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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 8:24 a.m. PST

Yes, "best" is highly subjective so give me your favorite.

I never could get into Trench gaming (outside of the Command & Colors game) so I like the big sweeping battles of 1914 best.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 9:02 a.m. PST

A second vote for 1914 – way better than fighting over a few hundred metres of mud

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 9:42 a.m. PST

1914--not least because I can use FPW 5mm castings and rules.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 9:55 a.m. PST

1914 and 1918.

1914 because of the colorful uniforms and more movement on the battlefield, although once engaged the forces were much less mobile.

1818 because of the interesting gear and tactics leading to more movement on the battlefield. Again, once engaged the fighting can be intense.

1915 – 1917 can be interesting on the Eastern Front and in the Middle East and East Africa.

whitejamest26 Oct 2021 10:53 a.m. PST

For me it's 1916. The horrors of trench warfare are the defining characteristic of the period for me, and 1916 sees the iconic battles of Verdun and the Somme. Also by that time there has already been a lot of tactical innovation.

Bismarck26 Oct 2021 11:11 a.m. PST

Like Robert Piepenbrink said, 1914. Colorful uniforms,
lots of maneuver and similar to the FPW, my favorite

One of our group does run a trench fight game that
is a lot of fun, so trench fighting does not have
to be boring.

panzerCDR26 Oct 2021 11:21 a.m. PST

1918. Tanks. Stormtroopers. Infiltration. Movement greater than the first trench line. Huge German offensive. Desperate Allied defense leading to counteroffensive. Plus Grandpa in Belgium with the detached 27th US ID.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 2:01 p.m. PST

1917 Cambrai is my favorite battle

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 2:13 p.m. PST

1915 and 1916, for the naval actions.


Old Contemptible26 Oct 2021 4:44 p.m. PST

1914 Western Front

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Oct 2021 4:50 p.m. PST


Perris070726 Oct 2021 4:54 p.m. PST


Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2021 12:07 a.m. PST

Actually I find this really hard. 1914 for maneuver, 1915 for Gallipoli, 1916 for Somme and Verdun, 1917 Cambrai and Beersheba, 1918 for Kaiserschlact and Amiens. In other words all of it is interesting for gaming in my opinion.

Martin Rapier27 Oct 2021 2:24 a.m. PST

Like Chimpy, I wouldn't want to pick just one, they are all interesting. I guess of all the years I play, 1915 is the one which doesn't get much of a look in, although I did run a Loos game a few years back.

My last three WW1 games have been 1914 Poland (Lodz), 1917 France (Nivelles) and 1918 France (Op Micheal), so I'm all over the place. Not been to the Middle East for a while so might do that next.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2021 3:20 a.m. PST


Oddball27 Oct 2021 7:03 p.m. PST

I do like all the phases of the war, from the early beautiful uniforms to the grind of infantry assaults on trenches to the industrial carnage of the last years.

Gotta pick?
1917 – I do love a tank or two on the table. Also a year of really cool aircraft.

JimSelzer27 Oct 2021 9:43 p.m. PST

1917 and 1918 but I only game the Air War

Stoppage Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2021 12:51 a.m. PST

I don't do WW1 – but if I did then I'd think about an imaginations affair based on:

Wiki – Allies in Russian Civil War 1919

Get the tanks out – especially the elongated Mark Vs carrying machine-gun teams:

Wiki – Mark V heavy Tank

RUSSIA 1919:

Approximately 70 Mark V tanks supplied by Great Britain to the White Russian Army and subsequently captured by the Red Army in the course of the Russian Civil War were used in 1921 during the Red Army invasion of Georgia and contributed to the Soviet victory in the battle for Tbilisi. In the north, four Mark Vs had been delivered to White Russian forces in Archangelsk in 1919, and four to Tallinn, Estonia along with two Renault FTs.


The last confirmed use of the Mk V in battle was by units of the Red Army during the defence of Tallinn against German forces in August 1941. The four Mk Vs previously operated by Estonia were used as dug-in fortifications. It is believed that they were subsequently scrapped.

BERLIN 1945:

In 1945, Allied troops came across two badly damaged Mk V tanks in Berlin. Photographic evidence indicates that these were survivors of the Russian Civil War and had previously been displayed as a monument in Smolensk, Russia, before being brought to Berlin after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Accounts of their active involvement in the Battle of Berlin have not been verified.

The Last Conformist28 Oct 2021 2:47 a.m. PST

1917 I guess. The only WWI gaming I've done is aerial.

Lascaris28 Oct 2021 7:43 a.m. PST

1915 in Mesopotamia

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2021 4:56 p.m. PST

The only one I'm not keen on is 1918.

mghFond01 Nov 2021 9:30 p.m. PST

1914 – before all the trenches, least in the west.

Wargamer Blue02 Nov 2021 2:14 a.m. PST


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