US History Timeline
By Sarah Banker
1870 Triple Alliance
In 1870, as part of its plan to unify Germany, Prussia forced France to give up territory along the German border. As a result, France and Germany became enemies. To protect itself, Germany signed alliances with Italy and with the huge empire of Austria-Hungary, which controlled much of southeastern Europe. This became known as the Triple Alliance.
1870 France gave up Territory
As part of their plan to combine Germany with Prussia, Prussia forced France to give up territory along the German border. This led to a fight between them.
1894 Franco Russian Alliance
Opposing interest of Germany and Hungry, meaning that the enemy of the enemy was their friend, because they are all against the same country.
1898 Germany began building a navy
With Germany beginning to build a large navy, the British were threatened by it. They soon went to build warships.
1908 Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia
In 1908 Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia, which had belonged to the Ottoman Empire, outraging the Serbs. But this annexation let Serbia and everyone know that they had no intention of allowing the Slavs to make their own countries. Which leads to nationalist groups forming, sometimes they are extreme
1915 Germans started using U-Boats
In February of 1915 Germans started using U-Boats to sink without warning any ship they found around Britain.
1915 Germans started to use poison gas
1915 U-Boat sank the British passenger ship the Lusitania
U-Boat sank the British passenger ship the Lusitania killing over 1,000 passengers including Americans
1916 American Election year
1916 The British introduced the armored tank
1917 Zimmerman Telegram
Jan 1917 Zimmerman sends a telegram promising American land to Mexico if they would declare war on the US
1917 Restart U-Boat attacks
1917 Restart U-Boat attacks sink 7 more American ship - unrestricted warfare
- Leaders believed that if they could starve Britain into submission
- Germans figured that America wouldn't have time to get a military together before the war was over
1917 President Wilson petition for War
1917 President Wilson petition for War on German
- Congress approves and the US is at war
1917 World War I devastates Europe
1917 In March riots broke out in Russia
1917- In March riots broke out in Russia causing Nicholas II, the leader of the Russian Empire to leave his thrown thus causing riots in the empire.
1917 A Communist government established
1917 the Battle of Passchendaele
Australian soldiers load an artillery shell during the Battle of Passchendaele
1917 American expeditionary force arrives in Paris
American expeditionary force arrives in Paris, making their first public display of World War I.
1918 Lenin agrees to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany
The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was a peace treaty with the German forces.
1918 Battle of the Argonne Forest
1918 Germany launched its last offense
1918 Germany launched its last offense against the British Fifth army in World War I.
1918 American and French troops blocked the Germans from Paris
1918 Poland, Hungary, & Czechoslovakia declared independence
Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia declared independence by Austrian empire given into the alleys
1918 Germany became a republic
1919 Treaty of Versailles
The Germans signed the Treaty on June 28th and this treaty reduced the size of their troops and made them accept full responsibility for the war.