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Commando’s commemoration of the Great War Armistice concludes with the final two Weekes’ War stories

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Commando has been running World War One stories for the duration of November in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which stopped the fighting. The highlight of this has been the sequence of five connected stories under the title of “The Weeke’s War” with issue 5173 featuring Danny Weekes, issue 5175 featuring Michael Weekes and issue 5177 featuring Billy Weekes.

The final two issues of the story of the Weekes’ family during World War One are now available featuring Harriet and Tommy Weekes.

Commando 5179: Home of Heroes: Harriet’s War
Commando 5179: Home of Heroes: Harriet’s War
Issue 4 of “The Weekes’ War”
Story: Andrew Knighton | Art: Khato | Cover: Ian Kennedy

In the dark, the cries of the wounded men on the front line echoed, their hoarse voices calling for the ‘angels on wheels’ to come save them. One such angel was Harriet Weekes, an ambulance driver in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. As the fourth and only female Weekes sibling, Harriet had joined up to do her part in the war just like her brothers. Some said she was reckless. Some said she drove like a bat out of Hades. But when there were people who needed her help, she was an angel on wheels.

Commando 5180: Gold Collection: Father and Son
Commando 5180: Gold Collection: Father and Son
Story: CG Walker | Art: Carmona | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando 1530 (July 1981), reprinted 2875 (August 1995)

For many generations, there had been a Count von Regenskirch in the German Army. This duty had passed from father to son – but then, during the First World War, the Count was killed and his small son disappeared.

But that child was not dead. Grown to manhood, he now stood proudly in military uniform. But it was the wrong uniform, the wrong country, and he was now fighting against Germany. What strange twist of fate had caused this mystery?

Commando 5181: Action and Adventure: Tommy’s War
Commando 5181: Action and Adventure: Tommy’s War
Issue 5 of “The Weekes’ War”
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Art: Defeo & Morhain | Cover: Ian Kennedy

November 11th, 1918. Armistice.

The war was over… or so most thought, but some still held to the regime of battle, and kept a tight hold of their prisoners.

All the Weekes family wanted was to be together again, but Tommy lay far away on the other side of the shrapnel filled fields of No Man’s Land. It was all or nothing, and the Weekes family would do anything to get Tommy back!

Commando 5182: Silver Collection: Battling Boneshakers
Commando 5182: Silver Collection: Battling Boneshakers
Story: KP MacKenzie | Art: Gordon C Livingstone | Cover: Janek Matysiak
Originally Commando 2906 (November 1995)

They were “wood-and-wire wonders”, these early aircraft of World War One – hard enough to fly, let alone fight in! To make things worse for the pilots of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps, the enemy were quick enough to perfect a gun that fired successfully through the propeller arc of their Fokker Eindeckers.

Men like Gus Mathieson had their work cut out to survive – even using their puny pistols until a British gun could be developed to counter the “Fokker Scourge”.

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