"Last Performance!": During a scouting detail in the Belgian countryside, Bert Brown and Eddie Marsh liken their assignment to their former Vaudeville acrobat act — warming up the audience for the headliners to follow. Eddie sees a flash of light from a farmhouse and the pair investigate. Enteri
Our Army at War #1 is an issue of the series Our Army at War (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1952.
- 1 Synopsis for "Last Performance!"
- 2 Appearing in "Last Performance!"
- 3 Synopsis for "Dig Your Foxholes Deep!"
- 4 Appearing in "Dig Your Foxholes Deep!"
- 5 Synopsis for "Radar Feet!"
- 6 Appearing in "Radar Feet!"
- 7 Synopsis for "SOS Seabees!"
- 8 Appearing in "SOS Seabees!"
- 9 Notes
- 10 See Also
- 11 Links and References
Synopsis for "Last Performance!"
During a scouting detail in the Belgian countryside, Bert Brown and Eddie Marsh liken their assignment to their former Vaudeville acrobat act — warming up the audience for the headliners to follow. Eddie sees a flash of light from a farmhouse and the pair investigate. Entering the house using an acrobatic entrance performed in St. Louis, the pair are attacked by the German patrol hiding inside. The former acrobats use their performance skills to neutralize their foes with relative ease. Just as they finish and take a bow, their sergeant arrives and chides them for their levity.
Appearing in "Last Performance!"
Synopsis for "Dig Your Foxholes Deep!"
Late at night on an island in the Pacific, an Army sergeant orders his men to remain quiet at all costs until morning to keep their position secret. During the night, the soldiers are taunted by the enemy. When a grenade lands in a foxhole, one of the soldiers uses his helmet hoping to quiet the explosion and dies. Japanese scouts attack the remaining soldier in the foxhole and are eventually killed. The soldier dies from a stab wound just as the sun rises. The sergeant arrives to check the fighting positions, unaware that the men have died.
Appearing in "Dig Your Foxholes Deep!"
- An unnamed island in the Pacific Ocean
Synopsis for "Radar Feet!"
In February 1943, B Company is pinned down by German forces in the Kasserine Pass. During the fighting, Lem "Kentuck" Elkins is scolded by his sergeant for removing his boots. When the unit makes its escape, Elkins's boots are shot full of holes, causing the young soldier to fall behind. He soon spots a Nazi machine gun nest. After Elkins and his sergeant neutralize the machine gun nest, the unit rests. Elkins picks up a stray dog to the chagrin of the sergeant once the unit begins moving again. With the German Afrika Korps behind them, they soon arrive at a mine field. Elkins, unaware the unit has stopped, inadvertently leads the unit out of the mine field. The Germans purse the Americans and are blown up by the mine field, unaware that the area was dangerous. His fellow soldiers initially attribute his good fortune to having "radar feet," but Elkins says he was only following orders to keep moving.
Appearing in "Radar Feet!"
- Private First Class Lem "Kentuck" Elkins
- Unnamed German Afrika Korps soldiers
- Unnamed US Army soldiers
- Kasserine Pass
Synopsis for "SOS Seabees!"
An island in the South Pacific has been supposedly cleared of Japanese forces. Pete, a US Marine, pokes fun at his brother Joey, a US Navy Seabee assigned to build an aircraft landing strip on the island. Pete's unit is attacked by Japanese soldiers, who manage to destroy their tanks. The unit regroups to halt the attacks but are soon pinned down by sniper fire. Joey arrives, driving his bulldozer, and helps clear out the snipers. Upon approaching a cave, the unit is attacked again. Joey climbs to the top of the ledge on top of the cave and uses a jackhammer to trap the enemy insurgents under rubble. Soon afterward, the remnants of Japanese opposition use the Marines' own foxholes to outflank and attack. Joey thwarts the attack when he uses a crane to pin the enemy forces under sheets of steel field matting to be used for building the landing strip. The Marines ask how they can repay Joey for his help, and he responds by saying they can help the Seabees rebuild the airstrip.
Appearing in "SOS Seabees!"
- An unnamed island in the South Pacific
- The humor strip "Private Diary" appears between the first and second stories.
- The letter column "Combat Corner" first appears in this issue, between the third and fourth stories. Letters appearing in this installment are from combat veterans who had been sent advance copies.
- The writer and artist credits come from Julius Schwartz's editorial records.