Tag Archives: Paratroops

Strike at Sundown

Issue Number: 5188

Sundown… sunrise… night or day… anytime was good enough for Corporal Tom Briscoe and the Red Devils to pitch into battle. They had their own special way of dealing with everything German, from an ordinary Wehrmacht private to the toughest tanks. And every one of them preferred fixing tanks. To them it seemed just about […]

Mission of No Return

Issue Number: 5104

Twickenham, Murrayfield or Cardiff Arms Park would have cheered them to the echo for their accurate passing. But it wasn’t a rugger ball the paratroopers passed to each other as they dashed across the German line of fire. It was a deadly bazooka shell – and they weren’t playing just to add a few points […]

BLOOD OF HEROES

Issue Number: 4960
Blood of Heroes

Sergeant Butch Walker was a veteran with 30 years of fighting service in the British Army – and now they said he was too old to fight. Boy soldier Jimmy Walker, Butch’s nephew, had barely one year of square-bashing to his credit. They said he was too young to fight. But no matter how hard […]

BREAK THROUGH!

Issue Number: 4892
Break Through

Time and after time, one British company outsmarted the Germans in Crete. If the Nazis planned a sneak-raid and began it five miles away, the British knew at once – and were ready for them. If a Stuka dive-bombing attack was decided on, they got into hiding an hour before it began. They knew exactly […]

ANOTHER TIGHT SPOT

Issue Number: 4882
Another Spot

Andy Leslie had known all along that he would have to face danger when he volunteered to serve with the Parachute Regiment. That had turned out to be the way of it, Andy battling his way clear from one tight spot after another with the famous Red berets. Nobody had ever warned him that he […]

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 […]

NO WAY BUT DOWN

Issue Number: 4866
No Way But Down

If you’re an army glider pilot. You’ve got a dodgy job – landing yourself and your troops in the teeth of anything the enemy throws at you. Hazardous at the best of times, it’s grimly suicidal when thick flak is coming up, the exploding shells chucking your frail Horsa all over the sky. If an […]

HERO’S BADGE

Issue Number: 4860
Hero's Badge

It was a jewelled armlet, a family coat of arms. It had been presented to the warrior de Marneys at Agincourt in 1415 by a grateful king and carried into battle by the family sons ever since. All the de Marneys were fighting furies who either conquered or died gloriously. Then came the Second World […]

FIT TO FIGHT

Issue Number: 4826
Fit To Fight

Massive doors set in a cliff face. Enemy submarines slinking in at night to their hidden lair…and slinking out again before dawn to go about their deadly business. This base could not be bombed or shelled, but it had to be destroyed. And the man to do it was a soldier sent home from the […]

DEADLY DROP

Issue Number: 4787
Deadly Drop

After a “friendly fire” incident cost the lives of his comrades, Private Ron Allan clashed violently with a fellow paratrooper, Corporal Alec Brown, the man he held responsible. Tensions were still high between them when, en route to a drop zone, history repeated itself. Alec’s Horsa glider smashed into Ron’s sending both spiralling downwards. Alec’s […]