Tag Archives: Italy

RELUCTANT ASSASSIN

Issue Number: 4934
Reluctant Assassin

The order was simple — “Kill Mackheim”. The reason was also simple — he was a masterful German general who could thwart the Allied advance in this region of Italy. Captain Harry Brown, a skilled assassin, was already in the area, operating with the partisans. He was the obvious choice for the job, but there […]

DEATH DROP

Issue Number: 4881
Death Drop

In 1944, Allied forces in Southern Italy met fierce resistance from the German defenders who fought bitterly from the cover of the mountains and hills. When a British airborne unit were tasked with landing behind enemy lines and hampering the German escape, this seemed straightforward. However, Captain Roy Hopkins soon found out the hard way […]

FIVE MILE SNIPERS

Issue Number: 4867
Five Mile Snipers

It was the ultimate insult, being called “Five Mile Snipers” – with a sneering tone this phrase accused artillery gunners of being tucked safely out of harm’s way, a large distance from the front line. After a run-in with American Army Ranger officer, Sergeant Stan Wilkins, who was in charge of a battery of 25-pounder […]

NATURE OF THE BEAST

Issue Number: 4847
Nature Of The Beast

The Convict Commandos had been on many dangerous missions as the War raged on. Now it looked as if their latest adventure could turn out to be their last. ‘Jelly’ Jakes wasn’t just an expert safecracker – he was an expert coward too! The quivering little man had become a vital part of a scheme […]

PRISONER AT WAR

Issue Number: 4841
Prisoner At War

When his P47 Thunderbolt was shot down over Sicily, Major Mike Dante of the USAAF was caught by some passing Italian infantrymen. However, when Italy surrendered to Allied forces soon after, this particular unit were having none of it. They decided to wage their own guerrilla war against a vicious German panzer grenadier squad who […]

SNIPER ZONE

Issue Number: 4837
Sniper Zone

Salerno, Italy, 1943. Life as a sniper suited Lance-Corporal Eric Shaw. He had seen a lot of mates die after a couple of tragic accidents and now he had become a loner – guilty that he had survived when they hadn’t. His sharp-shooting skills improved with each day and he tried to help out any […]

THE DESPERATE HOURS

Issue Number: 4824
The Desperate Hours

“Old Soldiers never die,” was just another saying to Corporal Bill Curtis and Private Jack Hunt until that night they landed on an island to sabotage the huge guns threatening the Allied invasion forces. Then strange things began to happen. It all started when they met up with an officer of Napoleon’s Army – a […]

BRILLIANT DEATH

Issue Number: 4819
Brilliant Death

The Convict Commandos are not known to do things the conventional way. Titch Mooney, Jelly Jakes, Smiler Dawson and Guy Tenby – not forgetting their ruthless confederate Dr Jane Mallory – always get the jobs where conventional is not an option. Even by their standards, though, a boat chase through the centre of Venice was […]

RAMSEY’S RAIDERS: ITALIAN AMBUSH

Issue Number: 4815
Ramsey's Raiders: Italian Ambush

His superiors described Captain James Ramsey as unconventional. His enemies described him as a menace. His men described him as The Boss. No matter how he was characterised, though, the man was a fighting fury that no-one in their right mind would cross. Then a bunch of Italian guerrilla fighters did just that. Despite the […]

D-DAY DODGERS

Issue Number: 4781
D-Day Dodgers

In 1944 someone named the servicemen in Italy the D-Day Dodgers; as though somehow the war they were fighting was a cushy number compared to the battles in France. Outraged, one national newspaper decided to expose these loafers once and for all. That’s how reporter Perry Potter and his photographer Chalky White came to be […]