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"Let Me Tell You the Things I've Seen": In the winter of 1944, a lone G.I. is separated from his outfit and is lost in the woods that is located in German territory. He is almost hit by a German tank shell, but is left with a broken leg. The G.I. painfully drags through the icy fog to try to fin


Quote1 Aye, I know all about war! About men...caught in the maelstrom of nations in conflict...! Yes... I know about war! Let me tell you of the things I've seen! Listen...carefully... Quote2
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Weird War Tales #1 is an issue of the series Weird War Tales (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1971.

Appearing in "Let Me Tell You the Things I've Seen"

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Synopsis for "Let Me Tell You the Things I've Seen"

In the winter of 1944, a lone G.I. is separated from his outfit and is lost in the woods that is located in German territory. He is almost hit by a German tank shell, but is left with a broken leg. The G.I. painfully drags through the icy fog to try to find and warn his outfit about the Germans until come upon a house in the middle of a clearing. He is taken inside by a old man who then helps him patch his leg and giving him time to rest. When the G.I. insists on going to meet his outfit despite of his injury, his host tells him that he is too weak and that there is time to warn his friends. To spend the passage of time, the old man tells the G.I. stories about the wars that he had seen in his life.

Appearing in "The Secret of the Fort Which Did Not Return"

Featured Characters:

  • Death (Host)
  • The Bombardier

Supporting Characters:

  • The Pilot
  • The Co-Pilot
  • The Navigator
  • The Right and Left Waist
  • The Tail Gunner

Antagonists:

  • Luftwaffe

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Vehicles:

  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
    • Mother Hen
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Synopsis for "The Secret of the Fort Which Did Not Return"

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Appearing in "The Story Behind the Cover"

Featured Characters:

  • Death (Host)
  • Hans Müller (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for "The Story Behind the Cover"

A German patrol under Lance Corporal Mueller suddenly come across an American patrol and a fight breaks out. In the narrow confines of the ditch both sides are in, a grenade is lobbed among them and explodes. By some miracle, only Mueller survived much to his astonishment. Mueller runs back to his positions to warn his Lieutenant about the enemy.

Mueller tries to explain to the Lieutenant, who then doesn't spoke a word to him and acting as if Mueller wasn't there. Mueller believes that the Lieutenant doesn't like his report and that he had failed in his responsibilities. When he tried to explain to his comrades, they too ignored him. Mueller thinks the men are shunning him for losing his patrol. Gripped by a terrible guilt, Mueller believes that the only way to wipe out his shame and regain the respect of his comrades is by facing the entire Allied army by himself.

Mueller never felt the storm of lead that lashed him and the crushing death dealt by enemy guns. But by the pain and agony will be with him forever, as a skeletal specter in the battlefield.

Appearing in "The End of the Sea Wolf"

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Appearing in "Baker's Dozen"

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Appearing in "You Must Go"

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Synopsis for "You Must Go"

The old man has finished telling his stories and the G.I. is fully rested as the night is almost gone. So the G.I. is ready to reach his outfit and warn them about the enemy waiting in the woods. The G.I. suggest to his host that he should leave as his house will likely be caught in the inevitable crossfire. The old man reassures him that he is in no danger for he have seen war "swirl around [his] doorstep like winter snow!" The G.I. and the old bid farewell to each other.

The G.I. continues wandering through the woods until he sees a villager gathering firewood. The villager helps him point the way to a nearby road before asking where he had come from. The G.I. explain to her about the cottage and the old man. The villager is very surprised to hear of this because there was no one living in that house because a shell had landed on it and killed its owner...during on the very last morning of the Great War. All that is left are ruins.

Notes

  • Death functions as the host for this anthology series, and appears as a skeleton dressed in military attire. While Death embodies all aspects of the Grim Reaper, the incarnation that appears in this series is a different interpretation from that seen in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.
  • "The Secret of the Fort Which Did Not Return" was originally printed in G.I. Combat #86.

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