World War I

The war that 'would be over by Christmas' dragged on for four long years of bloody stalemate. Explore an overview of the war years in this timeline. World War I (WWI) was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. It involved all the world's great powers,[4] which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centred around the Triple Entente) and the Central Powers (originally centred around the Triple Alliance).

War begins

Archduke Francis Ferdinand was killed

Kaiser William II

Kaiser William II promised German support for Austria against Serbia

Germany

Germany enters the war

Trench Warfare

Turkey entered the war on Germany’s side. Trench warfare started to dominate the Western Front.

Britain

Britain declared war on Germany

Ypres

First Battle of Ypres

France

The BEF started its retreat from Mons. Germany invaded France.

Battle of the Marne

Battle of the Marne started

Zeppelin

The first Zeppelin raid on Britain took place

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