COMMANDO RECENT ISSUES

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 Latest Commando titles with original issue number in brackets where applicable.

Updated: 17th May 2018

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THE WREN AND THE EAGLE

May 3rd 2018

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DAY OF DANGER

May 3rd 2018

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MUTINY ISLAND

May 3rd 2018

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MURDER IN THE CLOUDS

May 3rd 2018

THE HOME OF HEROES

THE GOLD COLLECTION

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For the Marshal family, the navy was in their blood. Roderick Marshall was a Rear Admiral; his son Norman was a Lieutenant… so it was only natural when his daughter signed up for the WRNS. Judith wanted to do her part for her country and fight against Germans in whatever way she could. But, one day in 1944, Judith would undergo her most dangerous mission: delivering a message to HMS Forward and dodging Do 217 shells as she sped to the coast.

The Luftwaffe ground crews standing around the German drome gazed upwards in amazement. There, above them, a Royal Air Force Mosquito was circling, undercarriage and flaps down, preparing to make a landing. It looked like a crafty trick of some kind – but no! The Mosquito touched down and rolled to a standstill. The pilot got out…

Haruki Murakami, of the Imperial Navy Air Service, and Josh Croydon, of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, dueled in the bright blue skies above the Pacific Ocean. The war was nearing its end, but Haruki’s Mitsubishi Zero Type 0 model 52 and Josh’s Vought F4U Corsair fought on like clashing eagles – until a crash sent them careering towards a small island. They were mortal enemies in the sky, but now stranded on a remote Pacific island teeming with ruthless pirates, they would have to learn to work together if they were to survive.

High over the Channel coasts of England and France, American and British pilots diced with death every day as they took on Hitler’s Luftwaffe. But then, as well as the losses they saw with their own eyes, other Allied planes began to be mysteriously shot down and a terrible thought occurred to the airmen. Could one of their comrades be a murderer?

Author: Heath Ackley

Author: Kenneth McOwan

Author: Shane Filler

Author: Ian Clark

Art: Morhain

Art: Gordon C. Livingstone

Art: Rezzonico

Art: Olivera

Cover: Neil Roberts

Cover: Gordon C. Livingstone

Cover: Ian Kennedy

Cover: Ian Kennedy

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TO WIN JUST ONCE

April 19th 2018

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BUFFALO PATROL

April 19th 2018

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THE TUNNELS OF ARRAS

April 19th 2018

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IN TROUBLE AGAIN

April 19th 2018

THE HOME OF HEROES

THE GOLD COLLECTION

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Defeat after defeat That was all the war seemed like to Private Jimmy Wilson. Defeat on the beaches of Gallipoli, defeat in the trenches at Ypres, and an endless daily game of tug of war – gaining, then losing ground again. A crumpled, dog-eared letter made things worse.

 

Harsh, disappointed words about the repeated ANZAC losses from his father stung Jimmy’s heart worse than any bullets could, pushing him to fight harder for his old man’s approval. As he stood, ready to attack Messines Ridge, all Jimmy wanted was… To Win Just Once.

The story of a grubby RAF mechanic who threw away his spanner and stole a Buffalo – to become a fighter ace!

 

By 1916, the Allies had taken a pounding at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Desperate to avoid more unnecessary casualties, a decision was made to embark on one of the largest and most ambitious tunnelling works ever undertaken by the British Army in the First World War, New Zealand diggers, coal miners and quarrymen, alongside contingents from the Maori Pioneer Battalion and New Zealand Tunnelling Company were drafted in to help excavate medieval tunnels in order to sneak up to the German front line.

 

This is the story of those who dug… The Tunnels of Arras.

Charlie Potter was a bright young teacher with aspirations of being sent to the Education Corps. Although he was toffee-nosed, he was a good bloke really. But every NCO and officer whose path he crossed was glad to see the back of him. Trouble – that was Charlie, a unanimous verdict.

 

So what did the army do? They promoted him and posted him around until he found himself on a remote Scottish island, a base for a hush-hush radio establishment. Now there really would be trouble on the grandest scale yet.

Author: Andrew Knighton

Author: DCT Staff

Author: Jason Colby

Author: Mike Knowles

Art: Vincente Alcazar

Art: Mira

Art: Carlos Pino

Art: CT Rigby

Cover: Neil Roberts

Cover: Ian Kennedy

Cover: Carlos Pino

Cover: Mike Dorey

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A TANK CALLED TEMPEST

April 5th 2018

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LOW-LEVEL ACE

April 5th 2018

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DANGER IN THE DARK

April 5th 2018

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THE WAITING GAME

April 5th 2018

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When an Australian, a Kiwi, a South African and an Englishman step into a tank – sparks are sure to fly! Lieutenant Ranald Booker had to write an article about cooperation between the Commonwealth nations.

But despite being confronted with fighting the Germans and Italians in North Africa, some troops were more interested in scrapping with each other. So Ranald had an idea to form a tank crew made up of a soldier from each Commonwealth country. But the question on everyone’s lips was… could they actually work together?

The other airmen in Pilot Officer Bob Tanner’s squadron reckoned Bob should have joined the Navy. Sometimes he flew his Beaufort so low over the North Sea that his crew thought they were in a submarine.

But that same crew would follow Bob anywhere and obey his every order, even when it meant fighting beside Norwegian partisans to sink a Nazi battleship and settle a score with a master spy.

After the conclusion of explosive events in ‘Danger in the Desert’, secret agent Ned Finch thought he had earned some well-deserved time off. But when he got it, he didn’t expect to be holidaying in Italian-occupied Abyssinia with the very person who he wanted to get away from in the first place – scientist, poet, long-distance runner and general pain in the neck for Ned, Ulysses ‘Danger’ Doyle.

Ned would soon learn with Danger around, life was going to be anything but quiet.

Pilot Officer Bob Barnes was bored. He’d joined the RAF hoping to be a fighter pilot, always in the thick of things. Yet, here he was, a navigator in a Catalina, searching the seemingly endless oceans for U-boats which they never seemed to find.

There was none of the action he’d craved, this was more of a waiting game. But one day the wait would be over and then it would be a different game…

Author: George Low

Author: CG Walker

Author: Stephen Walsh

Author: KP MacKenzie

Art: Jaume Forns

Art: CT Rigby

Art: Keith Page

Art: Jose Maria Jorge

Cover: Ian Kennedy

Cover: Union Studio

Cover: Keith Page

Cover: Ian Kennedy

 

 

 

 

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TOE TO TOE

March 22nd 2018

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THEY FLEW BY NIGHT

March 22nd 2018

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DOCTOR’S ORDERS

March 22nd 2018

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FOOLS’ GOLD

March 22nd 2018

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Trading one fighting field for another (of sorts), our Tommy heroes, Jake Reilly and Tony Parsons, may appear allies, but when they’re captured in North Africa and taken to an Italian POW camp, old feuds flare up. Bitter rivals, Reilly was a top striker (and penalty pusher), while Parsons was a hard-headed goalie for a rival team.

When the war broke out, they thought their playing days were over, but they were wrong…

J-for-Jig or J-for-Jinx? The RAF were notorious for their superstitions, but when one Lanc. bomber caused the death of every pilot who flew her, everyone agreed the aircraft was hoodoo.

Everyone, that is, except Titch Bradbury. A daring pilot, who was maybe just too cocksure. Titch didn’t believe in that tommyrot, and he’d prove it or die trying.

Captain Tom Stewart never thought he’d find himself stranded in Iraqi-occupied territory in Kuwait, bleeding internally, closer and closer to death each second. He never thought his only chance of survival would lie in the hands of US Navy Captain Doctor Jane Daly, or that she would save his life with the only tools at her disposal: a torch, a pen tube and a pen- knife.

It was going to be a long night…

Mike Barclay signed up to fight for his country – not cook for it! He only wanted to see combat, but after his squadron was attacked by Jerries, Mike was forced to flee with a group of Tommies led by Sid Blacke. Mike was in for another shock though, as he discovered Sid wasn’t leading them back to Allied lines – but to hidden treasure, buried deep in ruins in the North African desert.

Now, surrounded by deserters, with war crimes mounting, Mike’s chance of escape was dwindling, as friend and foe raced towards the fools’ gold!

Author: George Low

Author: DCT Staff

Author: Iain McLaughlin

Author: Anthony Knowles

Art: Morhain

Art: Gordon C Livingstone

Art: Manuel Benet

Art: Keith Shone

Cover: Janek Matysiak

Cover: Gordon C Livingstone

Cover: Manuel Benet

Cover: Ian Kennedy

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THE LAND ARMY MARCHES

March 8th 2018

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MISSION OF NO RETURN

March 8th 2018

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FLAK RUN!

March 8th 2018

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SOLDIERS FOR HIRE

March 8th 2018

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Deafening engines rumbled over a small farmhouse in Norfolk. It was not the hum of a healthy plane, and the listeners below knew a crash landing would be imminent. What they didn’t know, and what they dreaded, was whether the aircraft was theirs… or Jerry’s.

But, the next morning, when the four young workers of the Women’s Land Army began their morning chores, they found the downed plane and saw who had been aboard it…

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 to a score – but for their very lives…

Norway fell to a German invasion in 1940, and when they did, the Nazis gained access to a factory that could manufacture a component vital to the creation of nuclear weapons. The SOE and the RAF were in agreement, the factory must be flattened at all costs.

There was only one man for the job – only she wasn’t a man. Nancy Peacocke was regarded as one of the best female pilots in Britain. Her precision skill with an aircraft was exactly what the RAF needed to destroy the factory. But before she could drop the bomb, she had to get through the… Flak Run!

There was no turning back for joe Lane and Ian Benson. Fugitives from the British Army because of a moment of madness, they fled to Europe. It was 1936, and in Spain a savage civil war was raging. What better way to hide from justice than as hired soldiers in a foreign war?

But they soon found out they had chosen a hard and merciless way of escape!

Author: Iain McLaughlin

Author: A. Carney Allan

Author: Brent Towns

Author: Anthony Knowles

Art: Vicente Alcazar

Art: Martin Salvador

Art: Paolo Ongaro

Art: Keith Shone

Cover: Neil Roberts

Cover: Jordi Penalva

Cover: Ian Kennedy

Cover: Ian Kennedy

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INTO THE WIND

February 22nd 2018

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CLASH OF GIANTS

February 22nd 2018

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VIVA VILLA!

February 22nd 2018

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STRIKE FROM THE SEA

February 22nd 2018

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In 1944, a team of Commandos led by Captain Tom Wilson trekked through the dawn-lit Bialowieza Forest in Poland. The forest was quiet, but it felt like they were being watched by a presence in the woods.

Their mission was the extraction of a Polish scientists, a specialist in eugenics and a guest of ruthless Gruppenfuhrer Seigfried Klebb. As the Commandos marched, they took note of their surroundings, measuring each step and watching for the enemy. And yet, none of them saw the yellow eyes staring out from among the trees, as the stillness was broken by the howling of wolves echoing through the forest.

The British Cruiser tanks swarmed over the desert. As fine a show of armoured might as ever gladdened an infantry regiment who needed help.

But beneath the tank crews’ khaki uniforms beat Nazi hearts with nothing but hate in them. And soon the barrels of British guns would be turning on British troops…

With nothing but a Colt-Browning machine gun, a Winchester Repeating rifle and a six shooter, the Gomez brothers hardly stood a chance against the advancing Federal Cavalry. But, holed out in an abode hut, they swore they would defend the villagers of Puebla.

They fought for Pancho Villa. They fought for the revolution. They fought for the free people of Mexico!

Before the war, Lieutenant Steve Pitt had been a fisherman off the east coast of England. The boat-handling skills he had learned then were perfect training for what he was doing now – leading hit-and-run raids from the sea to strike at the southern defences of Nazi-held Europe.

But hard and dangerous as his days as a fisherman had been, nobody had ever fired at him with murder in mind. And that’s exactly what was happening now as the Nazi defenders increased their vigilance…

Author: Jim & David Turner

Author: A. Carney Allan

Author: Richard Davis

Author: Roger Sanderson

Art: Rezzonico & Morhain

Art: Bellalta

Art: Carlos Pino

Art: C. T. Rigby

Cover: Janek Matysiak

Cover: Ian Kennedy

Cover: Carlos Pino

Cover: Phil Gascoine

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SEIZED AT THE SOMME

February 8th 2018

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AND EVERYWHERE THAT CASEY WENT…

February 8th 2018

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SINGAPORE STRIKE!

February 8th 2018

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THE SAPPERS

February 8th 2018

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In September 1914, young men in their thousands flocked to army recruitment offices all over Britain, ready to do their bit. Among those answering the call to arms was a builder from Newcastle named Billy Osgood. But when he arrived in France, the conditions were tougher than anything he had ever encountered and the fighting was brutal. Billy’s squad managed to capture a battered section, but the Germans’ swift counter-attack saw them woefully outnumbered.

The enemies’ voices cried “hande hoch” and Billy was Seized at the Somme.

The Military policeman stood ankle-deep in the snow at the crossroads in the Ardennes. Their uniforms, their slouch, and the constant motion of their jaws as they chewed gum marked them clearly as Americans. And that’s just exactly what any who saw them were meant to think.

But those “Yanks” were in fact crack Nazi troops in disguise, all planning to bring off the biggest shock of the war…

With his Scrawny, bony frame, people often underestimated Fred Burton. But when two East London thugs took him for an easy target – they got a nasty surprise in the shape of a punch, kick and wallop from a Chinese sailor experienced in the art of Shaolin Kung Fu.

After that, Fred became obsessed with martial arts, travelling to Singapore to train in the Far East. But 1942 was a dangerous time to be in Singapore, and the Japanese Army was closing in…

We Call them the Royal Engineers but they began as the Royal Sappers and Miners. And one of their original jobs was to dig ‘saps’ – dark, dangerous tunnels which stretched far under enemy lines. Pack a picked spot with explosives and bang went a target in a spectacular explosion.

They were still practicing this lethal trade in the First World War when Martin Clark, an expert sapper, was chosen to carry out a very special mission. He never guessed that he would still be trying to succeed in the Second World War…

Author: Ferg Handley

Author: Gerry Finley-day

Author: George Low

Author: Roger Sanderson

Art: Morhain

Art: Aguilar

Art: Keith Page

Art: Keith Shone

Cover: Ian Kennedy

Cover: Jordi Penalva

Cover: Janek Matysiak

Cover: Ian Kennedy

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