"Doom Over Easy!": This story is reprinted from Our Army at War #107.
Our Army at War #216 is an issue of the series Our Army at War (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1970. It was published on December 18, 1969.
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- 2 Appearing in "Doom Over Easy!"
- 3 Synopsis for "Silver Star for a Tin Can!"
- 4 Appearing in "Silver Star for a Tin Can!"
- 5 Synopsis for "Last On a Match!"
- 6 Appearing in "Last On a Match!"
- 7 Synopsis for "Unknown G.I.!"
- 8 Appearing in "Unknown G.I.!"
- 9 Synopsis for "Return to Beach Red!"
- 10 Appearing in "Return to Beach Red!"
- 11 Synopsis for "Introducing - - The Haunted Tank!"
- 12 Appearing in "Introducing - - The Haunted Tank!"
- 13 Synopsis for "Chaeronaea"
- 14 Appearing in "Chaeronaea"
- 15 See Also
- 16 Recommended Reading
- 17 Links and References
Synopsis for "Doom Over Easy!"
This story is reprinted from Our Army at War #107.
When Everett, a new recruit has a close call when a Nazi grenade goes off next to him, he becomes shell shocked. Although Rock is concerned about his condition, he allows him to continue fighting. Everett begins to have premonitions of whoever Rock sends out for solo missions not coming back from their missions, and demand that he takes their place.
When both Buster, and Ice Cream Soldier fall in battle, the Joe's in Easy Co. begin to wonder if Everette really can see the future. In order to get his men out of this line of thinking, Rock goes on the next mission alone. However he finds that Everette has tagged along with him.
When snipping a barbed wire fortification across a stretch of water, Everette sets off a booby trap and is knocked out, alerting an Nazi patrol to check it out. Rock feigns death, until the Nazi's get close enough for him to take them out with a grenade. He succeeds in doing so, and returns to Easy Co. with the injured Everette, proving to them that Everette's "pictures" of the future was sheer paranoia.
Appearing in "Doom Over Easy!"
Synopsis for "Silver Star for a Tin Can!"
This story is reprinted from Our Fighting Forces #33.
Appearing in "Silver Star for a Tin Can!"
Synopsis for "Last On a Match!"
This story is reprinted from G.I. Combat #77.
Appearing in "Last On a Match!"
- WWI Veteran
- Korean War veteran
- Korean People's Army
Synopsis for "Unknown G.I.!"
This story is reprinted from Our Fighting Forces #41.
Appearing in "Unknown G.I.!"
- Crossroads X-8
- Panther Tank
Synopsis for "Return to Beach Red!"
This story is reprinted from Our Fighting Forces #11.
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- Appearances not yet listed
Synopsis for "Introducing - - The Haunted Tank!"
This story is reprinted from G.I. Combat #87.
An American M-3 tank, nicknamed the "Jeb Stuart" after the famous Confederate cavalry leader, is being hurled towards a deep ravine during a battle with a much larger and more powerful German Tiger tank. They topple into the ravine, the concussion knocking the four soldiers within unconscious. But as the Tiger looms over them from the top of the ravine, ready to give the final death blow, the American tank's turret mysteriously traverses and fires at point-blank rage into the Tiger. The Tiger is destroyed.
Shortly after, the crew of the "Jeb Stuart" - their leader Jeb Stuart Smith, the gunner Rick, his assistant Arch, and the driver Slim - regain consciousness. As they bring their tank back out of the ravine, they are stunned and confused as to how they survived the battle, and as to who could have fired the shot that destroyed the Tiger. Nevertheless, they continue on towards their mission to silence the enemy 88s that have been pounding the infantry nearby. Jeb ponders the idea of a "guardian angel" that's helping them, and remembers back to his childhood of idolizing his namesake, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. He would play cavalry with his best friends the Halsey cousins, Rick, Slim and Arch, and even back then he had always felt that someone was watching over him. When the war broke out, the four friends had enlisted together, underneath the great statue of his hero J.E.B. Stuart that stood in the center of their town. When the four had arrived in France are were given their first tank - an M-3 Stuart - Jeb named it after his hero and for the first time felt that he was fulfilling a destiny that had been laid out for him.
The "Jeb Stuart" continues on towards Sector Y-4 where it meets up with a squadron of American tanks, all M26 Pershings which tower over the little Stuart tank. The crews of the bigger tanks make fun of the "Jeb Stuart", and both Rick and Arch get angry and want to fight it out with the loudmouths. The commander of the squadron orders Jeb to take his tank to the rear, lacking confidence that the little M-3 can stand up to a German 88. Before the squadron can reach their targets, they are attacked by German planes from above. The tanks are easy targets for the German planes and are quickly destroyed, all except the "Jeb Stuart" in the far rear. As the planes ready for another pass to finish the job, Jeb opens fire with his machine gun. They are no match for the planes and are unable to get enough elevation on their turret to take a good shot at them. However, the planes fly over them without attacking, disappearing into the sky. Jeb is perplexed as to why they were spared, but his confusion is short-lived when he hears the German 88s open fire on their location. The "Jeb Stuart" is able to avoid the shells, and Jeb orders Slim to take the tank over the edge of a steep embankment and into the nearby shallow river. The German 88s watch as the little tank tumbles over the embankment, and believe them to be finished. They cease their attack.
Miraculously, the "Jeb Stuart" lands in the river right-side up and undamaged. Meanwhile, the Germans turn their attention onto the American infantry. Jeb orders his tank full speed out of the river and towards the battle before the infantry can be destroyed, hoping to surprise the Germans. They enter the nearby town, but are quickly spotted by one of the German tanks. The "Jeb Stuart" barrels through the walls of the buildings, hoping that the Tiger tank will be too big to crash through to follow. They then sneak up behind the other Germans and open fire. They are able to destroy two of the enemy tanks, but are then pinned in an alleyway between two Tigers. As the enemy open fire, Slim quickly turns the tank into the wall and crashes through. The enemy shots miss their tank and they end up destroying each other in the crossfire. With one Tiger tank left, Jeb orders Slim to take their little tank up a pile of rubble and debris and are able to climb onto the roof of a nearby building. With the advantage of the "high ground", they wait until the Tiger is beneath them and open fire, destroying the final enemy tank.
With the town free of occupation and the infantry safe, the American soldiers are amused to find the little M-3 sitting on the roof of a building waiting for their arrival. Jeb ponders their luck in the battle, and hears the sound of disembodied laughter all around him. He knows that the ghost of his idol J.E.B. Stuart is looking over them and keeping them safe, and hopes that one day maybe the others will be able to hear him as well.
Appearing in "Introducing - - The Haunted Tank!"
- General J.E.B. Stuart (First appearance)
- U.S. Army
- American Recruitment officer (Flashback only)
- The Haunted Tank (First appearance)
- Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B
- American M23 Pershing tanks
- German Junkers Ju 87 ground-attack aircraft
Synopsis for "Chaeronaea"
Appearing in "Chaeronaea"
- World War II Recommended Reading
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade (Volume 1)
- Adventures in the Rifle Brigade (Volume 2)
- All-American Men of War (Volume 1)
- All-Out War (Volume 1)
- Blackhawk (Volume 1)
- Blitzkrieg (Volume 1)
- Capt. Storm (Volume 1)
- Four-Star Battle Tales (Volume 1)
- G.I. Combat (Volume 1)
- Men of War (Volume 1)
- Military Comics (Volume 1)
- Our Army at War (Volume 1)
- Our Fighting Forces (Volume 1)
- Sgt. Rock (Volume 1)
- Sgt. Rock (Volume 2)
- Star-Spangled War Stories (Volume 1)
- Unknown Soldier (Volume 1)
- Weird War Tales (Volume 1)
Links and References
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