By, Patrick Francis
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
German Empire mobilizes troops
France mobilizes troops; Germany declares war on Russia.
Battle of Ypres: First use of Chlorine gas by the Germans
Surgoon Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
The Louisiana is sunk by a German U-Boat
The British use the first ever tanks in war in the battle of Delville Wood. Their main purpose is to clear brush and other defenses from no-mans-land.
Kiaser Wilhelm suspends unrestricted warfare due to international outrage. He did this to attempt to keep the USA out of war but it hinders Germany's ability to keep supplies out of France and Britain.
Surrender of British Troops at the Siege of Kut in Mesopotamia
Britain's Royal Navy Intercepts the Zimmerman note
Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare in European waters. This is one of the reasons for the United States to enter the war
United States Congress declares war on Germany
Selective Service Act is passed by congress authorizing a draft. Wilson signs the bill into law
US passes the Espionage Act
Germany and signs a peace treaty with the new Bolshevik government in Russia.
100 Days offensive begins
The Battle of St. Mihiel, when 300,000 American troops under the command of General John J. Pershing attacks the German lines in the first solo American offensive of the Great War.
Armistice with Germany is signed
Treaty of Versailles is signed; the league of Nations is created