2166 According to Spock
"...As you recall from your histories, this conflict was fought, by our standards today, with primitive atomic weapons and in primitive space vessels which allowed no quarter, no captives. Nor was there even ship-to-ship, visual communication; therefore, no human, Romulan, or ally has ever seen the other. Earth believes the Romulans to be warlike, cruel, treacherous... and only the Romulans know what they think of Earth. The treaty, sent by subspace radio, established this Neutral Zone, entry into which by either side would constitute an act of war. The treaty has been unbroken since that time..."
Imagine what these ships were like.
According to Spock
-they had atomics they
-had no room for captives
-No room for crew (likely the numbers of 400 individuals was impossible).
-No visual communication
This list implies some other things.
I made this List from inference.
-Crews of a dozen or less
-Delayed FTL (due to charging)
-Fast ships but very small.
-Ships heavy in armor
I wondered what a space battle, one on one would be like.
Perhaps it was very, very sub like. Without shields a direct hit by a nuclear warhead would kill the crew instantly leaving the ship only marginally damaged.
Maybe tactics would involve dropping from warp on top of your objective and striking with a Nuclear bombardment provided your inelligence was accurate because you couldn't see your target without FTL sensors. Maybe then had them but they were extremely short range.
With limited fuel you likely had a limited time to prosecute your objective depending on if you were fast attack ship designed to hold the Frontline for a limited time and return or...if your objective to was to strike at the very heart of the enemy...it's home planet. I think there would have been only a few of these resource hogs. They have to have lots of fuel and stores to stay out on the frontier and wait for an opening and likely they weren't very fast. Yet I bet they would be heavily armored. These ships couldn't be disabled by a crew killing radiation burst. They'd need multiple bombardments and laser strafes to bring down
*Those would terrifying ships compared with the average fast light attack ship.
I imagine the war was fought over certain planets because some sort of self sufficient way station would necessary to keep the front line resupplied with provisions. It may have been a Starbase for either side.
If they were fighting over a planet I doubt they'd take many marines...bombardment would be the only answer with tactical nukes are conventional explosives. Expending the money to get that many people there just to die would be wasteful.
It would have been a long ...and evil conflict with alot of deaths and alot of derlict ships floating around in what would be the Neutral Zone. Of course Enterprise has changed everything but this is only a what if.
Last night I imagine these ships in combat and in tactics.