Timeline of August 1914

Recruits at the Whitehall Recruiting Office, London. Britain's declaration of war on Germany on 4 August 1914 was greeted for the most part with popular enthusiasm, and resulted in a rush of men to enlist. Image Q 42033, part of the Daily Mirror Collection held by the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks.

Recruits at the Whitehall Recruiting Office, London. Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on 4 August 1914 was greeted for the most part with popular enthusiasm, and resulted in a rush of men to enlist. Image Q 42033, part of the Daily Mirror Collection held by the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks.

August 1914

DateEvents
1Royal Navy ordered to mobilise
2British government guarantees naval protection of French coasts
2German forces cross frontier into neutral Luxembourg
2Hostilities commence on French-German frontier
3Lord Grey's speech in British House of Commons convinces Parliament of case for war
3British government orders general mobilisation of the army
3Germany declares war on British ally, France
4British government sends ultimatum to Germany
411pm. British government declares war on Germany
4Germany declares war on neutral Belgium
4German forces cross frontier into Belgium
4Germany and Turkey sign an alliance
4British Grand Fleet constituted
4Key staff of British Expeditionary Force (BEF) appointed
5First meeting of British War Council
6Lord Kitchener appointed as Secretary of State for War
7First elements of British Expeditionary Force (BEF) land in France
8British forces cross frontier into Togoland and occupy Lome
8Hostilities commence in East Africa
12Britain and France declare war on Austria-Hungary
13First squadrons of Royal Flying Corps fly to France
13In Togoland, Allied advance on Kamina begins
15German forces cross frontier into British East Africa and occupy Taveta
16 Landing of original British Expeditionary Force (BEF) completed in France
19First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "C" leave India for East Africa
21German forces cross frontier into British South West Africa
21Orders are issued in Britain for raising of First New Army
23British Expeditionary Force fights Battle of Mons
24First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "A" leave India for France
25British forces cross Nigerian frontier into the Cameroons
26British II Corps halts retreat to fight Battle of Le Cateau
26German forces in Togoland capitulate to Allies
27Royal Marines and a unit of Royal Naval Air Service land at Ostend in Belgium
30New Zealand force lands at Samoa
31Franco-British agreement defining provisional zones in Togoland

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