Tag Archives: Paratroops

Hold the Bridge!

Issue Number: 5358

These were Captain Robert Sutton’s orders as he and his men parachuted into enemy‑held territory in Algeria. It was a race against time, for the Nazis were equally determined to destroy the bridge. Luck went against the British paratroops. Firstly they had been forced to fight all the way, and now when it seemed they […]

The Paras Are Here!

Issue Number: 5282

Sergeant Joe Cougan was a tough Para who had seen a lot of action and who didn’t suffer fools gladly. Which was unfortunate for Private Andy Bruce, a clumsy youngster whom Cougan considered the world’s biggest fool. Sergeant Sam Gleeson tried in vain to get his arch-rival Cougan to give Andy a break. But there […]

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 […]

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 […]