World War I Timeline

By Kyle Cunningham


  1. Germany Invades Belgium- August 3rd, 1914- The Schlieffen Plan, Germany had to go through Belgium so they could invade France.
  2. Assassination Of Franz Ferdinand - June 23rd, 1914- Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip. Which set off the powder keg of Europe. Serbian had Archduke and his wife gunned down.
  3. Austrian-Hungarian Empire Declares war on Serbia- July 28th, 1914- This happened after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Austrian-Hungarian Empire declared what was expected to be the short war on Serbia.
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4. The First Battle of the Marne- September 25, 1914- The Allies stopped Germany from the invasion of Paris. They used radios intercepts and automotive transport of troops.

5. Battle of the Tannenberg- August 23, 1914- Germans defeated the Russians army when they were on the way to invade Germany.

6. Zimmerman Telegram- February 25, 1917- When the British intelligence gave Wilson ( the Zimmerman Telegram, which is a message from Germany foreign Secretary, Arthur

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7. U.S. Enters War- April 6, 1917- Congress authorize declaration war against Germany. Then, The United States entered World War 1.

8. Battle of St. Mihiel- September 12, 1918- When the Battle first began, with 300,000 American troops, directed command General Pershing. They went to the German Lines.

9. Wilhelm Abdicates- November 9, 1918- Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates, which ended all German hope to victory. Wilhelm and his troops slipped over, into the Netherlands. Where he lived in peace.

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10. Chateau-Thierry- June 3, 1918- Americans attacked the Germans at Chateaus-Thierry, which made the Battle Of Belleau Wood larger.

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Important Wars

  1. Battle of Verdun- 1916- An engagement of World War 1, which was a ten-month long ordeal between the French and German armies. The battle was successful, German took the offensive on the western front.
  2. Battle of the Marne- 1914-1918 - September 4, 1914- German army through Belgium and northern France which caused the French to panic and rush from Paris.
  3. Battle of Ypres- 1914, 1915, 1917 - There were three battles that were fought around the Ypres salient during the War. One of them was attempted by BEF.