World War One - Timeline

Recruitment posters for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps later known as the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Recruitment posters for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps later known as the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps mechanics at work on a car engine at Abbeville, France, on 15 September 1917. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps mechanics at work on a car engine in France
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps clerks at work alongside male colleagues at an advanced motor transport depot at Abbeville, France, on 15 September 1917. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps clerks at work alongside male colleagues in a motor transport depot in Abbeville, France, 1917
soldiers carrying stretchers and heavy equipment through a muddy battlefield The devastation caused by artillery fire and the weather made walking difficult. This was especially hard for those carrying stretchers and heavy equipment. This image has been rendered into colour from a black and white still.
A German Gotha bomber flying over fields. A German Gotha bomber flying over fields

Women at war

  • March - In Britain the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded

US joins allies

  • April - The Americans join the war

French strikes

  • April - June - Half a million French soldiers go on strike and stop fighting for two and a half months after many French soldiers lose lives in the Nivelle Offensive. Conditions of trench warfare combined with long periods of time between being granted leave also contributed to the strike.

Royal rename

  • 17 June - The British royal family changed their surname to Windsor to appear more British

Gotha attack

  • June - 18 German Gotha bomber planes attack London in broad daylight

The cost of war

  • July - War now costs Britain nearly £6 million a day

'Wipers'

  • 31 July - The Battle of Ypres begins

Mud

  • August - Storms in Flanders - the battlefield becomes a mud bath in the worst autumn in living memory

Cricket-free zone

  • August - Some professional cricketers are called out to war and numbers of people attending matches fall

'Wipers end'

  • November - The Battle of Ypres ends: 700,000 lives have been lost

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