June & July
Franz Ferdinand assassinated. Europe slides towards war.
The last days of peace. Everyone declares war. Belgium invaded. The Battles of the Frontiers. Austria fail. Tannenberg. The Goeben and Breslau run east.
France saved. Austria fail. Masurian Lakes. Germany’s colonies gobbled up. The Race to the Sea and the Western Front’s stabilisation.
The Race to the Sea ends. Ypres & Yser. Poland invaded. Austria fail. Turkey enters the war.
Britain suffers its first naval defeat in 100 years. Britain repulsed in German East Africa. Germany and Russia battle in Poland. Austria invades Serbia again. Major fighting at Ypres comes to an end (for now).
Austria’s 3rd invasion of Serbia. The destruction of Germany’s Pacific Squadron. Austria’s successful offensive against Russia. Turkey attacks Russia. Christmas Day truces.
Turkey’s disaster at Sarikamish. Zeppelins bomb Britain. The British and German navies clash. Turkey invades Egypt.
Turkey fails in Egypt but starts to deal with the Armenians. The 2nd Battle of the Masurian Lakes. Unrestricted submarine warfare. British plans to attack Constantinople.
Failed Allied offensives on the Western Front. Austro-Hungarian reverses in Galicia. Franco-British naval assault on the Dardanelles repulsed. Italy’s drift towards war.
Turkish persecution of Armenians intensifies. Italy agrees to enter the war. Germany’s first poison gas attacks at Ypres. Allied landings on Gallipoli go badly wrong.
Italy joins the Allies. Germany’s gas attacks at Ypres. The Gorlice-Tarnów offensive smashes Russia. Bloody stalemate at Gallipoli. The sinking of the Lusitania. Intensified extermination of the Armenians.
Italy attacks along the Isonzo. More bloody stalemate in Gallipoli. More German & Austro-Hungarian gains in Poland & Galicia. Zeppelins bomb and are bombed. Allied advances in Africa.
A year of war. Armenian genocide. One Battle of the Isonzo ends, another begins. Victories for Britain in Mesopotamia and Germany in Poland. The flame thrower. America threatens war.
More German advances in Poland. The August offensive in Gallipoli. Italian failures along the Isonzo. Germany calls off the U-boats. Turkey’s continuing extermination of the Armenians.
The Eastern Front stabilises. Political crisis in Russia. Turkey’s continued extermination of the Armenians. Failed Allied Western Front offensives. The “tank” is tested.
Serbia invaded, properly this time. Political turmoil in Greece as Allies land in Salonika. Edith Cavell executed. Another Isonzo offensive. New leaders for France and Australia.
Serbia overrun. More Italian failures on the Isonzo. Britain blocked in Mesopotamia. Hunger stalks Europe. Calling time on Gallipoli.
Evacuations from Gallipoli. The end of Serbia. The Siege of Kut begins. Plans for next year.
Turkish victory in Gallipoli. British reverses in Mesopotamia. German preparations for the Verdun offensive. Russian successes in Eastern Anatolia.
Russia smashes Turkey in the Caucasus. Germany launches its Verdun offensive.
The Verdun meat-grinder continues. Another Isonzo offensive fails. German East Africa invaded. Desperate British attempts to raise the siege of Kut.
Verdun grinds on. Russian victories against Turkey. The fall of Kut. Rebellion in Dublin.
Verdun carnage continues. Germany calls off the U-boats, again. Austria-Hungary attempts to knock Italy out of the war. Britain and France divide up the Middle East. Clash of the German & British fleets.
Crisis at Verdun. The Brusilov Offensive smashes Austria-Hungary. Preparations for the Somme. The Arab Revolt kicks off.
Carnage on the Somme. Germany’s last attempt to take Verdun. The continuing Brusilov Offensive. Dada and the Cabaret Voltaire.
The Somme lumbers on. Italy wins a battle. Romania joins the Allies. All change as Falkenhayn is replaced by Hindenburg and Ludendorff.
The Somme grinds on. Attack of the tanks. The Brusilov Offensive ends in failure. Romania begins to reap the whirlwind. The Red Baron claims his first victims. A very short battle of the Isonzo.