BLITZKRIEG #3

“The Execution”
Writer: Bob Kanigher
Artist: Ric Estrada

Franz, Hugo and Ludwig are assigned to the coast of France. While guarding the coast they successfully ambush an allied recon patrol that was landing by submarine. Later they are attached to an SS unit. At an abandoned French village the soldiers are enjoying a ride on a carousel when attackers machine gun the soldiers. The Germans retaliate with mortars then move in. They capture American army Rangers who are taken into the woods at Malmedy and executed.

“Do the Nazis Still Live (In Fact and In Principle)?”
By Alan Asherman

An article on the rumors of Hitler and other top Nazis living in Argentina. Also goes into the popularity of Nazis paraphernalia that is being sold and Swastikas being drawn on houses of worship.

“The Partisans!”
Writer: Bob Kanigher
Artist: Ric Estrada

Franz, Ludwig and Hugo are riding on tanks as the Wehrmacht invade the Ukraine. They are ambushed by partisans who manage to destroy a tank with Molotov cocktails. In retribution the Germans hang some men in the village. They are then attacked by children. They manage to fight them off and are confident that they are winning since the enemy is resorting to using children.

“Table-Top Dioramas”
Writer and Artist: Unknown

A feature that you can cut and paste a incident. This incident is the U.S.S. Buckley destroyer ramming the U-66. German sailors then tried to climb aboard and were repelled by the crew throwing knives, coffee cups and buckets. First time the command to repel boarders was given on a U.S. Navy ship since the Tripolitan War.

So we get two stories in this issue. The first was a bit confusing in that they start out patrolling the French beaches before D-Day and end up at a famous massacre that occurred during the Battle of the Bulge. I think it was a fictional story based on some real life events. Once again in both stories it is Franz who questions the actions but he does also follow orders which was the whole problem with the Germans during the war.

The diorama story was a fascinating read. I enjoy reading about these historical tidbits about the war.

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