Germany declared war on Russia's soil.
On August 3, 1914 Germany declared war on France
On August 4, 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. The British felt that Germany was getting away with too much.
Actions of the Ottoman Empire
On October 28, 1914, the Ottoman Empire formally joins the Central Powers
The Gallipoli campaign began in February of 1915 in effort to take the Dardanelles strait. As a result however there were 250,000 casualties
In April of 1915, Italy joins the triple entente.
Germany Sinks American Ship
On May 7, 1915 A Germany sinks a boat called the Lusitania there were several american passengers; leaving 128 dead or injured
In January of 1917, The Germans announce the recommitment toward their policy of unrestricted submarine warfare; German submarines can sink all ships believed to be providing aid to allies without notice.
First American cargo ship to be sunken along with the 3 other American ships which Germnay sunk even after Wilson's warning
In February of 1917, the British intercepted the Zimmerman Telegram. It was between the German foreign minister and the ambassador of Mexico; in efforts to persuade Mexico to ally with Germany against the US, in return; Germany would help Mexico to regain the land lost to the US
US enters war
On April 2, 1917, Woodrow wilson asks congress to declare war on Germany.
Russia No Longer Involved
In November 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin ended Russia's involvement in WW1
Second Battle of the Marne
In July 1918, the Allies and Germany fought the second battle of the Marne, Unlike the first; the allies defeated Germany, the Central Powers crumbled, and the Austria-Hungary empire came to an end.
Republic of Germany
On November 9, 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm II stepped down from power and Germany declared itself a republic
Armistice is Signed
On November 11, 1918 a German representative and French officer Marshal Foch signed the armistice which led to the end of World War 1.