World War I Time Table

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and asked for a declaration of war. His speech ended:

But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts, for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world at last free.

To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.

Europe The Seas Elsewhere

1st Colonel House mission
June 28
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

July 28
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

August 1
Germany declares war on Russia

August 3
Germany declares war on France

August 4
Germany invades Belgium

August 4
Britain declares war on Germany

August 4

U.S. declares neutrality
August 6
Austria Hungary declares war on Russia

August 5-16
Siege of Liege

August 12
Austria Hungary invades Serbia

August 14
France invades Lorraine

August 22-23
Battle of Mons
Japan declares war on Germany
August 26-30
Battle of Tannenburg

August 28

Battle of Heligoland
August 30
Paris Zeppelin raid

September 5-9
1st Battle of the Marne

October 15 - November 24
1st Battle of Ypres

October 29

Turkey joins Central Powers
November 21

Britain and India invade Middle East
December 24-26
Christmas Truce

January 19
London Zeppelin raid

January 28

William P. Frye sunk
February 4

Germany declares war zone around British Isles
February 19

Dardanelles naval attack

Turkey moves against Armenians
April 22
2nd Battle of Ypres begins

April 25

Gallipoli landing
May 1

Gulflight sunk
May 7

Lusitania sunk
May 23
Italy declares war on Austria Hungary

May 31
Zeppelin raid on London

June 30

Colonel House peace mission
July 2

Bomb in U.S. Senate
August 6

Suvla Bay (Gallipoli)
August 19

Arabic sunk
October 15
Bulgaria joins Central Powers

November 7

Ancona sunk
December 7

Wilson calls up reserves
January 7

German pledge to abide by submarine rules
February 21
Verdun begins

March 15

Army Reorganization Act in U.S.
March 24

Sussex sunk
April 24

Easter Uprising in Ireland
May 4

Sussex pledge
May 31

Battle of Jutland
July 1
Battle of the Somme begins

November 7

Wilson defeats Hughes
December 12
Germany proposes peace talks

December 20

Wilson seeks peace terms from both sides
January 22

Wilson calls for an association of nations and peace without victory
February 1

Germany resumes unrestricted sub warfare
February 3

U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Germany
February 24

Zimmerman Telegram revealed
March 9

Wilson arms merchant ships
March 11

Baghdad falls to British
March 15

Czar Nicholas II abdicates
April 2

Wilson asks for war declaration
April 6

U.S. declares war on Germany
April 12
Battle of Vimy Ridge

May 18

U.S. Selective Service Act
May 19

Pershing heads AEF
June 15

Espionage Act passed
June 25
U.S. soldiers arrive in France

July 6

T.E. Lawrence heads Arab revolt
July 31
3rd Battle of Ypres

October 24
Caporetto offensive

November 2

Lansing-Ishii Agreement
November 6

Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
November 8

Balfour Declaration
November 20
Tanks at Cambrai

December 7

U.S. declares war on Austria Hungary
December 9

British take Jerusalem
January 8

Wilson announces Fourteen Points
March 3

Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
Germans begin Western Front offensive

April 14
Foch heads Allies

June 25
Belleau Wood

July 17
2nd Battle of the Marne begins


U.S. Intervention in Russia
August 8
Amiens offensive

12 - 16
Saint Mihiel

September 26 - November 11
Meuse Argonne offensive

October 5
Hindenburg Line falls

October 25

Wilson's October Appeal
October 28

Kiel mutinies
November 11
Germany signs armistice

January 18

Paris Peace Conference begins
June 28

Treaty of Versailles signed
September 10

Treaty of Saint-Germain signed
September 25

Wilson collapse in Colorado
November 19

1st Senate defeat of Treaty of Versailles
November 27

Treaty of Neuilly signed
March 19

2nd Senate defeat of Treaty of Versailles
April 1

Last U.S. troops leave Siberia
June 4

Treaty of Trianon signed
August 10

Treaty of Sèvres signed
November 2

Republican election triumph

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