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World War I
World War I 1914-18
Posted 11 Apr 2012
In World War I the Central Powers (German, Austro-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria) faced the Allies (France, British Empire, Russia, Italy, United States, Romania, Japan, Serbia, Belgium, Greece and others). The war started on 28 Jul 1914 when the Austro-Hungarians invaded Serbia. Germany subsequently invaded Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The Russian Empires responded by attacking Germany. The Western Front quickly settled into a static war of attrition along trench lines. The Eastern Front saw the Russians successfully facing Austro-Hungarian forces but but being driven back by the Germans. The Russian Empire collapsed in Mar 1917, and Russia left the war after the October Revolution later that year. United States forces entered the trenches of the Western Front in 1918 and the Allies drove back the German armies in a series of successful offensives. Germany, with its own domestic problems, agreed to a cease-fire on 11 November 1918, later known as Armistice Day. The war had ended in victory for the Allies.
Both Portugal and New Zealand fought for the Allies in France. Portugal was also involved in East Africa against German colonial forces. New Zealanders fought in the Middle East against Turks and Germans.
Right now I focus on the Timeline of Portuguese Involvement in WW1.