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World War 1, also known as the First World War or the Great War and the War to End All Wars, was a world conflict lasting from 1914 to 1919, with the fighting lasting until 1918. The war was fought by the Allies on one side, and the Central Powers on the other. No previous conflict had mobilized so many
soldiers or involved so many in the field of battle. By its end, the war had become the second bloodiest conflict in recorded history.
World War 1 became infamous for trench warfare, where troops were confined to trenches because of tight defenses. This was especially true of the Western Front. More than 9 million died on the battlefield, and nearly
that many more on the home fronts because of food shortages, genocide, and ground combat. Among other notable events, the first large-scale bombing from the air was undertaken and some of the century's first large-scale civilian massacres took place, as one of the aspects of modern efficient, non-chivalrous warfare.
I hope you will enjoy viewing worldwar-1.net and find its information both helpful and interesting. The website includes an exhaustive
day by day timeline, covering every event that occured during World War 1, in chronological order from 1914 through to 1919, which gives a fascinating insight into what was arguably the first industrial war in our history!
More detail to the websites timelines has recently been added, particularly those for 1918 and 1919 which have received a lot if new data. Work also continues on other projects,
one of which is a timeline of events immediatley after World War 1. I shall update this and other projects in due course.
5th September 1914
First Battle of the Marne begins.
9th September 1914
First Battle of the Masurian Lakes begins.
First Battle of the Marne ends in a French Victory, thus halting the German advance towards Paris, which results in stalemate.
14th September 1914
Russia loses the First Battle of Masurian Lakes. First Battle of Aisne begins.
Troops starts to construct trenches across the entire length of the western front.
17th September 1914
Austro-German forces launch an attack into western Poland
Tsar Nicholas takes commands of Russian armies.
15th September 1915
British forces use gas in battle near Loos, but shifting winds cause 60,000 British casualties.
The Second Battle of Champagne begins.
15th September 1916
Tanks introduced for the first time on the Somme battlefield by the British.
20th September 1916
Russia's Brusilov offensive in Carpathia comes to an end, having nearly knocked Austria-Hungary out of the war.
German troops break through the northernmost end of the Russian front during the Riga offensive.
19th September 1918
The British begin an offensive against Turkish forces in
Palestine, the Battle of Megiddo.
26th September 1918
The Battle of the Vardar is fought against the Bugarians by Serb, Czech, Italian, French and British forces. The Meuse-Argonne offensive begins. this wll be the final Franco-American offensive of the war.
28th September 1918
Belgian forces launch an offensive at Ypres.
29th September 1918
Bulgaria concludes armistice negotiations with the Allies.
|German Fokker DR.I
|The Fokker DR.I triplane was built after the Sopwith Triplane. While not as fast as contemporary biplanes, the Dreidecker could easily outclimb any opponent. Small, lightweight and highly maneuverable, it offered good upward visibility and lacked the traditional bracing wires that could be shot away during combat. This combination of
features made it an outstanding plane in a dogfight. When the DR.I first entered service, antagonists scoffed until pilots like Werner Voss Flying a prototype, shot down 10 British aircraft in 6 days of aerial combat during September 1917. Unfortunately, the DR.I was not without problems. By the end of October 1917, it was temporarily withdrawn from service when several pilots, including Heinrich
Gontermann, were killed as a result of wing failures. Despite structural improvements, the Fokker triplane's reputation among German airmen never recovered.