List of World War I battles

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Battle of the Somme
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British soldiers going 'over the top' at the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Date1 July - 18 November 1916
LocationThe Western Front, near the Somme river.
ResultIndecisive
Belligerents
United Kingdom
British Empire
France
German Empire
Casualties and losses
620,000 dead, missing, captured or wounded.450,000 dead, missing, captured of wounded
 
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Notre-Dame-de-Lorette National Cemetery at Ablain-Saint-Nazaire - the largest single military cemetery in France, holding an ossuary and burials of 40,051 soldiers.
Tyne Cot Cemetery at Ypres Salient, Belgium - the largest British military cemetery in the world with more than 35,000 soldiers.

World War I, which lasted from August 1914 to November 1918, was, at the time, the largest single war ever to have occurred. There was a large number of allies on each side of the conflict, and their geographical location and that of their imperial provinces meant that parts of the war were fought all over Europe, and in other places such as North Africa and the Middle East. A battle is a smaller conflict between two military enemies that often makes up part of a war. This is a list (though not exhaustive) of the battles of World War I, in chronological order. They are organised as to the opening date of the battle.

Contents

1914

August

  5 Battle of Liege
  5 Battle of the Frontiers
  7 Battle of Mulhouse
12 Battle of Haelen
14 Invasion of Lorraine
16-19 Battle of Jadar, also Battle of Tekeris, also Battle of Cer
17 Battle of Stalluponen
20 Battle of Gumbinnen
21 Battle of the Ardennes
21 Battle of Charleroi
21 Siege of Namur (1914)
23 Battle of Mons
23 Capture of Dinant
25 Siege of Maubeuge
25 Destruction of Louvain
26 Battle of Le Cateau
26 Battle of Tannenberg
28 Battle of Heligoland Bight
29 Battle of Guise
29-30 Battle of St. Quentin

September

  6 First Battle of the Marne
  6 Battle of Drina
  9 First Battle of the Masurian Lakes
12 Battle of Bita Paka
12 First Battle of the Aisne
25 First Battle of Albert
25 Battle of Sandfontein
28 Siege of Antwerp

October

  1 First Battle of Arras
17 Siege of Tsingtao until 7 Nov
19-22 First Battle of Ypres
19- Battle of the Yser
The Menin Gate, where many of the names of the missing soldiers of the battles of Ypres are recorded.

November

1 Battle of Coronel
3 Raid on Yarmouth
3 Battle of Kilimanjiro
3 Battle of Tanga
5 Capture of Basra
11 Battle of Łódź

December

3 Battle of Qurna
3-9 Battle of Kolubara
8 Battle of the Falkland Islands
16 Raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby
18 Battle of Givenchy
20 First Battle of the Champagne

1915

January

24 Battle of Dogger Bank
31 Battle of Bolimov

February

3 Defence of the Suez Canal
7 Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes
19 Dardanelles Bombardment

March

10 Battle of Neuve Chapelle
18 Attempt to Force the Narrows

April

11 Battle of Shaiba
22 Battle of Gravenstafel (part of Second Battle of Ypres)
24 Battle of St Juliaan (part of Second Battle of Ypres)
25 Anzac Cove
25 Landing at Cape Helles
28 First Battle of Krithia

May

1 Eski Hissarlik
6 Second Battle of Krithia
8 Battle of Frezenberg (part of Second Battle of Ypres)
15 Battle of Festubert
19 Turkish attack at Anzac Cove
24 Battle of Bellewaarde (final part of Second Battle of Ypres )
31 Capture of Amara

June

4 Third Battle of Krithia
23 First Battle of the Isonzo
27 Battle of Nasiriyeh
28 Battle of Gully Ravine

July

12 Attack on Achi Baba
18 Second Battle of the Isonzo

August

6 Suvla Bay
6 Battle of Lone Pine
6 Battle of Sari Bair
6 Battle of the Nek
17 Great Retreat (Russian)
21 Battle of Hill 60
21 Battle of Scimitar Hill

September

Langemarck Cemetery, in Belgium. This is a German war cemetery, consisting of a mass grave and other individual and group graves, as well as a memorial to the German missing of the war.
25 Battle of Loos
28 Kut-al-Amara
28 Battle of Es Sinn

October

18 Third Battle of the Isonzo

November

10 Fourth Battle of the Isonzo
22 Battle of Ctesiphon

December

7 Siege of Kut-al-Amara starts
18 Evacuation of Gallipoli

1916

January

6 Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad
13 Battle of the Wadi
21 Battle of Hanna

February

21 Battle of Verdun

March

8 Battle of Dujaila
9 Fifth Battle of the Isonzo
18 Battle of Lake Naroch

April

5 First Battle of Kut
29 Siege of Kut-al-Amara ends

May

15 Battle of Asiago
15 Trentino Offensive
31 Battle of Jutland

June

4 Battle of Lutsk
4 Battle of Khanaqin

July

1 Battle of the Somme
Battle of the Somme
Going over the top 01.jpg

British soldiers going 'over the top' at the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Date1 July - 18 November 1916
LocationThe Western Front, near the Somme river.
ResultIndecisive
Belligerents
United Kingdom
British Empire
France
German Empire
Casualties and losses
620,000 dead, missing, captured or wounded.450,000 dead, missing, captured of wounded
14 Battle of Bazentin Ridge
15 Battle of Delville Wood
23 Battle of Pozieres Ridge

August

3 Battle of Romani
6 Sixth Battle of the Isonzo
6 Battle of Gorizia

September

3 Battle of Guillemont
14 Seventh Battle of the Isonzo
15 Battle of Flers-Courcelette

October

10 Eighth Battle of the Isonzo

November

1 Ninth Battle of the Isonzo

December

13 Second Battle of Kut

1917

January

9 Battle of Khadairi Bend

February

  1. 26 Battle of Nahr-al-Kalek

March

11 Capture of Baghdad
13 Samarrah Offensive
19 Seizure of Falluja
25 Battle of Jebel Hamlin
26 First Battle of Gaza

April

9 Second Battle of Arras
9 Battle of Vimy Ridge
11 Battle of Shiala
16 Second Battle of the Aisne
17 Second Battle of Gaza
21 Battle of Istabulat
30 Battle of the Boot

May

12 Tenth Battle of the Isonzo
14 Battle of Otranto Straits

June

7 Battle of Messines

July

The ruins of Ypres, after its three battles. The battle of Ypres was also known as the 'Battle of the Bulge,' because of the bulge effect it had on the lines of allied trenches. Due to Ypres' strategic importance, the battles fought over it had huge death tolls.
31 Third Battle of Ypres
31 Battle of Passchendaele

August

19 Eleventh Battle of the Isonzo

September

28 Battle of Ramadi

October

24 Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo
24 Battle of Caporetto
31 Third Battle of Gaza
31 Battle of Beersheba

November

5 Capture of Tikrit
13 Battle of Mughar Ridge
20 Battle of Cambrai

December

8 Fall of Jerusalem

1918

March

21 Second Battle of Somme/Operation Michael

April

9 Battle of the Lys/Operation Georgette
23 Raid on Zeebrugge

May

27 Third Battle of the Aisne/Operation Blücher-Yorck
28 Battle of Cantigny

June

1 Battle of Belleau Wood
18 Battle of Chateau-Thierry
15 Battle of the Piave River
18 Action of 18 June 1918

July

4 Battle of Hamel
14 Battle of Abu Tellul
15 Second Battle of the Marne
18 Battle of Soissons
21 Attack on Orleans

August

8 Battle of Amiens
31 Battle of Mont St. Quentin

September

12 Battle of Havrincourt
12 Battle of Saint-Mihiel
18 Battle of Epehy
19 Battle of Megiddo
26 Battle of the Argonne Forest
27 Battle of the Canal du Nord
29 Battle of St. Quentin Canal

October

8 Battle of Cambrai
23 Battle of Vittorio Veneto
23 Battle of Sharqat

November

4 Second Battle of the Sambre

See also

References

  1. http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/all.htm - comprehensive list of battles.
  2. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWbattles.htm - supporting information and list of battles.
  3. http://uktv.co.uk/history/item/aid/595496
  4. Britannica Encyclopaedia - detailed information on many of the more significant battles.