"Once More Unto the Breach": It is June, 1944 the well known and reputed British commando unit the Rifle Brigade are assign in as of unknown, covert mission during a bombing mission over the German capital Berlin. The Brigade is led by Capt. Hugo "Khyber" Darcy, his Second Lieutenant Cecil "
Adventures in the Rifle Brigade #1 is an issue of the series Adventures in the Rifle Brigade (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 2000.
Synopsis for "Once More Unto the Breach"
It is June, 1944 the well known and reputed British commando unit the Rifle Brigade are assign in as of unknown, covert mission during a bombing mission over the German capital Berlin. The Brigade is led by Capt. Hugo "Khyber" Darcy, his Second Lieutenant Cecil "Doubtful" Milk, alleged largest man in England Sergeant Crumb, criminal-on-waiver Corporal Geezer, Hank the Yank (the only American in the team), and Darcy's taciturn Scottish servant The Piper. The Brigade, after being enthrall by Piper's bagpipes which causes a pilot to hear in agony, parachute down.
On the ground the Rifle Brigade ambush a group of drunken German soldiers and steal their uniforms for disguise (which goes noticeably to the readers). They are then confronted by a SS patrol who had heard their gunshots. The Brigade bluff their way and nearly goes without incident. Unfortunately, one of the SS soldiers sees through when he sees that Sergeant Crumbs' uniform epaulette are incorrectly positioned. The Brigade quickly dispatch the SS and commandeer a Volkswagen.
Across town, the illustrious Panzer Commander Oberst Flaschmann is having a night on the town with two beautiful ladies. He gives them a ride on his tank across Berlin. Meanwhile, at the same time, the Rifle Brigade are lost in the city and inadvertently crash into Oberst Flaschmann's tank. Flaschmann recognizes them as Englishmen as they drive on the left side of the road and hold them up at gunpoint with his tank's cannon.
As the Brigade being taken prisoner, Doubtful Milk is fearful that they are likely to be shot as legitimate spies in which he is corrected by the arrival of Hauptman Venkschaft, an officer of the Gestapo. Venkschaft tells the Rifle Brigade that they will be tortuously interrogate for British Intelligence on the "Second Front": the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Appearing in "Once More Unto the Breach"
- Piper's Bagpipes
- Avro Lancaster
- Volkswagen Kübelwagen
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade is a three-issue limited series published under DC's Vertigo imprint.
- This issue is reprinted in the Adventures in the Rifle Brigade trade paperback.
- Cover gallery for the Adventures in the Rifle Brigade series
- Images from Adventures in the Rifle Brigade Vol 1 1
Links and References
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade series index at the Grand Comics Database
- The real-world Rifle Brigade at Wikipedia
- Garth Ennis biography page at Wikipedia