Western Front timeline

  • The Battle of Mulhouse

    The Battle of Mulhouse (or Mülhausen), which began on August 9, 1914, was the opening attack of World War I by the French army against Germany. The... Read more

  • Battle of Haelen (1914)

    First Field Battle in Belgium The first field battle of the war in Belgium took place northwest of Liege, on August 12, when a force of 5000... Read more

  • Battle of Lorraine

    On the morning of August 15, 1914, General de Castelnau's Second French army moved rapidly toward the Lorraine border on a front extending from... Read more

  • Battle of the Ardennes

    The Battle of the Ardennes was one of the opening battles of World War I. It took place from August 21-23, 1914, part of the Battle of the... Read more

  • Battle of Charleroi

    The French army of Gen. Lanrezac, on the day following the battle of Neufchateau, met with defeat, because that general had failed to carry out his... Read more

  • Battle of Mons

    Although the French armies on his right were in full retreat from the Belgian frontier on August 23, 1914 following their defeat first at Neuf... Read more

  • Siege of Maubeuge

    Skilful Retreat Conducted by Foch De Castelnau's Lorraine army was still in peril, however, and a further withdrawal across the Seille and... Read more

  • Battle of Landrecies and the British Disaster at Le Cateau

    At Maroilles, Haig's First Corps was so hard pressed that aid was urgently asked from the French. Two reserve French divisions responded, and by... Read more

  • First Battle of Guise

    The Battle of St. Quentin (also called the First Battle of Guise (French: 1ere Bataillede Guise)) was fought during World War I. On the night of... Read more

  • First Battle of the Aisne

    The First Battle of the Aisne (French: 1re Bataille de l'Aisne) was the Allied follow-up offensive against the right wing of the German First Army... Read more

  • Battle of Flirey

    The Battle of Flirey (French: 1re Bataille de Flirey) was a First World War battle fought between the 19th of September and 11th of October 1914.... Read more

  • Battle of Albert (1914)

    The Battle of Albert began on September 25, 1914 as part of the Race to the Sea during World War I. It directly followed the First Battle of the... Read more

  • Siege of Antwerp

    Belgian Army, 120,000 General Moranville King Albert Brigadier General Paris German Army, 200,000 General von Beseler Field Marshal... Read more

  • First Battle of Arras

    The Battle of Arras (also known as the First Battle of Arras), which began on October 1, 1914, was an attempt by the French Army to outflank the... Read more

  • Battle of La Bassée

    The Battle of La Bassée was a battle between British and German forces in northern France in October 1914, and was part of the Race to the Sea. The... Read more

  • Battle of Armentières

    This battle was part of Race to Sea campaign. During this battle the British successfully held the line in their sector, against repeated German... Read more

  • Battle of Messines (1914)

    The battle of Messines was part of the Race to the Sea. In the aftermath of the first battle of the Marne, the staff decided to move the British... Read more

  • Battle of the Yser

    The Battle of the Yser secured part of the coastline of Belgium for the allies in the "Race to the Sea" after the first three months of World War... Read more

  • First Battle of Ypres

    The First Battle of Ypres, also called the First Battle of Flanders, was a First World War battle fought for the strategically important town of... Read more

  • Battle of Neuve Chapelle

    British Army, 80,000 General Douglas Haig General Smith-Dorrien Sir Henry Rawlinson German Army, 50,000 General Falkenhayn Crown Prince... Read more

  • Second Battle of Ypres

    Canadian Forces, 30,000 First Brigade, Gen. Mercer Second Brigade, Gen. Currie Third Brigade, Gen. Turner Artillery, Gen. Burstall British... Read more

  • Second Battle of Artois and the Battle of Aubers Ridge

    Allied Forces, 430,000 General Joffre, Commander-in-Chief French Army Group—280,000 General Foch, Commander General Petain General... Read more