Tag Archives: North Africa

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 […]

Higher! Higher! Higher!

Issue Number: 5073

It did not always matter if your aircraft was the fastest or had the most firepower, so long as you had the highest ceiling… Thought to have been retired after the Spanish Civil War, and reaching a staggering 39,000 feet, the Junkers Ju 86P was one such plane. It dominated the skies over the North […]

DEADLY TRIANGLE

Issue Number: 4954
Deadly Triangle

Shooting up unsuspecting British trucks in a captured Hurricane was just one of the dirty tricks played by Erich von Werner — a pilot hated by his own men as much as by the British. The feeling was mutual, particularly for Luftwaffe pilot Carl Lutz and Ted Bull of the R.A.F. — two men linked […]

THE GOLDEN GUN

Issue Number: 4948
The Golden Gun

A real hero’s gun. A Colt .45, the long barrel gleaming with gold plate, cunningly engraved. The butt of ivory, the whole weapon as perfectly balanced as a bird and on a hair trigger. Many a time cowboy film star Brad Landon had got himself out of a movie tight corner with a lightning draw […]

COWARD IN KHAKI

Issue Number: 4946
Coward In Khaki

Men’s characters don’t often change. If a man’s a crook in civilian life, he’ll probably be a crook in the army. That’s how it was with Vic Wardley. Everyone knew him to be a crook — and a coward as well. So why would an Intelligence Corps major single him out for a vital job […]

THE LOST ARMY

Issue Number: 4932
The Lost Army

Strange things happen in the African desert — especially in the “Region of Devils”. But these three lost L.R.D.G. soldiers had never seen anything as weird as this…being helped in their desperate mission by Persian soldiers straight from the pages of history 2000 years ago. “Prof”, Jack and Duncan didn’t know whether to be glad […]

BIPLANE ALLEY

Issue Number: 4929
Biplane Alley

Tom Wills was desperate for adventure and wanted to be a pilot during World War II. Unfortunately, his flying skills were not up to scratch and he ended up as a clerk in the Pay Corps. However, he seized upon the opportunity to join a ragtag group of flyers led by a maverick World War […]

KING OF THE SPITS

Issue Number: 4904
King Of The Spits

The letter read: “I, Count Ernst Von Steiger, the Red Arrow challenge the leader of this squadron to a personal duel at noon tomorrow. I shall be waiting at 16,000 feet at British Map Ref. 481609.” And just before noon a lone Spitfire took off. At the controls was young Mike Carson, the pilot they […]

CODEWORD – “TORCH”

Issue Number: 4888
Codeword - "Torch"

One man held the key to the operation called by the codeword – “TORCH” – the huge Allied invasion of North Africa. His name was Pete Macrory, a Canadian in the Royal Engineers – and nobody trusted him an inch. To find out why, and what made Pete tick in his own peculiar way, you […]

THE WRONG ENEMY

Issue Number: 4886
The Wrong Enemy

The Italians fighting in North Africa clashed not only with their British foes, but also with their German allies. Enzo Lanzini certainly wasn’t happy facing the advance of British armour across the desert, but he certainly was no coward either. It was just that he had seen the way the Nazis operated, and he had […]