"Sgt. Rock: "The Rock of Easy Co."": When a Nazi officer nicknamed the Iron Kapitan wants to test the mettle of Sgt. Rock and Easy Company, he bites off more than he can chew. Rock and his boys in Easy are able to stop ev

Our Army at War #81 is an issue of the series Our Army at War (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1959.

Synopsis for Sgt. Rock: "The Rock of Easy Co."

When a Nazi officer nicknamed the Iron Kapitan wants to test the mettle of Sgt. Rock and Easy Company, he bites off more than he can chew. Rock and his boys in Easy are able to stop everything thrown at them, and in a one-on-one fist fight between Rock and the Iron Kapitan, Rock comes out the victor.

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Synopsis for "Khaki Yaks"

In the desert, four G.I.s each saw their own mirages; one saw a soda jerker, another one saw a lifeguard, another one saw an ice man, while the fourth one saw a stoker.

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Synopsis for "Fighting Footsteps"

A soldier was wandering in the desert, separated from his recon squad. The soldier thought that wherever he went, he never left a mark in life, so he decided to go to the desert during World War II. While wandering in the desert, he literally left a mark of footprints on the sand. Suddenly, a German soldier appeared, so the American soldier gunned down his enemy and decided to look back at his trail every once in a while as the Nazi had tracked him down, following the footsteps. The American soldier also made more footsteps to confuse anybody who may have followed him. However, he got lost and was tracked down by a German halftrack that exchanged fire with him. Realizing that he could not beat the halftrack with just an M1 rifle, the soldier got on the ground and slid a grenade under the halftrack, blowing it up. The soldier continued to wander until he was followed by a German fighter plane that opened fire on him. The soldier got down on the ground, then shot at the plane's exhaust flame, blowing it up. Afterwards, he continued to wander when a sandstorm started. After the sandstorm, he was reunited with his squad.

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  • German halftrack
  • German fighter plane

Synopsis for "The Liberators - Battle Story of the 14th Armored Division"

The 14th Armored Division was activated in November, 1942, but was not shipped out until 1944. They joined the IV Corps in attacking the Nazis in Marseilles and Alsace. On December 12th, they crossed the Lauter River and seized Haugenau from the Germans, then crossed the Moder River, taking up positions south of Bitche. On New Year's Eve, the Germans launched a surprise attack, forcing the 14th to withdraw, but also intact. Eventually, they were pushed back to Strasbourg, but were able to stop the Nazis from taking over the city. By March 1945, the 14th drove across the Moder River and the Siegried Line and captured Germersheim. On April 1st, Easter Sunday, the division chased the Germans through Worms, Neusstadt, and Hammelberg. It's final battle involved them crossing the Danube to Moosburg, where they liberated over 110,000 allied prisoners.

During its 167 days of World War II combat, the 14th Armored Division was awarded two unit citations, while one individual won a medal of honor, 9 distinguished service crosses, 273 silver stars, and 3024 bronze medals, earning them the nickname the "Liberator Division."

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  • France
    • Marseilles
    • Alsace
      • Vosge Mountains
      • Haguenau
      • Bitche
      • Strasbourg
    • Lauter River
    • Moder River
  • Germany
    • Neusstadt
    • Hammelberg
    • Germersheim
    • Siegfried Line
    • Rhine River
    • Moosburg
    • Danube River

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Synopsis for "Umbrella Pilot"

Throughout his whole life, Phil's brother had wanted to fly. However, when both Phil and his brother grew up, it was Phil that became a pilot, while the brother became a paratrooper, jumping out from planes. Phil's brother made his descent, dodging gunfire from enemy soldiers, until he landed and kicked them. At night, when Phil and the others were on a mission, the brother jumped out with his parachute and dropped a grenade on the enemy's spotlight. However, an enemy flak opened fire on the plane, shooting it down and forcing Phil to jump out as well. While parachuting down, the brother shot at an enemy plane's gas tank, then dove to drop a grenade on the flak, blowing it up. Later on, Phil received a medal.

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  • Phil Gibbs

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Synopsis for Easy Company: "No Pocket for Easy"

Burt and Eddie, two members of Easy Company, ambush a Nazi courier car and learn that the company's position is surrounded ("pocketed") by enemy forces. Using quick thinking, the two G.I.s lure a Nazi tank into a trap so the rest of Easy can counterattack.

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Notes

  • "The Rock of Easy Co." is reprinted in Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 1. In this story, Frank Rock is only referred to as "Sgt. Rocky".
  • "No Pocket for Easy" features two members of Easy Company named Burt and Eddie. Sgt. Rock does not appear.

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