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The Main Events of  The Great War in Date Order:

1914

 June 28th

Archduke 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.

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

September 7th

The Taxis of Marne

October 18th

First Battle of Ypres

October 29th

Turkey entered the war on Germany’s side. Trench warfare started to dominate the Western Front.

1915

 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

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

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

1917

 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

1918

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 arm

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.