World War I, also known as the Great War and "The War To End All Wars," was a global military conflict which took place primarily in Europe between 1914 and 1918. More than nine million soldiers and civilians died. The conflict had a decisive impact on the history of the 20th century.
The fighting that took place along the Western Front occurred along a system of trenches and fortifications separated by an area known as no man's land. These series of fortifications ran from the North Sea to Switzerland. This system of static trench warfare defined the war for many. On the Eastern Front, the vast eastern plains and limited rail network prevented a trench warfare stalemate. But the scale of the conflict was just as large. The Middle East and the Italian Front saw heavy fighting as well, with lighter fighting in Africa and the Pacific Islands. Hostilities also occurred at sea and, for the first time, in the air. Finally, the strain that fighting a total war imposed on the great powers created opportunities for disaffected segments of the population in places such as Russia, Arabia, Lithuania, Ireland, and, in the end, Germany itself, to rise to rebellion against their governments.
World War I marked the end of the old world order, which had emerged after the Napoleonic Wars. The Treaty of Versailles was designed to end the war, hobble Germany, and expand the power of the victors. Instead, it set the stage for World War II.
During the First Sorcerous War, the Empire of Aztecia nearly joined the war on the Alemanian side, which would have led to an attack on the Confederated Provinces. This was prevented when a coup d'etat led to the mass execution of the Aztecian cabinet, and a replacement government who kept the Empire neutral.
The eastern part of Frankia suffered greatly during the war, with both sides' toxic spells lingering on the ground after three quarters of a century.
Alemania lost the war, but would return as a major threat a few decades later in the Second Sorcerous War.
Alkahest was used in the First War, but was deemed too potent even for a weapon, so it was not used in the Second.
In the early 20th century, the Great War was fought between Prussia and the United Kingdom, with numerous other nations allying with either side. Given that many Germans had settled in North America, several of the North American states sided with Prussia during the war, leading to bloody conflict on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
World War I was a bleak, ugly event in human history. The Battle of Verdun was such a terrible battle that when God attempted to pass judgment on Earth (as foretold in the Book of Revelation) at Verdun, the French and German troops assumed that they'd been victims of some new weapon, and so viewed the affair with indifference.
After the Race defeated Germany in the Race-German War of 1965 and imposed its own harsh peace, the winners of World War I warned FleetlordAtvar of their own difficulties enforcing the Treaty of Versailles. Atvar boasted that the Race was more thorough and patient than the humanpowers, but his successors fared little better than the British and French in enforcing their terms, and within a few decades Germany was once again able to threaten the Race.
Noteworthy World War I veterans who also fought the Race include Mutt Daniels of America, whose experience as a soldier earned him the rank of sergeant when the Race invaded U.S. soil, and; Heinrich Jäger of Germany, who saw the first British tanks and subsequently became a skilled German tank commander.
Adolf Hitler served on the Eastern Front of World War I. During his rise to power in Germany, Hitler claimed that while his division was fighting the Russian Empire, they also had to contend with the Zigeuner people. Hitler claimed that the Zigeuner stole horses and boots and telegraph wire, helping to cause unnecessary German casualties. At the same time, Hitler also saw how badly the Russians treated the Jews they found in the Austro-Hungarian provinces they overran. Hitler already hated the Russians, and their anti-Semitism left him sympathetic to the Jews.
Upon his ascendancy, Hitler declared Zigeuner to be Untermenschen, along with Bolsheviks and homosexuals, and actively sought to eliminate these groups from Europe.