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    World War 1 Timeline

    Not so random anymore, the 3rd timeline I’ve posted on this site.
    From http://www.firstworldwar.com/timeline/index.htm


  • June 28: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austro-Hungarian empire, in Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • July 28: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
  • July 29: December 9: Austria-Hungary repeatedly invades Serbia but is repeatedly repulsed
  • August 1: Outbreak of war, Germany Declares War on Russia
  • August 3: Germany declares war on France
  • August 4: Germany invades neutral Belgium
  • August 4: Britain declares war on Germany
  • August 4: US President Woodrow Wilson declares policy of US neutrality
  • August 14: Battle of the Frontiers begins
  • August 17-19: Russia invades East Prussia
  • August 23: Japan declares war on Germany
  • August 23 – September 2: Austria-Hungary invades Russian Poland (Galicia)
  • August 26-30: Battle of Tannenberg, which Russia loses; Germany’s greatest success of the war on Eastern Front
  • September 5-10: First Battle of Marne, halts German advance, resulting in stalemate and trench warfare
  • September 9-14: First Battle of Masurian Lakes, which Russia again loses
  • September 14: First Battle of Aisne begins
  • September 15-November 24: The “race to the sea”, trenches appear on September 15
  • September 17-28: Austro-German attack western Poland
  • October 14: November 22-First Battle of Ypres
  • October 29: Turkey enters the war on the side of the Central Powers
  • December 8: Battle of the Falkland Islands
  • December 21: First German air raid on Britain
  • December 25: Unofficial Christmas truce declared by soldiers along the Western Front
  • 1915

  • January 1 – March 30: Allied offensive in Artois and Champagne
  • January 15: Japan’s 21 demands on China
  • January 19-20: First German zeppelin attack on England
  • February 4: German U-boat attacks on Allied and neutral shipping; declares blockade of Britain
  • February 7-21: Russians suffer heavy losses at Second Battle of Masurian Lakes (also known as the Winter Battle)
  • February – April: Austro-Hungarian attack on Russian Poland (Galicia) collapses, with the Russians counterattacking
  • February 19-August: Allied amphibious attack on the Dardanelles and Gallipoli (initiated by Winston Churchill, who resigns as a consequence) ends with the Turkish siege of the Allied forces
  • March 1: First passenger ship sinks, the British liner Falaba
  • March 11: Britain announces blockade of German ports
  • April-June: Germans focus on Eastern Front, breaking through Gorlice-Tarnow and forcing Russia out of much of Poland
  • April 22 – May 25: First use of poison gas by Germany starts Second Battle of Ypres
  • April 25: Allied landing at Gallipoli
  • April 26: France, Russia, Italy and Britain conclude secret Treaty of London
  • May 2: Austro-German offensive on Galicia begins
  • May 7: U-boat sinks British liner Lusitania with the loss of American lives, creating a US-German diplomatic crisis
  • May 9: Second Battle of Artois begins
  • May 23: Ignoring treaty agreements with the Central Powers, Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
  • May 25: British Prime Minister Asquith reorganises his Liberal government as a coalition of the parties
  • June 29 – December 2: Italians launch unsuccessful attack on Hungarians at 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Battles of Isonzo; there are to be 12 in total
  • August 4: Germans capture Warsaw
  • September 5: Tsar Nicholas takes command of Russian armies
  • September 22: Second Battle of Champagne begins
  • October 3: Anglo-French force lands at Salonika in Greece
  • October – November: Austro-German-Bulgarian forces invade Serbia, expelling Serbian army from the country
  • December 19: Sir Douglas Haig replaces Sir John French as commander of British Expeditionary Force
  • December 28: Allies begin withdrawal of troops from Gallipoli
  • 1916

  • February 21 – December 18: German attack on Verdun in the longest battle of the war, ultimately defended by the French at great cost to both sides
  • March 11 – November 14: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Battles of Isonzo between Italy and Austria-Hungary
  • April: British forces in Mesopotamia begin advance on Baghdad
  • March 9: Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico
  • March 24: French passenger ship, Sussex, torpedoed
  • April 24: Easter rebellion starts in Ireland
  • May 4: Germany renounces submarine policy
  • May 19: Britain and France conclude Sykes-Picot agreement
  • May 31 – June 1: Battle of Jutland, the biggest naval battle in history, ultimately without a clear victor
  • June – August: Turkish forces, led by Enver Pasha, are defeated by the Russians in the Caucasus
  • June 4 – September 20: Russian Brusilov offensive in Carpathia nearly knocks Austria-Hungary out of the war
  • June 5: With British support (led by T.E. Lawrence), Hussein, grand sherif of Mecca, lead an Arab revolt against the Turks in the Hejaz
  • July 1 : Start of the Battle of the Somme, with the greatest number of casualties in British military history, 60,000
  • July 29: US marines land in Haiti
  • August – December: Romania enters the war with the Allies, but is quickly overrun by German forces
  • August 28: Italy declares war on Germany
  • August 31: Germany suspends submarine assaults
  • September 15: Tanks introduced for the first time on the Somme battlefield by the British
  • October 15: Germany resumes U-boat attacks
  • November 7-9: US President Woodrow Wilson secures re-election
  • November 18: End of the Battle of the Somme
  • November 28: First German airplane (as opposed to zeppelin) air-raid on Britain
  • November 29: US occupation of Santa Domingo proclaimed
  • December 7: David Lloyd George replaces Asquith as British Prime Minister
  • December 12: Germany issues peace note suggesting compromise peace
  • December 18: US President Woodrow Wilson requests statements of war objectives from warring nations in peace note
  • 1917

  • January 10: Allies state peace objectives in response to US President Woodrow Wilson’s December 1916 peace note
  • January 31: Germany announces unrestricted submarine warfare
  • February 1: Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare
  • February 3: US severs diplomatic ties with Germany
  • February 23 – April 5: German forces begin withdrawal to strong positions on the Hindenburg Line
  • February 24: Zimmermann Telegram is passed to the US by Britain, detailing alleged German proposal of an alliance with Mexico against the US
  • February 26: US President Woodrow Wilson requests permission from Congress to arm US merchantmen
  • March 1: Zimmermann Telegram published in US press
  • March 11: British capture Baghdad
  • March 12: US President Woodrow Wilson announces arming of US merchantmen by executive order after failing to win approval from Congress
  • March 15: Tsar Nicholas II abdicates as a consequence of Russian Revolution
  • March 20: US President Woodrow Wilson’s war cabinet votes unanimously in favour of declaring war on Germany
  • April 2: US President Woodrow Wilson delivers war address to Congress
  • April 6: US declares war on Germany
  • April 9-20: Nivelle Offensive (Second Battle of Aisne, Third Battle of Champagne) ends in French failure
  • April 9: Canadian success at the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • April 16: Lenin arrives in Russia
  • April 29 – May 20: Mutiny breaks out among French army
  • May 12 – October 24: 10th, 11th and 12th Battles of Isonzo fought, ending in Italian failure
  • May 28: Pershing leaves New York for France
  • June 7: British explode 19 large mines under the Messines Ridge
  • June 15: US Espionage Act passed
  • June 26: First US troops arrive in France, 1st Division
  • June 27: Greece enters the war on the side of the Allies
  • July 2: Pershing makes first request for army of 1,000,000 men
  • July 6: T.E. Lawrence and the Arabs capture Aquaba
  • July 11: Pershing revises army request figures upwards to 3,000,000
  • July 16: Third Battles of Ypres (Passchendaele) begins
  • July 31: Major British offensive launched at Ypres.
  • September 1: Germany takes the northernmost end of the Russian front in the Riga offensive
  • October 24: Austria-Germany breakthrough at Caporetto on Italian front
  • November 7: Bolshevik Revolution in Russia results in Communist government under Lenin taking office
  • November 20: British launch surprise tank attack at Cambrai
  • December 7: US declares war on Austria-Hungary
  • December 9: Jerusalem falls to Britain
  • December 22: Russia opens separate peace negotiations with Germany (Brest-Litovsk)
  • 1918

  • January – September: T.E. Lawrence leads Arab guerrillas in successful campaign against Turkish positions in Arabia and Palestine
  • January 8: US President Woodrow Wilson makes “Fourteen Points” speech to Congress
  • February 11: US President Woodrow Wilson makes “Four Principles” speech to Congress
  • March 3: Soviet Russia concludes separate peace negotiations in treaty of Brest-Litovsk
  • March 21: Germany launches Spring push, eventually mounting five major offensives against Allied forces, starting with the Battle of Picardy against the British
  • March 26: Doullens Agreement gives General Ferdinand Foch “co-ordinating authority” over the Western Front
  • April 9: Germany launches second Spring offensive, the Battle of the Lys, in the British sector of Armentieres
  • April 14: Foch appointed Commander-in-Chief of Allied forces on Western Front
  • May 25: German U-boats appear in US waters for first time
  • May 27: Third German Spring offensive, Third Battle of the Aisne, begins in French sector along Chemin des Dames
  • May 28: US forces (28th Regiment of 1st Division) victorious in first major action, Battle of Cantigny
  • June 6: US 3rd Division captures Bouresches and southern part of Belleau Wood
  • June 9: Germans launch fourth Spring offensive, Battle of the Matz, in French sector between Noyan and Montdider
  • June 15: Italians prevail against Austro-Hungarian forces at Battle of Piave
  • July 6 : US President Woodrow Wilson agrees to US intervention in Siberia
  • July 15: Final phase of great German Spring push, the Second Battle of Marne, begins
  • July 16-17: Former Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, and children, are murdered by the Bolsheviks
  • July 18: Allies counterattack against German forces, seizing initiative
  • August 3: Allied intervention begins at Vladivosto
  • August 8: Haig directs start of successful Amiens offensive, forcing all German troops back to the Hindenburg Line; Ludendorff calls it a “black day” for German army
  • September 12: US forces clear the St.-Mihiel salient, during which the greatest air assault of the war is launched by the US
  • September 19: Start of British offensive in Palestine, the Battle of Megiddo
  • September 26: Battle of the Vardar pits Serb, Czech, Italian, French and British forces against Bulgarian forces
  • September 26: Meuse-Argonne offensive opens; the final Franco-American offensive of the war
  • September 27 – October 17: Haig’s forces storm the Hindenburg Line, breaking through at several points
  • September 29: Bulgaria concludes armistice negotiations
  • September 28 – October 14: Belgian troops attack at Ypres
  • October 3-4 : Germany and Austria send peace notes to US President Woodrow Wilson requesting an armistice
  • October 17 – November 11: British advance to the Sambre and Schledt rivers, taking many German prisoners
  • October 21: Germany ceases unrestricted submarine warfare
  • October 27: Erich Ludendorff resigns
  • October 30: Turkey concludes an armistice with the Allies
  • November 3: German fleet mutinies at Kiel
  • November 3: Trieste falls to the Allies; Austria-Hungary concludes an armistice
  • November 7-11: Germany negotiates an armistice with the Allies in Ferdinand Foch’s railway carriage headquarters at Compiegne
  • November 9: Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates
  • November 10: Kaiser Wilhelm II flees to Holland
  • November 10: German republic is founded
  • November 11: Armistice day; fighting ceases at 11am
  • 1919

  • January 10-15: Communist revolt in Berlin
  • January 18: Start of peace negotiations in Paris
  • January 25: Peace conference accepts principle of a League of Nations
  • February 6: German National Assembly meets in Weimar
  • February 14: Draft covenant of League of Nations completed
  • May 6: Peace conference disposes of German colonies
  • May 7 – June 28: Treaty of Versailles drafted and signed
  • June 21: German High Seas Fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow
  • July 19: Cenotaph is unveiled in London

  • Here’s a map that better show you what Serbia is, and other countries you might have never heard of.



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