"The Long Jump": The Allies are making their advance deeper into Nazi-occupied France but not without facing fierce resistance from their enemy. To take the pressure off of the Allied spearheads, the Allies plans on making a flanking attack on the Dutch coast. Ten thousand paratroopers are to la
Appearing in "The Long Jump"
- Hendrik Voss
- Elrika Voss
- Colonel Von Shutz (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "The Long Jump"
The Allies are making their advance deeper into Nazi-occupied France but not without facing fierce resistance from their enemy. To take the pressure off of the Allied spearheads, the Allies plans on making a flanking attack on the Dutch coast. Ten thousand paratroopers are to land in this area to attack the Nazi flanks. The Unknown Soldier is to scout the landing area to ensure it is safe before the deadline.
The Unknown Soldier is parachuted into Holland. His infiltration is almost blown when a German soldier spotted him. The Nazis under Colonel Von Shutz forcefully search the villagers' houses, but are unable to find the Soldier. The Soldier is in fact posing as a milk-seller. Despising the Nazis' maltreatment, the Dutchmen are seriously consider of fighting against their occupiers. However, Hendrik Voss, who knows everything in the lowlands, stubbornly insists to his countrymen to dissuade from fighting the Nazis as it would be suicide as long the Nazis leave them be. Voss in question is also the person the Unknown Soldier need his help. Predictably, Voss refuses to help the Soldier.
The next day, the Nazis replaces the tulip fields with steel spikes. Voss does nothing to stop them. But Voss's daughter Elrika and the Soldier up-end the spikes during the night. This infuriates Colonel Von Shutz, who then orders his men to round up hostages, including Elrika. Voss angrily blames this on the Soldier.
The Soldier, still posing as a milk-seller, infiltrate Colonel Von Shutz's HQ and learning from Elrika that the Nazis have mined the main sea dike, as Von Shutz plans on destroying it when the paratroopers land. The Soldier is unable to warn London to call off the jump when his radio is indirectly destroyed by a callous German soldier.
The Unknown Soldier is able to convince Voss to help him after relaying him of Von Shutz's plans that will also destroy the lowlands. They and the Dutchmen try to find the detonator, but found nothing. The Soldier propose a risky alternative: he and Voss confront a Nazi officer and takes his uniform. But Voss is shot in the process. Disguised as a Nazi officer, the Unknown Soldier fools Colonel Von Shutz to believing that the detonator has been tamper, allowing the Soldier to be guide by Von Shutz to the detonator's location. Just as the Allied airplanes arrive, the Soldier kills Von Shutz before he could activate the detonator.
The Unknown Soldier brings Elrika back to her father. The Allied paratroopers make their landing in which the sight of their parachutes reminds Voss of blossoming white tulips.
Appearing in Enemy Ace: "The Slayers And The Slain!"
- Gerta, German nurse
- Fokker Dr.I
- Martinsyde G.102
- D.H. 9A Bombers
Synopsis for Enemy Ace: "The Slayers And The Slain!"
This story is reprinted from Star-Spangled War Stories #138.
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