Important Dates of WW1

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1914

AUGUST:

- Britain declares war on Germany and sends BEF to France.

SEPTEMBER:

- The Miracle of the Marne  - Paris saved - war of attrition begins.

OCTOBER:

- First Battle of Ypres virtually destroys old regular units. 

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1915

APRIL:

- Build up of the BEF - supporting battles fought to assist French offensives.

- Second Battle of Ypres.

- First successful gas attack.

MAY:

- Shell shortage scandal.

SEPTEMBER:

- Battle of Loos

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1916

FEBRUARY:

- German attack on Verdun begins.

1st of JULY:

- First day of the Battle of the Somme.

SEPTEMBER:

- Tanks first used at Fiers.

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1917

APRIL:

- Battle of Arras - Canadians capture Vimy Ridge.

JUNE:

- Capture of Messiness Ridge by 2nd Army.

JULY:

- Opening of the Third Battle of Ypres.

NOVEMBER:

- Capture of Passchendale Ridge ends Third Ypres.

- Battle of Cambrai - use of massed tanks.

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1918

MARCH:

- First of German offensives strikes British 5th Army.

APRIL:

- Second German offensive on the Lys near Ypres.

MAY:

- Third German attack - from the Aisne to the Marne.

AUGUST:

- Battle of Amiens - 'the black day of the German Army.'

SEPTEMBER:

- Break through the Hindenburg Line.

NOVEMBER:

- Armistice

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