WW1 Key Events

The Willy-Nicky Telegrams

Kaiser Wilhelm II with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1905, wearing the military uniforms of each other's nations. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) The Willy Nicky TelegramsFollowing the … (more...)

This Week In The War (4-10 August 1914)

HMS Amphion – the first Royal Navy ship to be lost in World War One (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) The first week of World War One saw an immediate commencement of hostilities with the … (more...)

Germany Declared War on Belgium

Crowds gather in the Place Rogier, Brussels, in the rain to watch German troops as they march into the Belgian capital. Original Publication: Illustrated War News - pub. 1914 (Photo by Henry … (more...)

The Battle of Liege

The destroyed Leopold Bridge in the centre of Liege, Belgium, in August 1914. Photo: Wikimedia Commons This was the first land battle of the war, initiated by the Germans when they … (more...)

First Allied Shot in the War

The Allies' first shot in World War One. The crew at the c 1890, probably 6 inch coastal gun, which fired on the German merchant ship, SS Pfalz at 1245 hours, 5 August 1914. (Photo: Australian War … (more...)

NZ declared allegiance to Britain in WWI

Arthur Foljambe, 2nd Earl of Liverpool. The last Governor of New Zealand. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) At 3pm the New Zealand Governor, Lord Liverpool, read a telegram from His Majesty … (more...)

Australia’s response to the war

A studio portrait of Andrew Fisher and his family in 1910. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) As soon as war between Britain and Germany was declared on 4 August 1914 there was an outpouring … (more...)

The Defence of the Realm Act 1914 (DORA)

circa 1914: A World War I evacuation order issued under the Defence of The Realm Act. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images) On the 8th August 1914, only four days after war was … (more...)

This Week In The War (11-17 August 1914)

Shelling of the Liege forts by German artillery using high trajectory field howitzers. (Times History of the War Vol. 1, p347) The second week of the war was dominated by the raging … (more...)

Foundation of the Red Cross in Australia

Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, founder of the Australian Red Cross (State Library of Victoria SLV PMO13673) The Red Cross in Australia began on 13th August 1914 – just 9 days after the … (more...)