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After months I was able to play a short solo game: it's one of the scenarios designed by Pierre Laporte for the Pz8 WW1 Divisional rules... I played it with my 2mm WW1 armies (with British acting as US Marines...) and with the nice print-and-play WW1 fortifications provided by Pierre, that you can download in the Rules page. the gaming board is made from cork, with the squares marked with a black marker pen... the motive is inspired by the WW1 zig-zag trenches.
The US preliminary bombardment was particularly uneffective (only 1 german trench destroyed) and this conditioned the game. First US Marines assault were repulsed by the Germans, using gas, with heavy losses. The Americans were able to occupy only two squares in the German first row, but then expended their Artillery points in bloody, but unuseful attacks. Their offensive stalled with the US bridgeheads trying to cut the German barbed wire entanglements, again without success. After their last Artillery salvo, the Marines were still occupying only two enemy squares, without hope of further advance and with 9 of their Battalions wiped out... it was clearly a German victory.
Looks like I created a game that I can not win! Well, I will try the other scenarios by Pierre, including some open battles. Pz8 WW1 are very fast playing (30'-60') and 2mm miniatures are very flexible (for example, you can use British as Italians and German as Austrians... at least solo or between consenting adults ;-)