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"Of course, we didn't number it at the time because we had no idea there was going to be a sequel."
Indiana Jones[src]

World War I, also known as the Great War, was a worldwide conflict between nations that lasted four years between the death of Franz Ferdinand in 1914[1] till Armistice Day on November 11, 1918[2].

Indiana Jones in World War I[]

Jean Marc: "Look. France is on the left. Russia is on the right. The sausage is Germany, okay? Now, this is Austria. The potato is Belgium and the beer is Britain. And here, we have Serbia. Now when the archduke of Austria is assassinated in Serbia, Austria threatens to invade Serbia."
Rocco: "What about Germany?"
Jean Marc: "Germany, as an ally of Austria, declares war on Russia, an ally of Serbia"

Indiana Jones: "But we're fighting in France."
Jean Marc: "Yes, indeed we are. France declares war to Germany and Austria, because of their alliance with Russia."
Indiana Jones: "What about Belgium?"

Rocco: "Ah!"
Jean Marc: "Belgium. When Germany went to attack France, Belgium was on the way."
Rocco: "And Britain didn't like that, so they joined against Germany and Austria."

Jean Marc: "Right."
Indiana Jones: "So, we're fighting to protect Serbia. A tiny country no one's ever heard of. That's what this war is all about?"
Jean Marc and Rocco explain the war to Indiana Jones[src]

Indiana Jones enlisted for combat in the Belgian army in 1916 under the pseudonym "Henri Defense", and began basic training with his friend Remy Baudouin. After his unit was suffered heavy casualties in Flanders, including the deaths of all his officers, Jones served in the Battle of the Somme where he was captured. He escaped from two German POW camps, one with the help of Charles de Gaulle. Returning to service, his next assignment was as a motorcycle courier at the Battle of Verdun, carrying orders for France's 2nd Army, under Generals Robert Nivelle and Henri Philippe Pétain. After seeing the carnage at Verdun, he destroyed one set of orders that allowed the French soldiers to not die in a pointless attack, and fled his duty. He later joined up with Baudouin at another part of the front, and managed to get some leave in Paris for them both, and visited Professor Jacques Levi and had a brief affair with Mata Hari.

French and Belgian forces amassing near La Chavatte in 1916 after the battle of Flanders.

Baudouin and Jones were then assigned to Africa, where they assisted in the destruction of a German rail-mounted artillery, and the temporary capture of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. Jones was given a promotion after turning the tide of battle in German East Africa, and was assigned along with Baudouin to cross the Congo to pick up a wayward shipment of guns needed for the siege of Tabora. On the journey to Port-Gentil, Jones lost both his sergeant, Barthélèmy and his superior, Boucher. On the return trip, the expedition succumbed to disease, and were rescued by Albert Schweitzer at Lambaréné. Schweitzer's philosophy and pointless deportation changed Jones' view on the war.

Returning to Europe in early 1917, Jones and Baudouin joined the Belgian intelligence service, and quickly switched to the better-equipped French intelligence service. Jones was sent on several missions, including:

  • Reconnaissance photographer for the Lafayette Escadrille
  • Attempt to get Anthony Fokker to defect
  • Escorting Princes Sixtus and Xavier to Vienna to convince Karl I to surrender
  • Disrupting German intelligence assets in Barcelona
  • Retrieving sensitive information in Prague
  • Going undercover in the French Foreign Legion in Morocco
  • Assisting in the British and Australian attack at Beersheeba in Palestine
  • Determining the fate of missing intelligence agents in Transylvania
  • Organizing the defection of enemy soldiers in northern Italy
  • Trying to convince Mustafa Kemal to help the Allied cause in Istanbul

By November 1918, Jones and Baudouin were re-united and serving on the front when the armistice was declared. After a globe-trotting expedition with Baudouin in search of the Peacock's Eye, Jones served as an interpreter at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, which sought to develop the terms of peace after the war.

Returning home, Jones found America a changed place than when he had left in 1916. In Chicago, Jones met with CJ Williams, who had served in the US forces, and was dissatisfied with the racial segregation that still permeated in American society.



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