World War One - Timeline

Map of UK and Europe showing where the Battle of Jutland took place. Map to show the area where Jack Cornwell helped in the Battle of Jutland
Lord Kitchener in military uniform - sketch and photograph Lord Kitchener in military uniform
soldiers and Mark I tank on a muddy battlefield. The Mark I was the world's first combat tank. It was introduced to battle for the first time on 15 September, 1916. The wheel at the rear of the tank was not included on later models.

Germans vs French

  • February - The longest battle of the war takes place at Verdun in North East France


  • March - Conscription (a law forcing people to join up to fight in a war) for unmarried men aged 18-41 is introduced in Britain. Later in May, married men of the same age were called up


  • May - June - The Battle of Jutland is fought (the only great sea battle)

Death of Kitchener

  • 5 June - Lord Kitchener dies en route to Russia when his armoured cruiser hit a mine

Battle of the Somme

  • 1 July - 14 November - The Battle of the Somme (over 1.3 million men killed, Allies gain 6 miles)


  • 15 September - The tank goes into battle for the first time on the Somme

New Prime Minister

  • December - David Lloyd George becomes the new British Prime Minister

School Radio: WW1

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