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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Commando 5327-5330

Commando specials aare coming your way as Commando commemorates VE day’s 75th anniversary  and 80 years since the German Blitzkrieg! All in brand-new issues — out today!

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5327: Rats in the Rubble

The first of our VE Day 75th Anniversary specials ‘Rats in the Rubble’, with story by Andrew Knighton, is an instant classic Commando! Topped off with a fiery Neil Roberts cover which is emblematic of the chaos of the final days of the Second World War and eventual Allied Victory in Europe.

When the Red Army entered Berlin in 1945, what awaited them there were desperate men and hastily armed teens fighting to protect their city. Snipers, Volkssturm, and Hitler Youth scurried over the rubble of their city as the end of the war loomed over them like a rat exterminator. Sergeant Nikolai Kulikov hated Germans for what they had done to his proud country — and now he was paying them back with interest! But, as he entered a derelict orphanage to remove a threat to the Soviet advance, he would soon question who the real rats in the city were.

Story: Andrew Knighton
Art: Klacik & Muller
Cover: Neil Roberts

5328: The Man Who Died Twice

The second of our VE 75th Anniversary specials is ‘The Man Who Died Twice’, a classic tale with a twist — as was writer Eric Hebden’s speciality!

When your father has pride of place on The Great War memorial in your village, you know it’s going to be hard to measure up, but Hugh Nesbitt was determined to try! However, as the Second World War drew towards its conclusion, he knew he would never live up to his father’s memory. Time and time again Nesbitt proved he was a coward, but could a coward become  a war hero — or would there be victory in Europe and an end to the war before he found his courage?

Story: E Hebden
Art: Ibanez
Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 797 (1973).

5329: Blitzkrieg West

It’s been 80 years since May 1940, when the Germans put an end to the so-called Phoney War — changing the course of the Second World War for ever. The Allied armies were caught flat-footed, and crushed under the tyres of the German’s “Thunder and Lightning” tactics known to them as the Blitzkrieg!

To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of France, Ferg Handley writes ‘Blitzkrieg West’  to give readers the chance to experience the panic and disorganisation from the perspective of a World War One veteran, Lance Corporal Bill Lowry. While the Germans thundered triumphantly west across France and towards victory, Lowry is forced to retreat with a bunch of rookies who barely know which end of the gun to aim with.

Story: Ferg Handley
Art: Khato
Cover: Keith Burns
5330: Intruders Beware

‘Intruders Beware’ is a classic  supernatural Commando from RA Montague which asks you; what happens when some RAF bods upset a ghostly monk in Scotland? Fires, jinxed aircraft and pilots with hoodoos — that’s what!

With amazing interior art from fan favourite Jose Maria Jorge doing what he did best — illustrating beautiful aerial aircraft action — and a few ghouls thrown in for good measure, all is not what it seems on the airfield, and this is one mystery you’ll have to read to read to believe!

Story: RA Montague
Art: Jose Maria Jorge
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 1520 (1981).


  1. Deaer Steve, I was an avid reader of Commando and Battle Picture Library Books in the 60s. There was one memorable story of an English 8th Army Lieutenant who stopped off in a Jeep at I think a pyramid and encountered some mysterious curse. Although I can't remember the details of it now it was really effective. I think it was called 'The Curse of the Mummy' or 'Covenant with Evil' or something. I suppose these books have now all long disappeared? Andrew

  2. Can't find anything under those titles but perhaps someone will know.