Timeline of the declaration of war
1871 German Empire proclaimed after the Franco-Prussian War
1882 Triple Alliance formed – Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy
1888 Wilhelm II becomes German Kaiser
1892 Franco-Russian alliance
1899-1902 South African War between Britain and Boer republics
1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War
1904 Entente Cordiale between Britain and France
1906 Launching of HMS Dreadnought begins new naval race.
1908 Bosnia-Herzegovina annexed by Austria-Hungary.
1909 New Zealand offers Britain a battleship – HMS New Zealand.
1911 New Zealand Territorial Army formed.
1912-1913 First Balkan War. Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria defeat Turkey.
1913 Second Balkan War. Serbia, Greece, Romania defeat Bulgaria.
June 28 Assassination of Austrian heir Archduke Ferdinand and wife in Sarajevo.
July 5 Germany agrees to support Austria-Hungary in any action.
July 28 Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
July 30 Austria-Hungary and Russian begin mobilisation.
August 1 Germany declares war on Russia.
August 3 Germany invades Belgium, declares war on France.
August 4 Britain (and Empire) declares war on Germany.
August 5 War proclaimed by Lord Liverpool in Wellington.
August 6 Call for volunteers in New Zealand.
August 13 First Wairarapa volunteers leave for training.
August 15 Samoa Advance Force leaves Wellington.
October 16 Main Body of NZEF leaves Wellington for Egypt.