The GREAT War                         1914 - 1918

Adlington, Anderton and Heath Charnock remember.

February 3 - the USA severs diplomatic relations with Germany as German U-boats threaten US shipping, and intelligence suggests that Germany is provoking Mexico into a war with the USA.

February 25 - German troops withdraw 25 miles along part of the front to establish stronger defensive positions.

March 15 - The Russian Revolution causes Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate.

April 6 - The USA declares war on Germany.

April 9 - The Battle of Arras. New tactics are successfully employed by the British.

April 16 - The Second Battle of Aisne begins with large loss of life, which starts mutinies within the French Army.

June 7 - Battle of Messines Ridge. Mines are detonated under the German positions and the explosions are heard in Britain.

June 13 - German aircraft bomb London, killing 162 people and injuring 432.

June 25 - The first US troops arrive in France.

July 31 - The Third Battle of Ypres begins.

August 20 - The Third Battle of Verdun begins.

October 19 - The last Zeppelin raid on Britain is carried out by 11 airships.