Timeline of World War One

Timeline of World War One






June 28th

Francis Ferdinand assassinated at Sarajevo


July 5th

Kaiser William II promised German support for Austria against Serbia


July 28th

Austria declared war on Serbia


August 1st

Germany declared war on Russia


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 23rd

The BEF started its retreat from Mons. Germany invaded France.


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.








January 19th

The first Zeppelin raid on Britain took place


February 19th

Britain bombarded Turkish forts in the Dardanelles


April 25th

Allied troops landed in Gallipoli


May 7th

The “Lusitania” was sunk by a German U-boat


May 23rd

Italy declared war on Germany and Austria


August 5th

The Germans captured Warsaw from the Russians

  September 25th  Start of the Battle of Loos


December 19th

The Allies started the evacuation of Gallipoli








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

  June 4th Start of the Brusilov Offensive


July 1st

Start of the Battle of the Somme

  August 10th End of the Brusilov Offensive


September 15th

First use en masse of tanks at the Somme


December 7th

Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister








February 1st

Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare campaign started


April 6th

USA declared war on Germany


April 16th

France launched an unsuccessful offensive on the Western Front


July 31st

Start 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


December 5th

Armistice between Germany and Russia signed


December 9th

Britain captured Jerusalem from the Turks








March 3rd

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was 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


July 15th

Second Battle of the Marne started. The start of the collapse of the German army


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.

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