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World War I (abbreviated WWI), also known as the First World War, the Great War and The War to End all Wars was a global military conflict that took place mostly in Europe between 1914 and 1918. The main combatants were the Allied Powers, led by France, the Russian Empire, the British Empire, Serbia, Belgium, and later Italy, Romania and the United States, who fought against the Central Powers: Austria-Hungary, the German Empire, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey).

Much of the fighting in World War I took place along the Western Front, within a system of opposing manned trenches and fortifications (separated by a "no man's land") running from the North Sea to the border of Switzerland. On the Eastern Front, the vast eastern plains and limited rail network prevented a trench warfare stalemate from developing, although the scale of the conflict was just as large. Hostilities also occurred on and under the sea and — for the first time — in the air. More than nine million soldiers died on the various battlefields, and millions more civilians perished.

The war caused the disintegration of four empires: the Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman, and Russian. Germany lost its overseas empire, and states such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were created, or recreated, as in the cases of Lithuania and Poland. This contributed to a decisive break with the world order that had emerged after the Napoleonic Wars, which was modified by the mid-19th century's nationalistic revolutions. The results of World War I would also be important factors in the development of World War II just over two decades later.

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The Battle of Tannenberg in 1914 was a decisive engagement between the Russian Empire and the German Empire in the first days of The Great War, fought by the Russian First and Second Armies and the German Eighth Army between August 17 and September 2, 1914. The battle resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian Second Army. A series of follow-up battles kept the Russians off-balance until the spring of 1915. The battle is notable particularly for a number of rapid movements of complete corps by train, allowing the single German Army to present a single front to both Russian Armies.

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The Lewis Gun is a pre-World War I era squad automatic weapon/machine gun of American design that was most widely used by the forces of the British Empire. It first saw combat with the Belgian Army in World War I, and continued in service all the way through to World War II. It is visually distinctive because of a wide tubular cooling shroud around the barrel and top mounted pan magazines. The British quickly claimed it as their own, adopting it in late 1915 (much like their invention of the Peabody-Martini-Henry rifle). Each Lewis Gun required a team of two gunners, one to fire and one to carry ammunition and reload, and the whole rifle squad was trained to fire it in case the gunners were incapacitated.

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"It is easier to make war than make peace."
Georges Clemenceau, 20 July 1919

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A Gotha G.II bomber. Only ten were built before the aircraft was withdrawn due to repeated engine failures, but it set the pattern for the Gotha G.III through G.V bombers, with 460 more built for the later marks.

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Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE ADC (June 19, 1861 - January 28, 1928) was a British soldier and senior commander during World War I. He was commander of the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of the Somme and the 3rd Battle of Ypres. His tenure as commander of the BEF made Haig one of the most controversial military commanders in British history.

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  • ...that the Lake Tanganyika passenger ferry MV Liemba began its life as a German warship in World War I, spent eight years on the bottom of the lake, and later portrayed the Empress Luisa in the film The African Queen?

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Prelude:
o Causes
o Sarajevo assassination
o July Ultimatum

Main theatres:
o Western Front
o Eastern Front
o Italian Front
o Middle Eastern Theatre
o Balkan Theatre
o Atlantic Theatre

Other theatres:
o African Theatre
o Pacific Theatre

General timeline:
o WWI timeline

1914:
o German invasion of Belgium
o Battle of Liège
o Battle of Tannenberg
o Invasion of Serbia
o First Battle of the Marne
o First Battle of Arras
o Battle of Sarikamish
o Battle of the Vistula River
o Battle of ?ód? (1914)
1915:
o Mesopotamian campaign
o Gallipoli Campaign
o Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes
o Defense of Van (1915)
o Great Retreat (Russian)
o Italian Campaign
o Conquest of Serbia
1916:
o Erzurum Offensive
o Battle of Verdun
o Lake Naroch Offensive
o Trebizond Campaign
o Battle of the Somme
o Battle of Jutland
o Brusilov Offensive
o Conquest of Romania
o Great Arab Revolt
1917:
o Capture of Baghdad
o Second Battle of Arras
o Battle of Passchendaele
o Battle of Caporetto
o Conquest of Palestine
1918:
o Spring Offensive
o Battle of Sardarabad
o Hundred Days Offensive
o Meuse-Argonne Offensive
o Armistice with Germany
o Armistice with Ottoman Empire

o Military engagements
o Naval warfare
o Air warfare
o Cryptography
o Poison gas
o Railways
o Technology
o Trench warfare
o Partition of Ottoman Empire

Civilian impact and atrocities:
o Armenian Genocide
o Assyrian genocide
o Greek genocide

Aftermath:
o Aftermath
o Casualties
o Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
o Paris Peace Conference
o Treaty of Versailles
o Treaty of St. Germain
o Treaty of Neuilly
o Treaty of Trianon
o Treaty of Sèvres
o Treaty of Lausanne
o League of Nations

Entente Powers
o  Russian Empire
o France French Third Republic
o  British Empire
  » United Kingdom United Kingdom
  » Australia Australia
  » Canada Canada
  »  India
  » New Zealand New Zealand
  »  South Africa
o Kingdom of Italy Italy
o Kingdom of Romania Romania
o  United States
o Kingdom of Serbia Serbia
o Portugal Portugal
o Republic of China (1912-1949) Republic of China
o Empire of Japan Japan
o Belgium Belgium
o  Montenegro
o Greece Greece
o Armenia Armenia
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Central Powers
o German Empire German Empire
o  Austria-Hungary
o  Ottoman Empire
o Kingdom of Bulgaria Bulgaria

o A war to end all wars
o Female roles
o Literature
o Total war
o Spanish flu
o Veterans

Contemporaneous conflicts:
o Mexican Revolution (1910-20)
o First Balkan War (1912-13)
o Second Balkan War (1913)
o Maritz Rebellion (1914-15)
o Easter Rising (1916)
o Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-17)
o Russian Revolution (1917)
o Russian Civil War (1917-21)
o Finnish Civil War (1918)
o North Russia Intervention (1918-19)
o Greater Poland Uprising (1918-19)
o Polish-Soviet War (1919-21)
o Irish War of Independence also known as the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21)
o Turkish War of Independence also known as the Greco-Turkish War (1919-22)
o Irish Civil War (1922-23)

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