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When does All Quiet on the Western Front take place? The First World War Timeline Explained

October 29, 2022

When, during World War I, does All Quiet on the Western Front take place and what major events occurred during the enlistment of Paul Bäumer?

Netflix’s new film All Quiet on the Western Front is an adaptation of German World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel about the conflict.

While Paul Bäumer and his childhood friends may be fictional characters, the battles the German army fought in the film upon enlistment were very real.

So when, during World War I, does All Quiet on the Western Front take place, and what was the timeline of major events during Bäumer’s supposed enlistment?


When is All Quiet on the Western Front set during World War I?

World War I began on July 28, 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918.

The 2022 Netflix adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front opens in the spring of 1917, when an excited Paul Bäumer (a fictional character played by Felix Kammerer) lies about his age to enlist in the German army.

Erich Maria Remarque’s original book was also opened in 1917, although the majority of the events described then shift to the summer-winter of 1918 as the war was heading towards a defeat of the Central Powers.

Although it is never revealed in which battles or assaults Paul Bäumer may have participated, he is stationed on the Western Front facing the French army throughout the story.

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Between the spring of 1917 and the end of the war, major operations between the Germans and the French which may have included Bäumer were the Battle of the Aisne (Nivelle Offensive), the Battle of the Hills, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of Verdun and finally, the Great Offensive.

The following is a simplified timeline of the major events of World War I, from the opening scene of Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front.


  • February 1 – Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare
  • February 3 – A German submarine sinks the American steamer SS Housatonic (the United States breaks diplomatic relations with Germany)
  • February 23 – German forces withdraw to the Hindenburg Line
  • March 14 – China breaks ties with Germany
  • March 15: Tsar Nicholas II abdicates from the throne of Russia
  • April 6 – The United States declares war on Germany
  • April 9 – Canadian troops win a major victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • April 29 – A series of mutinies occur in the French army
  • May 15 – Philippe Pétain replaces Robert Nivelle as commander of the French army
  • June 24 – American combat forces finally arrive in France
  • July 6 – Arab rebels take Aqaba under the leadership of Lawrence of Arabia
  • July 19 – The German Reichstag adopts a peace resolution
  • August 20 – Second offensive battle at the fortress of Verdun
  • October 26 – Second Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres)
  • November 19 – End of the Battle of Caporetto
  • 20 November – First large-scale tank assault by the British at Cambrai
  • December 11 – Allies liberate Jerusalem from 400 years of Ottoman rule
  • December 15 – Russia signs armistice with Germany
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  • January 8 – Woodrow Wilson lays out his fourteen points
  • March 3 – Russia signs the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany
  • March 4 – First known case of Spanish flu
  • March 21 – Germany begins its last offensive of the war
  • March 26 – French Marshal Ferdinand Foch is appointed Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces in Europe
  • April 1 – Creation of the British Royal Air Force
  • April 21 – The Red Baron is shot and killed
  • May 28 – First independent American victory at the Battle of Cantigny
  • June – Battle of Bois Belleau
  • August 8 – Start of the Hundred Days Offensive
  • August 31 – Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin
  • September 26 – The Allies launch their last offensive of the war
  • November 9 – Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates
  • November 10 – Kaiser Charles I abdicates
  • November 11 – Germany signs the armistice at Compiègne, ending World War I at 11 a.m.

By Tom Llewellyn –

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