Author Archives: kmcauliffe

Home Guard Hero

Issue Number: 5126

First they called them the Local Defence Volunteers, but then they became the Home Guard. But the name didn’t matter to the thousands of volunteers aged between sixteen and sixty-five who enrolled in 1940 to help Britain face the Nazi menace. Men like veteran First World War marksman Alec Fraser and his squad. Based on […]

E-boat Strike!

Issue Number: 5125

Adriatic Sea. 1943 Lieutenant Ron Logan and his SBS unit were speeding along, hoping not to run into anyone else foolish to be out on such a miserable night. But they weren’t alone. Before they could disappear into the fog, A MAS boat spotted them and the SBS men fought bitterly to shake off their […]

Under the Wire

Issue Number: 5124

After Jerry shelled their trench on the Italian Front, Lieutenant Pete Smith and his batman, Tich Nimmo, were buried alive in their dugout. Above them, the British defences took a hiding, swarmed by the advancing German infantry. Pete and Tich only had one choice : to dig their way out and retreat to the British […]

Convict Commandos: Wolf Warriors

Issue Number: 5123

The Convict Commandos are back and in trouble again! Jelly Jakes, Titch Mooney, Dr Jane Mallory, Smiler Dawson and Major Guy Tenby are in the thick of it once more — this time in Nazi Germany itself! In a headlong retreat behind their own borders, the Germans were desperate to halt the American advance and […]

Murder in the Clouds

Issue Number: 5122

High over the Channel coasts of England and France, American and British pilots diced with death every day as they took on Hitler’s Luftwaffe. But then, as well as the losses they all saw with their own eyes, other Allied planes began to be mysteriously shot down and a terrible thought occurred to the Allied […]

Mutiny Island

Issue Number: 5121

Haruki Murakami, of the Imperial Navy Air Service, and Josh Croydon, of the Royal New Zealand Air force, duelled in the bright blue skies above the Pacific Ocean. The war was nearing its end, but Haruki’s Mitsubishi Zero Type 0 model 52 and Josh’s Vought F4U Corsair fought on like clashing eagles – until a […]

Day of Danger

Issue Number: 5120

The Luftwaffe ground crews standing around the German drome gazed upwards in amazement. There, above them, a Royal Air Force Mosquito was circling, undercarriage and flaps down, preparing to make a landing. It looked like a crafty trick of some kind – but no! The Mosquito touched down and rolled to a standstill. The pilot […]

The Wren and the Eagle

Issue Number: 5119

For the Marshall family, the navy was in their blood. Roderick Marshall was a Rear Admiral; his son Norman was a Lieutenant… so it was only natural when his daughter Judith signed up for the WRNS. Judith wanted freedom and excitement. She wanted to do her part for her country and fight against the Germans […]

In Trouble Again

Issue Number: 5118

Charlie Potter was a bright, young teacher with aspirations of being sent to the Education Corps. Although he was toffee‑nosed, he was a good bloke really. But every NCO and officer whose path he crossed was glad to see the back of him. Trouble – that was Charlie, a unanimous verdict. So what did the […]

Tunnels of Arras

Issue Number: 5117

By 1916, the Allies had taken a pounding at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Desperate to avoid more unnecessary casualties, a decision was made to embark on one of the largest and most ambitious tunnelling works ever undertaken by the British Army in the First World War. New Zealand diggers, coal miners and […]