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  • #43875
    Faith Blum
    @faith_blum

    I’m looking for some books/movies/documentaries/etc. to help me do some research on WWI. I only need an overview look right now, not any specific topic. I’m trying to immerse myself in the era before I start outlining my series. So an overview from a US and Allies view would be great. Especially if it came with a timeline of events or something like that. Thanks!

    ISTJ ~ Independently published author ~ wife ~ mother of two in heaven ~ www.faithblum.com

    #43877
    luciusbraun
    @theswordinthebook

    @faith_blum Not sure if this will help, but I use this for a timeline of WW1.

    Jun 28, 1914
    Archduke Assassination
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo. His death is the event that sparks World War I.
    Jul 30, 1914
    Russia Mobilizes
    Russia mobilizes its vast army to intervene against Austria-Hungary in favor of its ally, Serbia. This move starts a chain reaction that leads to the mobilization of the rest of the European Great Powers, and inevitably to the outbreak of hostilities.
    Aug 4, 1914
    World War I Begins
    Germany invades Belgium, beginning World War I.
    Apr 22, 1915
    Germans Fire
    The Germans fire shells filled with chlorine gas at Allied lines. This is the first time that large amounts of gas are used in battle, and the result is the near-collapse of the French lines. However, the Germans are unable to take advantage of the breach.
    May 7, 1915
    Lusitania Sinks
    A German submarine sinks the passenger liner Lusitania. The ship carries 1,198 people, 128 of them Americans.
    Sep 18, 1915
    Germany Limits Submarines
    Reacting to international outrage at the sinking of the Lusitania and other neutral passenger lines, Kaiser Wilhelm suspends unrestricted submarine warfare. This is an attempt to keep the United States out of the war, but it severely hampers German efforts to prevent American supplies from reaching France and Britain.
    Sep 15, 1916
    First Tanks
    The British employ the first tanks ever used in battle, at Delville Wood. Although they are useful at breaking through barbed wire and clearing a path for the infantry, tanks are still primitive and they fail to be the decisive weapon, as their designers thought they would be.
    Feb 1, 1917
    Submarines Back
    Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare in European waterways. This act, more than any other, draws the United States into the war and causes the eventual defeat of Germany.
    Feb 25, 1917
    Zimmerman Telegram
    British intelligence gives Wilson the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, a message from German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann proposing that Mexico side with Germany in case of war between Germany and the United States. In return, Germany promises to return to Mexico the “lost provinces” of Texas and much of the rest of the American Southwest. Mexico declines the offer, but the outrage at this interference in the Western Hemisphere pushes American public opinion to support entering the war.
    Apr 2, 1917
    Wilson for War
    President Wilson outlines his case for war to Congress.
    Apr 6, 1917
    U.S. Enters War
    Congress authorizes a declaration of war against Germany. The United States enters World War I on the side of France and Britain.
    May 18, 1917
    Selective Service Act
    Congress passes the Selective Service Act authorizing the draft. Although criticized for destroying democracy at home while fighting for it abroad, President Wilson claims he sees no other option and signs the bill into law.
    Mar 3, 1918
    Germany and Russia Peace
    The Germans sign a peace treaty with the new Bolshevik government of Russia. The terms of the treaty give Germany huge tracts of land that had been the Ukraine and Poland, and peace on the Eastern Front allows Germany to shift soldiers to the Western Front, causing serious problems for the French, British, and Americans.
    May 28, 1918
    Battle of Cantigny
    The Battle of Cantigny is the first major American offensive of the war. Though small in scale, the Americans fight bravely and soon go on to larger attacks against German positions.
    Jun 3, 1918
    Chateau-Thierry
    The Americans attack the Germans at Chateau-Thierry. This battle would morph into the larger Battle of Belleau Wood.
    Jun 6, 1918
    Battle of Belleau Wood
    The Battle of Belleau Wood begins as the U.S. Marine Corps attacks the Germans across an open field of wheat, suffering huge casualties.
    Jun 26, 1918
    Belleau Wood Ends
    The Battle of Belleau Wood ends with the final expulsion of the Germans from the wood, which marks the farthest German advance on Paris. The area has changed hands six times during the three-week battle, which has caused nearly 10,000 American casualties.
    Sep 12, 1918
    Battle of St. Mihiel
    The Battle of St. Mihiel begins when 300,000 American troops under the direct command of General Pershing fling themselves into the German lines.
    Nov 9, 1918
    Wilhelm Abdicates
    Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates, ending all German hope for a victory. He and his retinue quietly slip over the border into the Netherlands where he lives out the remainder of his life in relative peace and writes a self-promoting memoir defending his actions in the war.

    Armistice Day
    An Armistice is signed ending fighting on the Western Front.

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    #43879
    Faith Blum
    @faith_blum

    @theswordinthebook, Thank you so much! That should be very helpful!

    ISTJ ~ Independently published author ~ wife ~ mother of two in heaven ~ www.faithblum.com

    #43880
    luciusbraun
    @theswordinthebook

    @faith_blum Let me know if it does! 🙂

    ISTP. Check out my art instagram @smudge_viel Fueled by my family, friends, and lots of tea.

    #43881
    Faith Blum
    @faith_blum

    @theswordinthebook, I will do my best to remember. The earliest I’ll be writing the book is November.

    ISTJ ~ Independently published author ~ wife ~ mother of two in heaven ~ www.faithblum.com

    #43882
    luciusbraun
    @theswordinthebook

    @faith_blum I hope it goes well!

    ISTP. Check out my art instagram @smudge_viel Fueled by my family, friends, and lots of tea.

    #43908
    Faith Blum
    @faith_blum

    Thanks!

    ISTJ ~ Independently published author ~ wife ~ mother of two in heaven ~ www.faithblum.com

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