World War I also known as the First World War or the Great War was an extremely bloody war that engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1919. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate compounded by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemates.
Fought mostly by soldiers in trenches, World War I saw huge losses of life and little ground lost or won. While many hoped that World War I would be "the war to end all wars," it paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. In actuality, the concluding peace treaty set the stage for World War II.
There were many, many battles fought during World War I and across a number of fronts. The following is a list of the key battles fought by date, which front, and a summary of why they are important.
The presentation coves the following:
Battle of Mons: Western Front: The British Expeditionary Force delay the German advance before being forced back.
Battle of Tannenberg: Eastern Front: Hindenburg & Ludendorff make their names stopping the Russian advance.
First Battle of the Marne: Western Front: The German advance is fought to a halt near Paris, and they retreat to better positions.
First Battle of Ypres: Western Front: The BEF is worn out as a fighting force; a massive wave of recruits is on its way.
This is one of several "companion" power point presentations that I offer under the heading ...World War I. Each of the Battles Listed are offered as a separate individual power point presentation as well.