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The Great War
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American artillery gun, nicknamed Calamity JaneWWI Timeline: 1917
January 19, 1917

Reich Foreign Secretary Zimmermann's telegram to Mexico urging her entry into war against the United States is discovered and translated by the British.

Photo: Detail of the Zimmermann Telegram

Detail of the Zimmermann Telegram
February 1

Germany again declares unrestricted submarine warfare.

Photo: German submarine

German submarine
March 15

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates. Provisional government is declared.

April 6

President Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war with Imperial Germany. (Link goes to PBS: American Experience)

Photo: President Wilson addressing Congress

President Wilson addressing Congress
April 16-29

French launch disastrous offensive at Chemin des Dames, advancing only 500 yards at the cost of 250,000 plus casualties.

April - June

Over half a million French soldiers mutiny, or "go on strike" and refuse to continue the failed offensive.

May 18

The United States passes the Selective Service Act empowering the Federal Government to draft men for the armed forces.

Photo: Selective Service goes into effect

Selective Service goes into effect
July 1 - 16

Russian Army lead by Alexander Kerensky begins last -- and disastrous -- offensive in Galicia.

July 3

The first wave of the American Expeditionary Force lands in France.

Photo: George Patton with tank

George Patton with tank
July 31-November 10

Third Battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele, results in minor gains, but still no breakthrough in the Western front at the cost of 700,000 casualties for both sides.

October 23

American troops in France fire their first shot in trench warfare.

Photo: American artillery gun, nicknamed Calamity Jane

American artillery gun, nicknamed Calamity Jane
November 7

Bolshevik socialists, led by Lenin, overthrow Kerensky's government.

Photo: A smiling Vladimir Lenin

A smiling Vladimir Lenin
December 3

The new Russian government, represented by Leon Trotsky, signs an armistice with Germany.

December 9

British capture Jerusalem from the Turks and her Arab allies.

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