A long barrier of rocks, jagged reefs below the seething sea – it was a seaman’s nightmare at any time, but now it was dark… and misty. And hammering along at top speed was an ex-whaling ship in Norwegian hands with Nazi E-boats in hot pursuit! Story: Ian Clark Art: Peter Foster Cover: Jeff Bevan
Silently, their engines cut, the German Fieseler Storch planes swooped over the Russian airfield’s perimeter fence. Moments later, the quiet was shattered as small arms rattled and explosive charges lit up the night, destroying parked Red Air Force fighters in droves. And before the Russians even realised what was happeneing, the Fieselers were disappearing into […]
Racked with pain and half conscious, the corporal wasn’t sure if he was dreaming or not as four British soldiers drifted through the dawn mist straight into a ferocious artillery barrage… to re-emerge unscathed. Blinking again, he saw their deathly faces peering down at him and listened in horror as they began their chilling tale, […]
R.A.F. officers, Johnny Lees and Nat Rankin, were both skilled fighter pilots. Put either of them in the cockpit of a Hurricane and they could handle whatever the Luftwaffe threw their way. But in an unarmed fishing boat, with a German fighter homing in with all guns blazing, their chances of survival were drastically reduced! […]
Young Sergeant Pilots, Stewart Wright and Tommy Miller, did not think much of their new squadron – and even less of their squadron leader. But, flying their outdated Brewster Buffalo aircraft into battle against efficient Japanese Zero fighters, they discovered just how wrong they were when the chips were down. They had found pride in […]
For someone desperately seeking safety, joining the army on the brink of a full-scale war might not seem like the wisest move. But when your name is high on a Mafia hit-list, escape to battle isn’t such a crazy idea after all. For, surely, even the Mafia couldn’t track you down to a battlefield thousands […]
The British motor launch was doomed, pounded by an Italian MAS boat and now also coming under fire from approaching German E-boas. For Lieutenant Norman Ryan it was a bitter moment, but he and his crew would fight on to the end. After all, where there’s life, there’s hope… Story: Ian Clark Art: Peter Foster Cover: Jeff […]
Tactics had changed, machines had improved, but Group Captain Roland Bird knew from his Great War experiences that efficiency came with practice and attention to detail. His new command could expect a hard taskmaster, especially the crew of Wellington S-Sugar, who had crashed his car at their first meeting.
Horses against tanks and aircraft? Not a recipe for success, you’d think. But that was the best that was available for a gallant band of guerrillas – men and boys – battling against the Japanese in the Philippine Islands… as they waited for the Americans to return and set them free.
In the air war over Russia Anton Pozetski found life dangerous and confusing. It was easy to identify the enemy — they were the Germans and they shot at you. However, it wasn’t so easy to identify your friends. For a start, the Political Commissar and the Squadron Commander were apt to stab you in […]