World War I Timeline
by: Cayde Miller
1870- France gave up territory along the German border
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.
1908- Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia
In 1908, Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia, which had belonged to the Ottoman Empire, outraging the Serbs. 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- (May 7th) U-Boat sank the British passenger ship the Lusitania
On May 7, 1915 a U-Boat sank the British passenger ship, the Lusitania, killing over 1,000 passengers including 128 Americans. America now knows they need to get rid of the Barbaric Raiders. President Wilson tries to stop U-Boat attacks because they are endangering neutral people.
1917- American Loans with allies was over 2 billion dollars
1917 - (Feb 3-March 21) Germans Restart U-Boat attacks sink 7 more American ship
1917- (March) riots broke out in Russia.Nicholas II, the leader of the Russian Empire left his thrown.
1917- Australian soldiers load an artillery shell during the Battle of Passchendaele
Many Americans believed their troops would make a difference in the war and that would quickly make an end to the war. Early offensive demonstrated that warfare had changed. Powerful artillery guns placed far behind the front lines hurled huge explosive shells onto the battlefield.