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The Great War
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Tsar Nicholas II and family in captivityWWI Timeline: 1918
1918-1919

Two waves of influenza kill more people than did the war. (Link goes to PBS: American Experience)

January 8, 1918

President Woodrow Wilson declares his 14 points as the path to permanent world peace.

Photo: President Wilson

President Wilson
March 21

Germans launch the first of five major offensives to win the war before American troops appear in the trenches. German advance is finally stopped in late June

April 22

Baron von Richthofen, "the Red Baron" is killed in air dog-fight. (Link goes to PBS: Nova)

April 25

British and Australian troops stop the German advance near Amiens.

May 23

German shells land on Paris.

May 31

Germans on the banks of the Marne near Paris are stopped by American forces at Chateau-Thierry.

Photo: American soldiers in trenches

American soldiers in trenches
July

German troops being shipped from the Eastern to Western Front begin to desert in large numbers from their transport trains

July 16-17

Former Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, children, and members of his entourage are murdered by the Bolsheviks.

Photo: Tsar Nicholas II and family in captivity

Tsar Nicholas II and family in captivity
August 3

President Wilson agrees to co-operate with Allies in sending "volunteer" troops into Russia.

August 8

Allied counter offensives on the Somme push the German army back and into retreat

September 27

Allied troops break through the German fortifications at the Hindenberg line.

October 28

German sailors mutiny at port when asked to sail and fight a hopeless navel battle.

Photo: German World War 1 battleship

German World War 1 battleship
October 30

Turks sign armistice

November 9

Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates.

Photo: Kaiser Wilhelm II

Kaiser Wilhelm II
November 10

A German republic is founded.

November 11

At eleven o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the war ends as Germany and Allies sign an Armistice.

Photo: American soldiers celebrate end of war

American soldiers celebrate end of war
December 4

Woodrow Wilson sets sail for the Paris Peace conference. (Link goes to PBS: American Experience)

Photo: President Woodrow Wilson aboard the "George Washington" headed for Europe

President Woodrow Wilson aboard the "George Washington" headed for Europe
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