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"Haunted Tank: "The Breaking Point!"": The synopsis for this issue has not yet been written.


Quote1 Slim! Gus! Rick! Come back! You can't desert in the face of the enemy! Don't force me to shoot you! Quote2
Lt. Jeb Stuart

G.I. Combat #223 is an issue of the series G.I. Combat (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 1980.

Appearing in Haunted Tank: "The Breaking Point!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • German Artillery soldiers
  • German pilot (Dies)
  • German Infantry soldiers

Other Characters:

  • American Infantry soldiers
  • American paratroopers
  • American pilot

Locations:

Items:

  • M1911 pistol

Vehicles:

  • The Haunted Tank
  • German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer tank
  • German Panzerkampfwagen III
  • German Panzerkampfwagen V Panther
  • German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aircraft
  • American Douglas C-47 Skytrain
  • German Volkswagen Kübelwagen car

Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "The Breaking Point!"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Appearing in OSS: "Death is a Handful of Pennies"

Featured Characters:

  • Agent "Daniel"

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Colonel Feldner
  • German Infantry soldiers

Other Characters:

  • Heloise
  • R.A.F. Wing Commander Forsythe
  • French Maquis soldiers

Locations:

Items:

  • Parachute
  • Super radio magnetic pennies

Vehicles:

  • British de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito plane
  • German staff car

Synopsis for OSS: "Death is a Handful of Pennies"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Winged Warrior"

Featured Characters:

  • Private Lester
  • Unnamed Infantry sergeant

Villains:

  • Japanese Infantry soldiers

Other Characters:

  • American Infantry colonel
  • American Signal Corps soldiers

Locations:

  • Unnamed Island, Pacific Ocean

Items:

  • Peanut, the carrier pigeon

Vehicles:

  • American GMC CCKW truck

Synopsis for "Winged Warrior"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Haunted Tank: "Stand-Off on the Sahara!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • American Artillery captain "Skipper"
  • American radio operator

Locations:

Items:

  • Flare gun
  • German light howitzer cannon

Vehicles:

  • The Haunted Tank
  • German Panzerkampfwagen II tank
  • German Panzerkampfwagen IV tank
  • German Maultier half-track truck

Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "Stand-Off on the Sahara!"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Other Side of War"

Featured Characters:

  • Private Johnny Bryans

Supporting Characters:

  • American Marine sergeant

Villains:

  • Viet Cong soldier (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • American Marines
  • American Huey crew (All die)

Locations:

Items:

  • Claymore mines
  • M26 grenade
  • Canteen

Vehicles:

  • American Bell UH-1 "Huey" transport helicopter
  • American Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber

Synopsis for "The Other Side of War"

It's Private Johnny Bryan's first patrol with Delta Company. Their mission is to lay claymore mines on the Ho Chi Minh trail used by the Viet Congs. They are dropped off and deployed in an open field, and just as the chopper begins to lift off it destroyed by enemy fire. Johnny is stunned by the explosion, but the Sarge tells not to worry and keep moving. The company head for the cover of the jungle which closes in around them. The men are unable to see a thing in the thick jungle, and the enemy surprises them from under camouflage. Many in the company are killed in the first barrage of bullets. The Sarge orders his men to "frag 'em", throwing fragmentation grenades into the brush towards the direction of enemy fire. Then, and explosion hits right in the middle of the company, killing many more of the men and knocking Johnny to the ground.

When Johnny comes to, he finds himself at the end of the barrel belonging to a young female Viet Cong soldier. She tells him that everyone in his company is dead, and that he is now her prisoner. She orders him to walk, keeping her rifle to bear on him at all times. After a long walk through the hot jungle, they stop for a rest and the woman offers Johnny her canteen to drink. Suddenly, they spot a B-52 bomber appear above them, flying over and dropping its bombs on their location. Johnny screams to hit the dirt, throwing his body on top of the young woman to shield her from the explosion and debris. The cling to each other, sharing the same agonizing breath, and the ground around them explodes in hellish flame. Finally, the B-52 finishes it's daily drop and the jungle becomes silent once again. Johnny and the Viet Cong woman get up, and Johnny then notices that he is wounded in the arm. The woman is surprised that Johnny risked his life and even spilled his own blood to protect her. She smiles at him, realizing that he is no "devil" and lets him go free. But just as the woman begins to walk away, the Sarge and his men appear from nowhere out of the jungle. The Sarge spots her and immediately fires, killing the woman before Johnny can stop him. Johnny is furious, attacking the Sarge like a wild man. The others pulls Johnny off of Sarge, believing that the ambush has made him flip and that he can't tell the difference between friend or foe. But Johnny can tell. Cradling the woman's dead body in his arms, he sees her not as an enemy, but as a human being.

Appearing in Haunted Tank: "Traitor Tank"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • German Panzer commander (Dies)
  • German Artillery soldiers (All die)

Other Characters:

  • American Military police officer "Charles"
  • American Infantry soldiers
  • American Military Police

Locations:

Items:

  • M1 bazooka

Vehicles:

  • The Haunted Tank
  • German Sturmpanzer IV tanks
  • German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aircraft
  • American Willys MB Jeep

Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "Traitor Tank"

The Haunted Tank slowly rolls through the dense fog towards a group of G.I.s known as "Dog" Company, who have been pinned down and trapped by the Germans. Unknown to the G.I.s, the Haunted Tank is a decoy, loaded with explosives, followed by three German Panzers. The German commander warns Jeb that their tank is booby-trapped, and if he so much as cries out to warn anyone they will be blown to bits by remote control. Jeb is powerless, caught between saving himself and his crew, and the G.I.s ahead of them. The ghost of General J.E.B. Stuart appears before him out of the fog, but offers him little help. His ancestor tells him that it's a command decision, and he's in command.

Jeb thinks back to how they managed to get into this mess. It all started with a letter the Rick received - a "Dear John" letter informing him that his girlfriend back home has found someone else closer and wants to break up. Rick had went into town, but in his grief picked a fight with a couple of MPs. Rick is arrested for disorderly conduct. The Haunted Tank has been given new orders for their patrol, and Jeb arrives just as the MPs are escorting Rick to their jeep. Jeb explains that he needs Rick for their patrol, and without thinking of the consequences punches the first MP in the jaw. Rick follows, taking out the second MP holding him. Jeb and Rick run off before anything else can happen. Back on board the tank, Rick apologizes for getting Jeb into trouble, but Jeb tells him not to worry about it. They'll deal with the court-martial later.

Some time later, the tank is attacked by a German fighter plane. Slim gives the tank full gas and heads for cover, while Rick and Gus try to nail the plane with their firepower. The plane turns to make another pass at them. Rick takes careful aim, pretending that the pilot of the plane is the man who stole his girl. He shoots the plane dead center, sending it spiraling down into the trees. They get out of the area as quick as possible in case the pilot was able to radio for help. But then, shells explode around them, releasing gas that knocks out Jeb and his crew.

Jeb and the others come to later to find themselves under siege by three Panzer tanks. Their commander informs them that the Haunted Tank is booby-trapped, and that they have been completely disarmed. Jeb follows the German commander's orders, buying time until their chance to strike back. Slim steers the Haunted Tank down the road, followed closely by the three Panzers, towards the position of "Dog" Company. Jeb desperately tries to think of a way out, and the General's ghost appears again to tell him that he's in command and it's his decision. Jeb then makes a split-second decision. Slim slams the tank into full reverse, sending it heading back at full speed towards the lead Panzer. The German commander can't fire onto the tank because of the explosives inside, and the Haunted Tank slams into the front of the lead Panzer. Upon contact, Jeb leaps onto the German's tank and attacks the Commander. He grabs the man's pistol and fires into the tank, killing the Panzer's crew. Slim, Rick and Gus quickly climb aboard the Panzer and take control before the other two Panzer's can react. Rick fires the cannon, taking out one of the Panzers. Unable to get their turret around in time, the final Panzer has moves up in position to destroy them. Then, the final Panzer explodes in a burst of flame and debris! Jeb is stunned when, as the smoke clears, he can see an American jeep from behind armed with a bazooka to save the day. The jeep pulls up next to him, and the two MPs that Jeb and Rick had fought with earlier get out and approach them. Jeb surrenders, but the MPs just laugh and tell them to forget it. After seeing how they fight, they can do more damage up front to the Germans than under arrest in the stockade. Besides, one of the MPs had recently gotten a "Dear John" letter himself, and knows how it can make a man crazy!

Notes

  • Page 45 contains a one page "Famous Fighting Outfits" profile on the 82nd Airborne Division, the "All-American 82nd", from their early days stationed out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina through their relief by Canadian troops at the end of World War II. Written by Murray Boltinoff.

Trivia

  • In this issues "Let's Make Tracks" letter page, there is a short true story of a soldier who couldn't hit any target who, when told to "go shoot himself", came back unharmed because "he missed again".



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