Monday, April 21, 2008

1914 Society (1)

1914. A world war begins in Europe July 28 one month after the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne in Bosnia.

1914. Germany declares war on Russia and on France August 3. German troops invade neutral Belgium August 4 and Britain declares war on Germany.

1914. "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime," says British secretary of state for foreign affairs Sir Edward Grey.

1914. Japan declares war on Germany August 23. The Japanese produce munitions forRussia and other Allied powers.

1914. The first German air raid strikes Paris August 30 as the German aircraft drop small explosives on the city.

1914. The German submarine U-9 sinks three British cruisers in September to retaliate for the sinking of three German cruisers at Helgoland Bight August 28.

1914. The Battle of Ypres October 30 to November 24 pits German troops against French poilus and British Tommies in trench warfare that will consume huge numbers of soldiers on both sides in the next 4 years as the conflict becomes a war of position in which the front line will not shift more than 10 miles.

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