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WW1 ❯ YEAR BY YEAR 1914


WW1 TIMELINE 03 AUGUST


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Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, addresses Parliament on the pros and cons of the war in Europe and whether Britain should intervene.


Britain declares war on Germany.


Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War, calls for 100,000 men to join the British Army.


Squadrons from the Royal Flying Corps fly to France, and the Royal Navy is mobilised.


British troops arrive in France. The battles begin – British troops first see action at Mons.


The First Battle of the Marne begins near Paris, which sees British and French troops fighting together for the first time.


Fighting starts at Ypres. HMS Hermes is sunk by a German U-boat off Dover.


A ‘Christmas Truce’ on the Western Front sees British and German soldiers exchange cigarettes in ‘No Man’s Land’. Fighting resumes the next day…


Left and top right


This iconic poster, depicting Lord Kitchener, bolstered the British recruitment campaign for volunteers; British ‘Tommies’ stopping for a cigarette after engaging in battle


WW1 Centenary Special ❯ 19


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