Monday, March 30th
King George decides to takes a pledge to abstain from alcohol for the duration of the war. In South West Africa General Botha’s men advance.
Tuesday, March 31st
The German armies on the Western Front now comprise over 5,000,000 men. In New York, crowds flock to see the first epic of the film era – ‘The Birth of a Nation’.
Wednesday, April 1st
British planes bomb German submarine bases in Belgium. Over 30,000 British women have signed an official register to apply for war work.
Thursday, April 2nd
Behind the German lines on the Western Front, scientists test how to release poison gas. ANZAC troops camped near Cairo riot through the city’s brothels.
Friday, April 3rd
French troops for Gallipoli arrive at their staging camp in Egypt.
Saturday, April 4th
Further progress reported in South West Africa. The strategic German settlement at Warmbad is occupied.
Sunday, April 5th
Two German officers escape from a prisoner of war camp at Denbigh in North Wales. They will stay on the run for a week before being re-captured.
Monday, April 6th
The Austrians want to take troops from the Eastern Front to defend themselves in the event of attack from Italy but the Germans object.
Tuesday, April 7th
British forces in Egypt start to leave for bases on the Greek islands to make their final preparations for the Gallipoli landings.
Wednesday, April 8th
The Germans near Ypres prepare chlorine gas for an attack but the wind is against them. Italy demands territory from Austria in return for neutrality.
Thursday, April 9th
German attempts to attack on rafts over the flooded ground north of Ypres are driven off. Germany accuses the United States of shipping contraband to the Allies.
Friday, April 10th
A ship carrying American war relief for Belgian refugees in Britain is sunk when a German submarine attacks a convoy near the Hebrides.
Saturday, April 11th
A giant German biplane with three powerful motors, the Staaken bomber, makes its maiden flight.
Sunday, April 12th
In the first pitched battle of the Mesopotamia campaign, a British force of 6,000 troops defeats a Turkish force of 12,000 at Shaiba.
Monday, April 13th
Lloyd George takes charge of the government’s Munitions Committee. A zeppelin is brought down by anti-aircraft fire near Ypres.
Tuesday, April 14th
A zeppelin reaches Wallsend, on Tyneside, and drops incendiary bombs: four civilian casualties. The work of the Red Cross is banned in German-occupied areas of Belgium.
Wednesday, April 15th
Italy builds up its forces in five areas facing the Austrian border. Night-time zeppelin raids against East Anglia: zero casualties.
Thursday, April 16th
The Canadian parliament approve a sum of $100,000,000 to be spent on the war. More than 100,000 Canadians are now in uniform.
Friday, April 17th
The British blow up German trenches on Hill 60 near Ypres with mines and, on occupying the craters, beat off counter attacks.
Saturday, April 18th
Fierce fighting for the craters at Hill 60. British aircraft locate and attack a German airstrip at the Dardanelles.
Sunday, April 19th
A French plane is shot down behind German lines, enabling the Germans to copy its device for allowing a machine gun to fire through its propeller.
Monday, April 20th
German artillery bombards Ypres ahead of a new attempt to seize the city using gas. The burning town’s civilian population departs in a hurry.
Tuesday, April 21st
The Austrians begin readying defences on their Italian borders in anticipation of attack.
Wednesday, April 22nd
The Germans use chlorine gas on a wide front to launch their mass assault against Ypres. French troops flee in panic. The Canadians move into the gap and steady the line.
Thursday, April 23rd
Lance Corporal Frederick Fisher becomes the first Canadian VC winner of the war after sticking by his machine gun when his comrades were killed.
Friday, April 24th
The death of the British poet, Rupert Brooke, is mourned on a French hospital ship. He died of blood poisoning caused by a mosquito bite on his lip.
Saturday, April 25th
The British land at two places on the Gallipoli peninsula, ANZAC Cove and Cape Helles. Determined Turkish defenders pin the invaders to the beaches.
Sunday, April 26th
The British sustain heavy casualties at Gallipoli trying to establish their beachheads. On the Western Front, Lt. William Rhodes-Moorhouse wins the first VC in the air.
Monday, April 27th
Sir John French sacks one of his generals, Horace Smith-Dorrien, for urging a strategic retreat at Ypres. The cabinet authorises gas to be used as a weapon.
Tuesday, April 28th
British troops at Cape Helles advance two miles while the Royal Navy bombards Turkish positions. The Germans halt their attacks at Ypres.
Wednesday, April 29th
A zeppelin drops bombs on Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds: zero casualties.
Thursday, April 30th
The British at Cape Helles repulse a Turkish counter-attack after the government in Constantinople orders General Liman to ‘drive the invaders into the sea’.
Friday, May 1st
The first Mills hand grenades reach troops on the Western Front. A German submarine sinks an American tanker without warning in the Mediterranean.
Saturday, May 2nd
The German government buys adverts in New York newspapers warning that ships flying the flags of the Allies will be attacked.
Sunday, May 3rd
Italy renounces its treaty obligations towards Austria, signalling the gradual mobilisation of its army.