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The Great War Bomber is a Bomber unit available in the Modern Era.


By the outbreak of World War I, several nations, including Great Britain, France, and Germany, all had experimented with the concept of explosive bombardment via plane. In the earliest days of the war, bombs were dropped from all types of aircraft, including reconnaissance and fighter planes. One of the first genuine bombers introduced during the war, the Voisin III, was designed by the French aircraft manufacturer Gabriel Voisin. Featuring a standard biplane design reinforced with a steel frame, the Voisin III was capable of carrying payloads of over 300 lbs.


The Great War Bomber is the first aerial attack unit in the game. Large and slow, carrying a heavy load of bombs, it is used solely to rain death on ground or naval units, or on enemy cities, and it is significantly better at it than fighter airplanes. You can specialize it in one of these tasks via promotions.

The Great War Bomber and its later versions are quite vulnerable to enemy interceptors, so always use it in conjunction with other units capable of eliminating those. When possible, send in Triplanes or Fighters on Air Sweep missions in the vicinity of the Bomber's target to "use up" the enemy's anti-aircraft defenses for that turn. See the rules on Aircraft for more information.

Unique Unit Replacements[]

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