Author Archives: kmcauliffe

High Risk Rescue

Issue Number: 5142

Serving on Coastal Motor Boats during the First World War was no joke. 55 feet long, with a top speed of 40 knots, they were uncomfortable and noisy. Their torpedo-launching system was almost as dangerous for their crews as it was for their targets! But now, CMB skipper, Lieutenant Frank Judge had an even more […]

Outfoxed!

Issue Number: 5141

While most Germans were happy to wait out the end of the bloody conflicts of World War Two in a sleepy POW camp in rural Scotland, one man was determined to escape! His name was Gefreiter Fritz Schmitt — or at least that’s what he said it was. Schmitt knew he had to get out […]

Shooting Star

Issue Number: 5140

Rex Barton was a top British film star who had played the hero in film after film. And every time he was a tougher, harder-hitting hero. When the war broke out, he was safe in Hollywood, but a man like Rex couldn’t just sit by and watch it all happen. So he joined the RAF […]

The Forlorn Hope

Issue Number: 5139

The men of the 45th Regiment of Foot gripped their Brown Bess muskets with sweaty hands, ready to storm the breaches at Badajoz. The 45th were the soldiers chosen to be the first part of the attack. Their fight would be the hardest with the most casualties. For this, they called them… The Forlorn Hope […]

Under Fire!

Issue Number: 5138

Occupied France, 1944. Medical student Jean Valdon was under suspicion by his fellow Frenchmen of collaborating with the Germans. Jean didn’t waste time arguing. He offered his services — and skills — to the hard‑pressed British Army and set out to prove himself… Story: Ian Clark Art: Olivera Cover: Ian Kennedy

Next Stop… Freedom!

Issue Number: 5137

Aggregate rocket scientist Professor Carl Epstein was forced to flee Berlin in 1935, fearing Germany would use his knowledge to rain destruction on its enemies. Epstein and his wife chose peace, settling in a sleepy Spanish town. But soon the Nazis would come for them… Now, in 1938, amidst the devastation of the Spanish Civil […]

Atlantic Patrol

Issue Number: 5136

Walter Bennett still had nightmares of the day when his Anson, all set to attack a surfaced U-boat, had almost collided with a Catalina flown by an overanxious Yank who had also come in for the kill. Walter had dodged the Yank – and flown straight into a hail of fire from the German guns […]

The Dark Spitfire

Issue Number: 5135

It came out of nowhere, a glint of moonlight reflected in the dark night sky. The Luftwaffe pilot’s eyes frantically searched for his attacker in the murk of the evening, but it was invisible… a phantom. Then it streaked across the clouds like a bat out of Hades, its guns blazing at the Messerschmitt 109. […]

Deadly Convoy

Issue Number: 5134

Nobody could doubt the nerve and spirit of Sam Wilson. He was keen to the core, always ready to pile into the action. He was tested to the full as a hard-pressed infantryman, and went on to become a well-trained Commando. He had only one weakness – he didn’t know when to count to ten […]

The Home Front

Issue Number: 5133

German spies? Dead cattle? Murder? Wilhelmina Home came to Britain to volunteer as a WAAC in the First World War but she soon found herself embroiled in a plot worthy of her favourite author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Underestimated at every turn, Wilhelmina began to piece together the clues uncovering conspiracy which could threaten the whole of […]