From the Wehrmacht's retreat through Russia to the Allied
advance on the Gothic Line, from the occupation of Germany
to the burning seas surrounding Europe, the graphic adventures
told in this collection will take you beyond history into
the visceral experience of mankind's greatest conflict...
an interesting collection of tales all of which attempt to
show a different side of the war. We go on patrol with a German
crew and their Tiger tank; hear the Ballad of the D-Day
Dodgers, who despite popular belief at the time, were
fighting just as hard in Italy; take some much needed (if
not authorised) R&R with the US 101st Airborne Division;
and travel onboard the good ship Nightingale as she
makes her run as one of the defenders of a supply convoy between
Britain and Russia.
first tale, Johann's Tiger, I originally thought was
a little too far fetched. Could one small group of German's
and their tank really out-gun, out-manoeuvre and out-think
several different small armies? It seemed very suspect. That
was until I read the afterword at the conclusion of this collection.
It would appear that the Tiger Tank was indeed a formidable
vehicle - one that was almost indestructible. I loved the
way that we are made to feel for the German soldiers - they,
like the Allied fighters, were only following their orders
and doing what they believed was right.
Dodgers is a bit of a depressing tale, and follows the
last hours of a group of men who are preparing for a battle
in Italy which they know will probably be their last. The
"D-Day Dodgers" refers to an alleged report that
during the war Lady Astor stood up in Parliament and accused
those fighting in Italy of being D-Day Dodgers - claiming
they were sitting out the war in Italy while the real fighting
was being done in France.
favourite story, simply because it wasn't as bleak as the
others, is the third one in this collection, Screaming
Eagles. This sees a number of soldiers enjoying a little
unexpected R&R at the expense of the Germans. They manage
to find an old manor house which is full to bursting with
art, fine food and wines. And, when they spot a group of beautiful
women next door - ones that are only too grateful to welcome
Allied troops - they look set to have the wildest time of
the war. There
is an amusing few panels with a naked soldier, an angry bull
and a minefield... but I really think you should discover
that for yourself.
final story, Nightingale, takes to the high seas as
we follow the crew of the Nightingale as they escort the supply
ships between Britain and Russia. It's a tale of heroism and
four stories have their own charm, and all are wonderfully
illustrated. This is certainly a collection that will make
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