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1914 – The Battle of Tannenberg

26-30 August

The Battle of Tannenberg saw the German forces under the command of Paul von Hindenburg inflict one of the most complete defeats in military history on the Russian second army.

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1914 – First Allied shot of WWI fired in Victoria Australia.

5 August

The First Allies shot of the first world war was fired from the Port Phillip batteries. The German ship SS Pfalz was trying to flee Port Phillip after it had been informed of the outbreak of war.

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1914 – Germany Declares war on France

3 August

Two days after declaring war on Russia Germany declares war on France, whilst Romania and Switzerland declare their neutrality. Continue reading “1914 – Germany Declares war on France”

1914 – The German Occupation of Luxemburg

2 August

The 1914 German Occupation of Luxemburg was the first of two German occupations, the Germans claimed the occupation occurred in order to support their forces in France. Continue reading “1914 – The German Occupation of Luxemburg”

1916 The Battle of Fromelles begins


19 July

Fromelles was the first major battle fought by Australians on the Western front. Fromelles saw British and Australian troops attack the German lines in a prelude to the battle of the Somme. Continue reading “1916 The Battle of Fromelles begins”

1914 – WWI – Battle of the Falkland Islands

8 December

The Battle of the Falkland Islands was a British naval victory over the Imperial German Navy on this day in 1914 during the First World War in the South Atlantic. The British, after a defeat at the Battle of Coronel on 1 November, sent a large force to track down and destroy the victorious German cruiser squadron. Continue reading “1914 – WWI – Battle of the Falkland Islands”

1914 – SMS Emden is sunk by HMAS Sydney in the Battle of Cocos

9 November

The Battle of Cocos was a single-ship action that occurred on this day in 1914, after the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney (under the command of John Glossop) responded to an attack on a communications station at Direction Island by the German light cruiser SMS Emden (commanded by Karl von Müller). Continue reading “1914 – SMS Emden is sunk by HMAS Sydney in the Battle of Cocos”

1914 – The ‘Race to the Sea’ begins

17 September – On this day

The Race to the Sea took place from about 17 September – 19 October 1914 and is part of the series of battles fought at the beginning of WWI in the West before a continuous trench line was established. Continue reading “1914 – The ‘Race to the Sea’ begins”

1916 – Tanks first used in battle

15 September – On this day

Tanks were first used in combat by the British army on this day in 1916 as part of the ongoing Somme Offensive. Continue reading “1916 – Tanks first used in battle”

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