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"The Hero": Winter 1942. The Unknown Soldier must infiltrate Durstagg, a Nazi detention center, to rescue Lord Buford Rodney. Rodney is one of England's foremost medical researchers, and his return will boost sagging morale on the home front. The Soldier takes on the identity of Dr. Franz Zeitma


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Unknown Soldier

Star-Spangled War Stories #185 is an issue of the series Star-Spangled War Stories (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1975.

Appearing in "The Hero"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Lisa Forbes (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Lord Buford Rodney (Only appearance; dies)
  • Commandant Buhle (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dr. Franz Zeitman (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Hero"

Winter 1942. The Unknown Soldier must infiltrate Durstagg, a Nazi detention center, to rescue Lord Buford Rodney. Rodney is one of England's foremost medical researchers, and his return will boost sagging morale on the home front. The Soldier takes on the identity of Dr. Franz Zeitman, a Swiss scientist with pro-Nazi leanings who's been granted permission to work with Lord Rodney. Since Zeitman is an invalid, the Soldier is accompanied by a nurse, Lisa Forbes.

After the real Zeitman is taken captive in the Swiss countryside, the Soldier and Forbes soon finds out that Lord Rodney is all too satisfied to work with the Nazis and having no qualms in experimenting and torturing on Durstagg's prisoners for his own inhumane research. Forbes is killed after an ill attempt to convince Lord Rodney, thus forcing the Soldier to deliver justice on the mad researcher by leaving him at the hands of the very vengeful prisoners.

The Soldier covers up on the true circumstances at Durstagg, as the English people are left to believe that Lord Rodney sacrificed his life trying to save Forbes.

Appearing in "To Defend the Fatherland!"

Featured Characters:

  • Colonel Otto von Heuban

Supporting Characters:

  • Colonel Mitchell
  • Deminski
  • Kurt

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  • Lieutenant Schnieder (Dies)

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Synopsis for "To Defend the Fatherland!"

In the desperate last days of the German Third Reich, Colonel Otto von Heuban, a veteran of the First World War, is assigned to lead the Hitler Youth, young German boys conscripted to fight for their country at all cost. Colonel Heuban sees the futility to send these child soldiers to their deaths for a already lost cause, and attempt to peacefully surrender to the Americans. But his attempt is prevented by Lieutenant Schnieder, who accuses Heuban a traitor and a fool, relieving him of his command.

Heuban is locked away in a farmhouse until he is freed by a sympathetic German soldier named Kurt as the Americans began shelling their position. Following the carnage, Heuban properly surrenders himself and the survivors to the Americans, who promised to look after the prisoners. Just as Heuban and Kurt are to be brought for interrogation, the prisoners, who are still devoted to their cause, attempt to flee and are all shot by their handlers.

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