World War I timeline

Main

Background

01/1871

Bismarck completes efforts to unify Prussia and the German kingdoms into a single nation

Background

1894

Germany and Russia begin their adversary relationship.

Background

1901

Great Britain's Queen Victoria, whose bloodline runs through most of the ruling houses of Europe, dies.

Background

1906

British launch first "dreadnought" class battleship.

Main Events

01/1914

Germany declares war on Russia.

Main Events

01/1914

Germany declares war on France.

Main Events

06/1914

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.

Main Events

08/1914

Britain declares war on Germany

Main Events

8/1914

Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.

Brutal Battle

08/22/1914

The Battle of the Frontiers" -- 27,000 French soldiers die on this single day

"Total War" Started

01/1915

War becomes "Total War" with German Zeppelin air raid on England

The Blockade

02/1915

Germany declares a submarine blockade of Great Britain. Any ship approaching England is considered a legitimate target.

The Gallipoli

04/25/1915 - 12/28/1915

Allies battle for Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli.

U.S stepped in

05/07/1915

U-boat sinks the Lusitania. 1,198 civilians, including 128 Americans die.

German Responds

08/30/1915

Germany responds to U.S. anger by ceasing to sink ships without warning.

British Reinforcement

02/10/1916

British conscription law* goes into effect

*(The act specified that single men aged 18 to 41 years old were liable to be called up for military service unless they were widowed with children or ministers of a religion).

U.S Warning

04/19/1916

US President Wilson publicly warns Germany not to continue unrestricted submarine warfare policies

Rasputin

12/31/1916

Rasputin, the self-avowed holy man and confidant to the Tsarina, is murdered by relatives of the Tsar.

Submarine War

02/01/1917

Germany again declares unrestricted submarine warfare.

America Fight

04/06/1917

President Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war with Imperial Germany.

Russia Fall Down

11/07/1917

Bolshevik socialists, led by Lenin, overthrow Kerensky's government.

Baron von Richthofe Got Killed

04/22/1918

Baron von Richthofen*, "the Red Baron" is killed in a fight.

*A german fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I.

American Expeditionary Force

07/03/1918

The first wave of the American Expeditionary Force lands in France.

The Tsar Family's Assassination

07/16/1918 - 07/17/1918

The Tsar got murdered by the Bolsheviks.

2nd Bloody Battle

07/27/1918 - 11/10/1918

Battle of Passchendaele, results in minor gains, but still no breakthrough in the Western front at the cost of 700,000 casualties for both sides.

The Ending of WWI

10/30/1918

Turks signed a agreement to stop the fight.

New Era of Germany

11/09/1918 - 11/10/1918

Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates.
Germany Republic is founded.

The "Peace Day"

11/11/1918

The war ends, Germany and Allies sign an armistice.