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World War I (1914 – 1918), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was an armed military conflict initially between several European nations and their colonial empires, which soon expanded to include a number of countries from across the globe.

Principally, the conflict was fought between the two major alliances; the Triple Entente, comprising the United Kingdom, France, and Russia, and the Triple Alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Although Italy had also been a member of the Triple Alliance, it did not join the Central Powers, as Austria-Hungary had taken the offensive against the terms of the alliance.

The war began after the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian heir presumptive Franz Ferdinand by the Serb nationalist group, the Black Hand. The death of Franz Ferdinand led to tensions between the European nations, leading to war.[1]

This conflict, like so many before and after it, was heavily influenced by the ongoing Assassin-Templar War, with members of each Order fighting on either side. Notably, during the Christmas truce of 1914, a Templar named Erich Albert, a general in the German Army, was assassinated by an unnamed British Assassin just moments after the two had worked together to save a wounded soldier's life.[2]

The war also affected London, with Zeppelin raids bringing destruction to the city throughout the conflict. In 1916, at the behest of Winston Churchill, the Assassin Lydia Frye eliminated a German spy ring operating around Tower Bridge. The spy ring was led by a Templar Master Spy, who eventually fell to Lydia's blade.[3]

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