World War 1 Timeline

This article will give you a brief World War 1 timeline. This was one of the greatest wars ever fought, and was aptly known as the war to end all wars.

History is full of bloody wars and gruesome instances of genocide, but there are two wars that stick out clearer than most others, and these are aptly called the World Wars simply due to the vast number of nations that participated in the carnage, and the worldwide repercussions of the battles fought. This World War 1 timeline will give you a brief sequence of events of this very war.

Please remember that this does not tell the entire story, and there are many more events that shaped the outcome of the war. There was no one particular reason that led to the war, nor was there one factor that led to its end. A confluence of various uncontrollable events led to the war taking place in the manner in which it did.

A Brief World War 1 Timeline

Though the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, by a Serbian nationalist student was the catalyst of the war, the causes of World War 1 had been building for quite some time. This is something that was bound to happen sooner or later because of the rising conflicts and tensions in the world.

June 28, 1914Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated.
July 28, 1914Austria declared war on Serbia, and Germany offered support to Austria. The Russians and French supported Serbia.
August 1, 1914Germany then declared war on Russia.
August 3, 1914Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium.
August 4, 1914Britain declared war on Germany for invading neutral Belgium.
August 1914Battle of Tannenberg fought between Germany and Russia.
August 13, 1914Japan declared war on Germany in support of Britain.
September, 1914Battle of Masurian Lakes fought between Russia and Germany.
October 29, 1914Turkey entered the war to support Germany.
November 2, 1914Russia declared war on Turkey.
November 5, 1914France and Britain declared war on Turkey.
February 1915German Zeppelins attacked the English coast
April 1915Zeppelins began an assault on London.
May 7, 1915A German U-boat sunk the Lusitania, with many Americans on board. America was enraged.
May 23, 1915Italy entered the war and sided with Russia, Britain and France.
November 15, 1915Winston Churchill resigned as First Lord of Admiralty.
February 21 – November 1916The Battle of Verdun between Germany and France.
April 1916Romania entered the war but were easily defeated by Germany and Austria.
May 31, 1916The naval battle of Jutland between Germany and Britain.
November 28, 1916First German air raid on Britain.
December 1916Lloyd George became the Prime Minister of the war time coalition.
1917Winston Churchill was appointed the Minister of Munitions by Lloyd George.
1917The German U-boat campaign intensified.
April 6, 1917The United States of America declared war on Germany for sinking many American ships.
December 1917Russia withdrew from the war because of the Bolshevik revolution.
April 1918The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service combined to form the Royal Air Force (RAF).
October 1918All of France and most of Belgium was recovered from Germany.
October 30, 1918Armistice with Turkey was signed.
November 9, 1918Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German emperor was abdicated.
November 11, 1918The war was ended with the signing of an Armistice in the French town Redonthes, at 11 am.

As mentioned before, this World War 1 timeline does not take into account all the events that occurred in this time. To list out such a detailed analysis would be next to impossible. The limitations of this World War 1 summary are present simply due to the large scale of the battle and the number of participants. One of the most well known World War 1 facts is that around 9 million combatants lost their lives due to this battle, and the aftermath of the war also led to the birth of the League of Nations, which is known as the United Nations (U.N.) today.

This World War 1 timeline also does not take into account all the suffering and misery that the participants went through, and how it led to the crumble of many once great nations. The repercussions of the war were deep and long lasting, and sadly, it also started the chain of events that led to World War 2, which was even deadlier.