The British Empire was a participant in the First World War, drawn into the war after the German invasion of Belgium, a violation of the 1841 Treaty of London, in which the great powers of Europe guaranteed Belgian neutrality and territorial integrity.
In the game, it is represented in the game with three squads, ordered by introduction:
- For the squad, see Canadians.
During the time of the First World War, Canada (or formally, the Dominion of Canada) was a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, meaning that it had control over domestic policy in a Parliament elected to Ottowa, but its foreign policy was controlled by the Crown at Westminster. Before 1949, the modern-day province of Newfoundland was a separate dominion, and apart from Canada proper.
The declaration of war in 1914 applied to the whole of the British Empire, immediately drawing in dominions like Canada, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa into the conflict as well.