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HIS 382: World War I: Home


McGovern Library staff have compiled a selective list of print and online resources as a starting point for research on the World War I. It is not a complete listing of materials held by McGovern Library or available online, but is intended to serve as a guide to some of the Library's resources, and as a pointer to a variety of electronic resources.

Military alliances leading to World War I

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Historicair.

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WWI Timeline


  • June 28,1914
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.

  • July 28
    Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

  • July 31
    As an ally of Serbia, Russia announces full mobilization of her armed forces.

  • August 1
    Germany mobilizes her armed forces and declares war on Russia.

  • August 3
    Germany declares war on France.

  • August 4
    Germany declares war on neutral Belgium and invades in a right flanking move designed to defeat France quickly. As a result of this invasion, Britain declares war on Germany.

  • August 6
    Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.

  • August 22
    "The Battle of the Frontiers" -- 27,000 French soldiers die on this single day in an offensive thrust to the east of Paris, towards the German borders.

  • August 26-30
    German army, led by Erich Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg achieves its greatest victory of the war on the Eastern front against Russia at the Battle of Tennenberg.

  • September 5-10
    First Battle of the Marne halts German invasion in France.

  • September 15
    First trenches of the Western front are dug.

  • December 25
    Unofficial Christmas Truce declared by soldiers in the trenches along the Western Front.

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