1914 June 28th Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated at Sarajevo July 5th Kaiser William II promised German support for Austria in war against Serbia July 28th Austria declared war on Serbia August 1st Germany declared war on Russia August 2nd Germany invaded Luxembourg August 3rd Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium. Germany had to implement the Schlieffen Plan. August 4th Britain declared war on Germany August 6th Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia, Serbia declared war on Germany August 7th British Expeditionary Force (BEF) arrived in France August 11th France declared war on Austria-Hungary August 23rd BEF started retreated from Mons. Germany invaded France. Japan declared war on Germany August 25th Japan declared war on Austria-Hungary August 26th Russian army defeated at Tannenburg and Masurian Lakes. September 6th Battle of the Marne started October 18th First Battle of Ypres October 29th Turkey entered the war on Germany’s side. Trench warfare started to dominate the Western Front. December 24th -25th Unofficial Christmas truce between German and British forces on the Western Front 1915 January 19th The first zeppelin (airship) raid on Britain February 19th Britain bombarded Turkish forts in the Dardanelles April 25th Allied troops landed in Gallipoli, Turkey May 7th The British liner “Lusitania” was sunk by a German U-boat (submarine) May 23rd Italy declared war on Germany and Austria August 5th Germany captured Warsaw (Poland) from the Russians September 25th Start of the Battle of Loos December 19th The Allies started the evacuation of Gallipoli 1916 January 27th Conscription introduced in Britain February 21st Start of the Battle of Verdun April 29th British forces surrendered to Turkish forces at Kut in Mesopotamia May 31st Battle of Jutland (Denmark) June 4th Beginning of the Brusilov Offensive July 1st Beginning of the Battle of the Somme August 10th End of the Brusilov Offensive September 15th Tank used en masse at the battle of the Somme December 7th David Lloyd George became British Prime Minister 1917 April 6th USA declared war on Germany April 16th France launched an offensive on the Western Front July 31st Beginning of the Third Battle at Ypres October 24th Battle of Caporetto – the Italian Army was heavily defeated November 6th Britain launched a major offensive on the Western Front November 20th British tanks won a victory at Cambrai (France) December 5th Armistice (truce) between Germany and Russia signed December 9th Britain captured Jerusalem from Turkey 1918 March 3rd Treaty of Brest-Litovsk signed between Russia and Germany. March 21st Germany broke through on the Somme March 29th Marshall Foch was appointed Allied Commander on the Western Front April 9th Germany started an offensive in Flanders, Belgium July 15th Second Battle of the Marne began. German army starts to fall apart August 8th The advance of the Allies was successful September 19th Turkish forces collapsed at Megiddo October 4th Germany asked the Allies for an armistice October 29th Germany’s navy mutinied October 30th Turkey made peace November 3rd Austria made peace November 9th Kaiser William II abdicated November 11th Germany signed an armistice with the Allies – the official date of the end of World War One. Post-war – 1919 January 4th Peace conference met at Paris June 21st The surrendered German naval fleet at Scapa Flow was scuttled. June 28th The Treaty of Versailles was signed by the Germans.
Date Created: 1914From the University of British Columbia
War Savings PledgeFrom the Library Company of Philadelphia
Soldier's comrades watching him as he sleeps, Thievpal, France, during World War IFrom National Library of Scotland
First World War. German Taube-plane hunted down by a French plane with a machine gun. France, 1914.From Nationaal Archief
British gun going to its position, Battle of Flanders, Ypres, Belgium, 1914From National Library of Scotland
German soldiers firing at a Belgian war plane. Belgium, 1915.From Nationaal Archief
BBC 2014 report where they cover the Archduke's assassination as they would if it happened today