First World War

The first world war embarked a new era in technological warfare

World War I, time stream

World War I from the time stream

For the conflict between the Kyrians and the Vaskans, please see Great War.

World War I, also referred to as The Great War, was a conflict fought mainly in Europe on Earth during the early 20th century. The Central Powers – the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and German Empires – were opposed by France, Russia and their allies, the Italian, British and Japanese Empires. In 1917, the fourth year of the war, Russia was embroiled in a series of revolutions and sued for peace with the Central Powers, while the USA entered the war against them.

When John Gill named himself the Führer of Ekos, he wore a World War I vintage Iron Cross as one of his Nazi decorations. (TOS: "Patterns of Force").

After Jonathan Archer restored a damaged timeline, scenes from World War I could be seen in the time stream as the timeline realigned itself. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

In describing the carnage of Earth's first three world wars, Spock noted that six million died in this war. (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

In 1930, Edith Keeler asked time traveler James Kirk if he and Spock had served together in the war, which could serve as a possible explanation of why Spock was addressing him as Captain. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

The original script for "The City on the Edge of Forever" featured a World War I veteran; however, this back-story was dropped from the character. Another cut script reference, from "Yesterday's Enterprise", mentioned Archduke Ferdinand's role in the start of the war.
Spock's figure of six million deaths falls short of the sixteen million casualties of World War I, but may be a reference to seven million civilian deaths or the number of deaths as a result of "despotism".
Actors Paul Fix and Ian Wolfe are the only two known Star Trek performers who were veterans of the First World War.

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