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The Great War
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French soldiers building a trenchWWI Timeline: 1914
June 28,1914

Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.

July 28

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

July 31

As an ally of Serbia, Russia announces full mobilization of her armed forces.

August 1

Germany mobilizes her armed forces and declares war on Russia.

Photo: German soldiers celebrating start of war

German soldiers celebrating start of war
August 3

Germany declares war on France.

August 4

Germany declares war on neutral Belgium and invades in a right flanking move designed to defeat France quickly. As a result of this invasion, Britain declares war on Germany.

Photo: German troops crossing into France from Belgium

German troops crossing into France from Belgium
August 6

Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.

August 22

"The Battle of the Frontiers" -- 27,000 French soldiers die on this single day in an offensive thrust to the east of Paris, towards the German borders.

August 26-30

German army, led by Erich Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg achieves its greatest victory of the war on the Eastern front against Russia at the Battle of Tennenberg.

Photo: Generals Ludendorff and von Hindenburg with Kaiser Wilhelm II

Generals Ludendorff and von Hindenburg with Kaiser Wilhelm II
September 5-10

First Battle of the Marne halts German invasion in France.

September 15

First trenches of the Western front are dug.

Photo: French soldiers building a trench

French soldiers building a trench
December 25

Unofficial Christmas Truce declared by soldiers in the trenches along the Western Front.

Photo: Western Front trench covered with snow, modern footage

Western Front trench covered with snow, modern footage
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