Remembering Significant
Events of the Great War


  • Assassination in Sarajevo
    June 28, 1914
  • The July Crisis of 1914
    June 28 - August 4, 1914
  • Battle of Tannenberg
    August 26-30, 1914
  • First Battle of the Marne
    September 6-10 1914
  • Turkey Joins the Central Powers
    October 29, 1914
  • British Blockade of Germany Starts
    November 2, 1914
  • Christmas Truce
    December 24-31, 1914

  • 1915

  • First Zeppelin Raid on London
    January 15, 1915
  • Initial Naval Assault at
    the Dardanelles
    February 19, 1915
  • Fall of Fortress of Przemsyl
    March 22, 1915
  • 1st Gas on the Western Front,
    2nd Battle of Ypres
    April 22, 1915
  • Lusitania Sunk
    May 7, 1915
  • First Battle of the Isonzo
    June 29, 1915
  • German Defeat in Southwest Africa
    July 9, 1915
  • Second Landing at Gallipoli:
    Suvla Bay
    August 7, 1915
  • German Defense Proves Dominant
    in Champagne & Artois
    September 1915
  • Central Powers Invade Serbia
    October 7, 1915
  • The Battle of Ctesiphon
    November 22-25, 1915
  • Douglas Haig Named British
    Field Commander
    December 16, 1915

  • 1916

  • German aces Max Immelmann and
    Oswald Boelcke, First Aviators
    Awarded Pour le Mérite
    January 12, 1915
  • Battle of Verdun Begins
    February 21, 1916
  • Russian Defeat at Battle of
    Lake Naroch
    March 18-21, 1916
  • British Empire Forces
    Surrender at Kut
    April 29, 1916
  • Battle of Jutland
    May 31, 1916
  • Brusilov Offensive Opens
    June 4, 1916
  • Battle of the Somme Begins
    July 1, 1916
  • Gorizia Captured During
    6th Battle of Isonzo
    August 8, 1916
  • First Tanks Go Into Battle
    During Battle of the Somme
    September 15, 1916
  • Fort Douaumont Recaptured
    During Battle of Verdun
    October 24, 1916
  • Emperor Franz Josef Dies
    Sixty-Six Year Reign Ends
    November 21, 1916
  • Bucharest Falls
    December 5, 1916

  • 1917

  • Germany Resumes Unrestricted
    Submarine Warfare
    January 31, 1917
  • British Army Captures Kut-al-Amara
    February, 1917
  • Tsar Nicholas II Abdicates
    March 15, 1917
  • America Declares War
    April 6, 1917
  • Petain Named French Commander-in-Chief
    May 15, 1917
  • Battle of Messines
    Opens Flanders Campaign
    June 7, 1917
  • Third Ypres
    Battle of Passchendaele Begins
    July 31, 1917
  • Papal Peace Initiative
    August 1, 1917
  • Breakthrough Techniques Tested
    at Battle of Riga
    September 1, 1917
  • Battle of Caporetto Begins
    October 24, 1917
  • Battle of Cambrai Commences
    Great War's Largest Tank Action
    November 20, 1917
  • Russian-German Armistice Signed
    December 15, 1917


    Contributed by David Homsher


     Kaiser Wilhelm II
    Beast of Berlin?

     Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
    Great Captain or Donkey?

     The War Service of Adolf Hitler
    Setting the record straight on the Great War's most notorious veteran.

     How A Right Can Make A Wrong: Hitler's Fateful Encounter with Pvt. Henry Tandey, VC
    Contributed by John Godl

     The Lawrence of Arabia Factfile by A.N. Wilson
    Great content from the official biographer of T.E. Lawrence.

     Searching for Gavrilo Princep
    From Smithsonian Magazine.

     Sergeant Alvin York
    Contributed by Dr. Michael Birdwell.

     Canada's Unknown Soldier Comes Home, May 2000

    The United Kingdom's Unknown Warrior

     Gabriele D'Annunzio and the Vittoriale
    A Hero So Unconventional, He Built His Own Memorial

    Manfred von Richthofen
    Paragon of Excellence [Link]

     Nurse Edith Cavell
    Fragile Martyr

    Unknown Soldier: United States

     Rasputin: Master of Darkness
    From Britain's Channel 4.


     Moina Michael and the Red Poppy
    From The Great War, 1914-1918

    The Red Poppy
    WWI Symbol with Background on John McCrae's Poem In Flanders Fields

     TOC H: The Story of Tubby Clayton and Talbot House
    Presented by the Western Front Association.

     Hell Fire Corner

    Last Post at the Menin Gate
    8PM, Every Night of the Year


          The Newfoundland Regiment at the Somme
    One of the War's Great Tragedies Documented at the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Website

          Last Letter of Mayo Lind
    Lind died With Most of the Newfoundland Regiment At the First Day of the Somme

           July 1, 1916: First Day on the Somme

     Delville Wood: Gethsemane for the South African Brigade
    From I.S. Uys and the South African Military History Society

    Leaning Virgin of Albert


           Questionable Restoration Work at Verdun
    Before and after studies of work now being done. New Material December 2001.

          Verdun's Voie Sacree: Myth and Reality

          The Bayonet Trench of Verdun

     The Lafayette Escadrille Over Verdun
    Contemporary Account


     The Man and His Donkey: ANZAC Hero John Simpson Kirkpatrick
    From the website.

      Ataturk: Great War Hero and Founder of Modern Turkey
    Well done site from Turkey in English.

     ANZAC Day
              April 25th


     Monte Grappa: Italy's Thermopylae
    From Rich Galli

     The Heritage of Belleau Wood
    New Links and Photos

     No Man's Land


     Poetry at War
    James S. Robbin's select anthology of poems of the Great War. From National Review On-Line

     Words of War: Terms and Expressions Popularized, 1914-1918
    Expanded January 2005.

      Words of War: British War Slang
    From the Old Contemptibles website.

     Ernst Junger in Hyperspace by John King
    Outstanding Site on the Storm Trooper who became one of the 20th Century's greatest writers.

     Ernest Hemingway's War Poetry
    Contributed by Richard Galli.

     Great War Poems of Dangerous Dan McGrew's Creator
    At the War Veteran's Poetry Archive


     Then and Now on the Western Front
    From Western Front Traveler Tom Gudmestad

     The Variety of World War I Monuments
    A Photo Album by Sidney J. Clark, New Material 22 July 2004

     Ship of Fools? Henry Ford's Peace Ship
    From the Kansas University History Site

     Recalling the Great War
    An introductory guide on how the War has been remembered.

     Educational Slide Shows
    From the Western Front Association - USA Branch. Designed to teach the history, relevance and heritage of the War. On-line now: Veterans of the War Who Shaped the 20th Century; Women of the Great War; Virtual Tours of the Somme and Verdun; The View from Atop Thiepval Memorial; The Grim Side of the Great War; and Who Were the Dougboys?

     The Marne Taxis by Leon Loupy

     World War I Postcards
    Contributed by Sarah Phillips

     The Story of Pip, Squeak and Wilfred
    At Hell Fire Corner

     Big Bertha
    How She Got Her Wicked Reputation

     The Case of the Elusive Angel of Mons

     Christmas Truce of 1914

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