Continental War
Continental War Montage (Fashoda War)
Clockwise from top: Destruction after the Battle of Namur, German tanks rolling into Russian-controlled Poland, French soldiers waiting inside a trench near Brussels, German soldiers in combat near Lille, Albatros D.III fighters of Jagdstaffel 11
Date 28 July 1914 – 12 January 1917
(2 years, 5 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)
Location Eurasia, primarily the Balkans and the Benelux
Result Decisive Triple Alliance victory
  • Treaty of Brussels
  • Cession of several French colonies to Germany
  • Liberation of Poland, Ukraine, and several other states
  • War reparations imposed on France and Russia
Flag of France France
Flag of Russia Russian Empire
State Flag of Serbia (1882-1918) Serbia
Flag of Montenegro (1905-1918 & 1941-1944) Montenegro
Triple Alliance:
Flag of the German Empire Germany
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Austria-Hungary
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Flag of Belgium (civil) Belgium
Flag of Romania Romania
Commanders and leaders
Flag of France Georges Clemenceau
Flag of France Raymond Poincaré
Flag of France Joseph Joffre
Flag of Russia Nicholas II
Flag of Russia Nicholas Nikolaevich
Flag of Russia Aleksei Brusilov
State Flag of Serbia (1882-1918) Peter I
Flag of the German Empire Wilhelm II
Flag of the German Empire Paul von Hindenburg
Flag of the German Empire Erich Ludendorff
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Franz Joseph I
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Karl I
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Conrad von Hötzendorf
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Victor Emmanuel III
Flag of Belgium (civil) Albert I
Flag of Romania Ferdinand I

The Continental War (sometimes referred to as the European War or Eurasian War) was an armed conflict involving Europe's continental based great powers between 1914 and 1917. Triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, it originally started as a war between Russia and Serbia against Austria-Hungary. It grew into a full war across most of the European continent after Germany honored its alliance with the Austro-Hungarians, causing France to do the same with its alliance.

The French anticipated a German attack through Belgium and invaded the neutral state in August. This caused most of the fighting to shift into the Benelux region after the British and Belgians allowed German troops to move into the country; albeit Britain still claimed neutrality in the conflict. By 1914, Austro-Hungarian and German forces had made breakthroughs on the Eastern Front, however were fighting a stalemate towards the west.

With Russian forces beaten back on the Eastern Front, along with a German offensive into French-occupied Belgium, the war soon turned in favor of the Triple Alliance by 1916. With the French Army crushed at the Battle of Verdun and the Germans nearing Paris, France sued for peace with Germany in December of 1916.

Towards the east, the Germans were able to send hundreds of thousands of troops east to defeat the remaining Russian forces. Within weeks, with the success of the Baltic Offensive, Russia sued for peace with Germany.