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Commando 4815 – Ramsey’s Raiders: Italian Ambush
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Keith Page Cover: Ian Kennedy
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 snow, sparks would fly!
Commando 4816 – Operation Tinfish
Originally Commando No 150 (January 1965)
Story: Boutland Art: Cecil Rigby Cover: Ken Barr
Sinister shapes like prowling sharks — and just as dangerous — swim silently towards a German battleship. Total destruction is their aim.
And all the time hostile German eyes are marking the frogmen’s every move…
“The artist responsible for the inside work in this book, Cecil Rigby, was one of the original Commando cadre of illustrators,” notes Calum Laird, Commando Editor. “He started with Number Three and finished with Number 3272 — 146 books in just shy of 39 years, which is far from shabby.
“What isn’t clear from his Commando work is that he was a wickedly accurate caricaturist; his “portraits” of footballers graced many a newspaper. His art always had an old-fashioned style to it but this lends a period air to the stories and works very well here.
“The story is unusual with so much underwater action but it’s classic Commando and well merits its second airing. Dive straight into it!”
Commando 4817 – Battle In The Arctic
Story: George Low Art: Olivera Cover: Janek Matysiak
When a Liberator bomber carrying a group of high level military staff crash-landed in the icy wastes of Greenland, Lieutenant Alec Bartley and his squad of tough, mountain-trained Commandos were sent to find any survivors.
Alec and his team had the use of highly-manoeuvrable Aerosled vehicles to aid their search, but time was of the essence — an equally deadly German force was desperate to locate that downed aircraft first…
Commando 4818 – Smith V Schmidt
Originally Commando No 2351 (February 1990)
Story: Alan Hemus Art: Keith Shone Cover: Jeff Bevan
A sniper was usually good — or dead. There were no half measures, for the first mistake was usually his last. Tim Smith and Willi Schmidt were just learning their deadly trade on different sides, their classroom the battlefields of Normandy.
When their paths crossed the certainty grew that one of them must die — unless fate stepped in and lent a helping hand.
“When I read this book I was initially struck by its authenticity,” says Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor, “not just in terms of plot or setting but more so the specifics in the minutiae of what it must have really been like for a sniper during wartime. Imagine; the drills; discipline; isolation and sheer ruthlessness required, and what meeting these demands might do to a person psychologically.
“Then the Ed casually mentioned that author Alan Hemus had been a sniper himself!
“That gave a fresh meaning to the old adage, “Write what you know about…”
“However, budding Commando writers take note: previous military service is not compulsory.”
Alan, who died in 2009, also wrote for numerous DC Thomson titles and published several children’s novels as Print On Demand titles in his later years, illustrated by Keith Robson, including an American Civil War story, The Far Land, Once There Were Wolves, the magical fantasy These Old Stones (available free) and Night Walker (also free). Steve Holland has a detailed obituary to the author on Bear Alley here.
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