Author Archives: kmcauliffe

The Phantom’s Revenge

Issue Number: 5131

In the summer of 1808, in the early months of the Peninsular war, five prophecies of death were given to those aboard HMS Phantom. First, in the shadow of a burning cross. Second, amongst the reaper’s spoils. Third, in the jaws of the sea. Fourth, beneath a mountain’s tears. And fifth, when the man with […]

Air Pirates

Issue Number: 5130

Officially they were called Forward Air Controllers, but air pirates was nearer the mark. What else would you call pilots who sneaked about all over the Vietnamese jungle tops, ambushing the enemy from the air then withdrawing before they had time to retaliate? Roy Armour was one of these men. He flew with a secret […]

Desert Deception

Issue Number: 5129

Hauptmann Fritz Friedel hated the desert with its relentless sun and oceans of coarse sand. The German captain thought his career was over when he was assigned a post on the remotest part of the German line, but then he heard music echoing in the desert wasteland. Following the eerie melody, Friedel discovered a pair […]

Last Boat Home

Issue Number: 5127

The Blitzkreig had thundered through France leaving carnage in its wake. For many men, the British Expeditionary Force’s retreat ended long before the beaches at Dunkirk. But one thing was certain: Lieutenant Jack Dodd was going to get his men home. Even as they huddled, stranded in a coastal village, with no hope of the […]

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 […]

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 […]