Despite the growing intensity of the war overseas, the United States would remain uninvolved, though not for long.

Chronology of Main Events of the War for Liberty

Battles That Have Marked the Greatest Struggle in the World’s History

Four Years of Bitter Warfare Before the Defeat of Autocratic Attempts to Rule the World Could Be Assured- Progress of the Titanic Contest Practically as It Went On From Day to Day

From June 28, 1914, when the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, and his wife, at Sarajevo, Bosnia, gave Emperor William of Germany his excuse for beginning war which he believed would result in his gaining practical control of the world through military domination, the main events of the struggle are told in the following chronicle:


8 –British troops at Kut-el-Amara  surrounded
9 –British evacuate Gallipoli peninsula
13 – Austrians capture Cetinje, capital of Montenegro
23 –Scutari, capital of Albania, captured by Austrians


22 –Crown prince’s army begins attack on Verdun


8 –Germany declares war on Portugal
15 –Austria-Hungary declares war on Portugal
24 –Steamer Sussex torpedoed and sunk


18 –President Wilson sends note to Germany
19 –President Wilson speaks to Congress, explaining diplomatic
24 –Insurrection in Dublin
29 –British troops at Kut-el-Amara surrender to Turks
30 –Irish revolution suppressed


3 –Irish leaders of insurrection executed
4 –Germany makes promise to change methods of submarine warfare
9 –Justus A. Hovey enlists in the New York National Guard
13 –Austrians begin great offensive against Italians in Trentino
31 –Great naval battle off Danish coast


5 –Lord Kitchener lost with cruiser Hampshire
11 –Russians capture Dubno
12 –Raymond A. Fishbaugh enlists in the New York National Guard
13 –Alton V. Sleight enlists in the New York National Guard
19 –Glenn W. Fishbaugh enlists in the New York National Guard
29 –Sir Roger Casement sentenced to be hanged for treason


1 –British and French begin great offensive on the Somme
5 –David Lloyd George appointed secretary of war
9 –German merchant submarine Deutschland arrives at Baltimore
23 –General Kuropatkin’s army wins battle near Riga
27 –English take Delville wood; Serbian forces begin attack on Bulgars
in Macedonia


2 –French take Floury
3 –Sir Roger Casement executed for treason
4 –French recapture Thiaumont for fourth time; British repulse
Turkish attack on Suez Canal
7 –Italians on Isonzo front capture Monte Sabotino and Monte
San Michele
8 –Turks force Russian evacuation of Bitlis and Mush
9 –Italians cross Isonzo river and occupy Austrian city of Goeritz
10 –Austrians evacuate Stanislau; allies take Doiran, near Saloniki,
from Bulgarians
19 –German submarines sink British light cruisers Nottingham and
24 –French occupy Maurepas, north of the Somme; Russians
recapture Mush in Armenia
27 –Italy declares war on Germany; Roumania enters war on side of
29 –Field Marshal von Hindenburg made  chief of staff of German
armies, succeeding General von Falkenhayn
30 –Russian armies seize all five passes in Carpathians into Hungary


3 –Allies renew offensive north of Somme; Bulgarian and German
troops invade Dobrudja in Roumania
7 –Germans and Bulgarians capture Roumanian fortress of
Tutrakan; Roumanians take Orsova, Bulgarian city
10 –German-Bugarian army captures Roumanian fortress of Silistria
14 –British for first time use “tanks”
15 –Italians begin new offensive on Carso


2 – Roumanian army of invasion in Bulgaria defeated by Germans
and Bulgarians under von Mackensen
4 –German submarines sink French cruiser Gallia and Cunard
liner Franconia
8 –German submarines sink six merchant steam ships off
Nantucket, Massachusetts
11 –Greek seacoast forts dismantled and turned over to allies on
demand of England and France
23 –German-Bulgar armies capture Constanza, Roumania
24 –French win back Douaumont, Thiaumont field work,
Haudromont quarries and Caillette wood near Verdun, in
smash of two miles


1 –Italians, in new offensive on the Carso plateau, capture 5,000
2 –Germans evacuate Fort Vaux at Verdun
5 –Germans and Austrians proclaim new kingdom of Poland,
of territory captured from Russia
6 –Submarine sinks British passenger steamer Arabia
7 –Cardinal Mercier protests against German deportation of Belgians;
submarine sinks American steamer Columbian
8 –Russian army invades Transylvania, Hungary
9 –Austro-German armies defeat Russians in Volhyina and take
4,000 prisoners
13 –British launch new offensive in Somme region on both of Ancre
14 –British capture fortified village of Beacourty near the Ancre
19 –Serbian, French and Russian troops recapture Monastir; Germans
cross Transylvania Alps and enter western Roumania
21 –British hospital ship Britannic sunk by mine in Aegean Sea
23 –Roumanian army retreats 90 miles from Bucharest
24 –German-Bulgarian armies take Orsova and Turnu-Severin from
25 –Greek provisional government declares war on Germany and
28 –Roumanian government abandons Bucharest and moves capital
to Jassy
28 –Earl W. Burritt enlists in the New York National Guard


5 –Premier Herbert Asquith of England resigns
7 –David Lloyd George accepts British premiership
8 –General von Mackensen captures big Roumanian army in Prohova
12 –Chancellor von Bethman-Hollweg announces in Reichstag that
Germany will propose peace; new cabinet in France under
Aristide Briand as premier, and General Robert Georges Nivelle
given chief of command of French army
15 –French at Verdun win two miles of front and capture 11,000
19 –Lloyd George declines German peace proposals. 23 – Baron Burian
succeeded as minister of foreign affairs in Austria by Count Czernin
26 –Germany proposes to President Wilson “an immediate meeting of
delegates of the belligerents”
27 – Russians defeated in five-day battle in eastern Wallachia,

Historical events timeline transcribed from The Hilton Record, December 23, 1918, Page 2.
Addition of World War I Veterans by Tammy M. Mullen