The Great War Infantry is a Gunpowder unit available in the Modern era.


As the 20th century opened, the world experienced two of the deadliest and most destructive wars in human history. It was a time of remarkable advancement in the technology of killing, and the infantrymen of World War I faced every conceivable terror the world's scientists and engineers could throw at them. Typically armed with little more than a bolt action rifle and simple uniform, these troops braved the horrors of trench warfare to defend their homes and families.


The Great War Infantry is the basic combat unit of the Modern Era, representative of the new tendencies of modern trench warfare. With so many exploding shells on the battlefield it becomes increasingly dangerous for battalions to maintain formation, and so modern infantry exchange organisation for mobility on the field, seeking as much cover as possible, while also firing at enemies. The invention of modern forms of communication also allows commanders to stay in touch while their troops are dispersed - something impossible before.

The Great War Infantry are significantly more efficient than earlier units, capable of dealing with sustained enemy fire while also delivering serious damage themselves. Use them at the front lines to soak up enemy attacks.

Unique Unit Replacements

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
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Italy (Victor Emmanuel III)
  • +20 Production Production cost.
  • Ignores terrain cost.
  • Can cross Mountains.
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New Zealand (Seddon)
  • Heals more damage the further it is from the capital when outside borders (up to 30 damage)
  • Slight combat bonus when fighting outside home borders
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Australia (Henry Parkes)
  • +15% Combat Strength on land adjacent to Coast and in foreign lands
  • Starts with Cover I
  • May be upgraded from Workers, upgrades to Mechanized Infantry, and does not obsolete at Plastics
Expeditionary Force United Kingdom (George V)
  • -30 Production Production cost.
  • Begins with Medic if trained during a 'We Love the King Day.'
Grenzer Austria-Hungary (Franz Joseph)
  • Unlocked at Steam Power
  • -22% Production Cost
  • -3 Combat Strength
  • +1 Combat Strength per Promotion.
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India (Gandhi)

(When the India Civilization Pack is installed)

  • Stronger, but slightly more expensive
  • Receives a bonus when fighting outside of friendly territory
Latviesu Strelnieki Latvia (Janis Cakste)
  • Increased strength on rivers or coasts
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Soviet Union (Lenin)
  • Cheaper and slightly weaker
  • May use enemy roads
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Russia (Nicholas II)
  • Weaker and has a penalty against cities
  • Produces two for every one trained
  • More effective in friendly lands
Stormtrooper Germany (Wilhelm II)
  • +40% Combat Strength against fortified units
  • +25% Combat Strength vs. Gun Units
  • +33% Defense vs. ranged attacks in open terrain

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