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"Haunted Tank: "Slow Death in a Quick War!"": Jeb Stuart, standing on the banks of a river, throws a grappling hook into the water. The corpse-like figure of panzer commander Vullko grabs the hook and rises from the water. He asks Jeb why he didn't let him drown, as Jeb already killed him once.


Quote1 We tankmen fire at rolling steel! We forget that men of flesh and blood are broken... incinerated... our agonized cries smothered in flame... inside our steel tombs! Quote2
Lt. Jeb Stuart

G.I. Combat #245 is an issue of the series G.I. Combat (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1982.

Appearing in Haunted Tank: "Slow Death in a Quick War!"

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  • Panzer Commander Vullko
  • German Artillery soldiers

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  • Kurst the Gypsy
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Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "Slow Death in a Quick War!"

Jeb Stuart, standing on the banks of a river, throws a grappling hook into the water. The corpse-like figure of panzer commander Vullko grabs the hook and rises from the water. He asks Jeb why he didn't let him drown, as Jeb already killed him once. Vullko extends his scarred hand to Jeb and asks him to take it, but Jeb is too repulsed to touch him.

Jeb thoughts flash back to days before his current situation. He was ordered to take out a German tank that was inflicting heavy losses on traffic on the crossroad below Graveyard Hill. Arriving at the hill he sees all the devastation on the road. He decides to sneak around behind the tank to they can attack where the armor is thinnest. The panzer crew is caught unaware by a direct hit from behind. The tank is engulfed in flames and rolls down the hill. The crew manages to escape the deathtrap but is burned and scarred from the fire.

Some wandering gypsies find the panzer crew lying unconscious. They decide to take them and heal them to use a freak show. The ghoul-like crew kills the gypsies and search for their tank. Upon finding it they begin a campaign of devastation that won't end until they find the tank with the Confederate banner.

Days later, the Haunted Tank is ordered eliminate a panzer massacring infantry attempting a river crossing. They arrive to find the enemy tank and destroy it, sending it into the water below. Jeb sees the commander's face and recognizes him from their earlier encounter. Time moves back to the present, and the panzer commander grabs Jeb and tries to drown him in the river. Jebs pleas to his humanity. The panzer commander finally releases Jeb and slips beneath the water.

Appearing in "A Soldier's Secret Friend"

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  • U.S. Army G.I.

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  • Japanese Army soldiers

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  • Unnamed Pacific island

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  • U.S. Army M36 pistol belt

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Synopsis for "A Soldier's Secret Friend"

Equipment such as a pistol belt can often taken for granted, but one soldier in the Pacific learns that it can save his life.

Appearing in "The Easy Way!"

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  • U.S. Army Ranger sergeant
  • U.S. Army Ranger soldiers

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  • German Army Panzerkampfwagen IV

Synopsis for "The Easy Way!"

Four U.S. Army Rangers are on a mission to blow up the only bridge over the Haute river that German tanks can cross. In order to get to their target the Rangers will have to climb and cross difficult terrain, although their sergeant tells them their route is the easy way. When they reach the rushing river their sergeant says it will carry them to the bridge and jumps in. They lose sight of him and think the currents have taken him under, so they decide to follow a trail instead thinking it will be easier.

The Rangers spot the bridge and think they have safely made it to their target. However they spot a destroyed German tank, and thinking it might be a ruse they throw a grenade at the tank. As the ground around the tank starts exploding they realize that they have walked into a minefield. They run towards the river and when they think they escaped the minefield they are blown up by a mine.

The next scene shows German tanks crossing the bridge when it collapses and sends the tanks hurtling towards the river. The sergeant had made it to the bridge and planted to the explosives. He wonders what happened to the other men when he spots their bodies floating in the river. The easy way turned out to be hard...

Appearing in OSS: "Blood of an Emperor"

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  • Protective anti-sub nets and their mines

Synopsis for OSS: "Blood of an Emperor"

Kana is being court-martialed for his failure to kill Emperor Hirohito on his last mission. Kana recounts the details of his mission for the court. He was transported by sub to Tokyo harbor. After being dropped off by the sub he was spotted by two enemy frogmen, but he was able to eliminate them easily. On a deserted dock he is spotted by Japanese soldiers, but again he is able to eliminate them with ease. He dons his Japanese major disguise and heads for the imperial palace.

Kana enters the palace until he finds a vantage point over the garden. He prepares his sniper rifle an observes the emperor. As he prepares to pull the trigger he realizes he cannot not kill his emperor. He aborts his mission and attempts to leave the palace. He is spotted by guards who fail to detain him, but sound the alarm. As he arrives at the dock in a car soldiers waiting for him at the end of the dock start shooting at him. He drives the car of the dock and into the water.

Based on his testimony the court finds Kana guilty and sentences him to a life sentence of hard labor. However, as he is Japanese the court asks him to suggest a suitable punishment. The only way he can atone is by hara kiri. Just as he is about to plunge the blade into his body it is shot and snapped by Control. He informs Kana that MacArthur has declared that the emperor is not to be harmed.

Appearing in Haunted Tank: "You Have to Be Crazy-- To Be a Tankman!"

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  • Unnamed American Colonel

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Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "You Have to Be Crazy-- To Be a Tankman!"

The crew of the Haunted Tank is at their HQ receiving decorations from a colonel. As the colonel pins the decoration on Sgt. Craig he recognizes him from their time together in World War I. The colonel feels that at his age Craig and time served he should have a comfortable desk job. The colonel orders his transfer and Craig reluctantly follows orders.

Sgt. Craig has trouble adjusting to his new post at division HQ. He's speaking to the colonel when artillery fire hits the building. Further artillery attacks kill the crews as they attempt to reach their tanks. Craig is the only tankman left, so he jumps into one of the tanks and heads down the road to meet the German force. He disables two tanks with the .75, then mans the .50 turret gun to take out the advancing infantry. The next day Craig is back with his crew on the Haunted Tank, having conviced the colonel he was crazy enough to be a tankman.

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