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In 1914, the world erupted in a conflict that was thought would be over in matter of months. The armies marched off to war in appearance and manner akin to distant cousins of the Napoleonic Period, with many units dressed in colorful uniforms and trained to fight in dense formations. Commanders of the day stressed the operational art of war. Battles were fought on the grand scale of million-man armies where it was thought that tactical issues were of minimal importance since it was rationalized that tactical success or failure would be negated by bypass and maneuver at the operational level.
Four years later, with over 10 million dead and Europe in complete ruin, over a thousand miles of trenches had been dug and poison gas, light machine guns, tanks, aircraft, and modern artillery, had all came into existence. This "First World War" had become the genesis of modern warfare, seeing innovative developments in weaponry and tactics as both sides raced to develop tools and techniques in the quest to break the deadlock that dominated the war's main arena: the Western Front. However, one of the most important innovations born out of this conflict was not a specific piece of weaponry, it was a change in the tactical mindset of commanders: the introduction of small unit tactics, or squad level warfare. Ironically, it was the evolution at the tactical level that finally brought about a strategic result to the conflict.
Squad Battles: First World War allows you to experience the technical and tactical advancements of that conflict, and the terrible battles that were carried out. Can you survive the horrific campaigns of the First World War?
First World War includes 67 Scenarios – covering all sizes and situations, including specialized versions for both head to head play and vs. the computer AI.
Included are 19 unique maps, that range from the Western & Eastern Front, as well as the Middle East.
The Order of Battles include all the Allied and Central Powers formations and soldiers.
Unit component, Order-of-Battle and Scenario Editors which allow players to customize the game.
Map & Sub-map editors allowing map creation and any of the included maps to be "chopped" up into smaller segments for custom scenario creation.
First World War provides multiple play options including play against the computer AI, Play by E-mail (PBEM), LAN & Internet "live" play, and two player hot seat.
A range of engagements covering most major battles in the conflict, including a 17 scenario German campaign that spans the entire war from 1914 to 1918, which puts you directly in a position to experience the drastic change of warfare from early rifle battalions to stosstruppen at the end of the war, and a British campaign which puts you in the role of a World War One tank commander to experience the birth of modern day armor. Same battles include: