Hitler’s Blitzkrieg has ground Europe into submission under hobnailed jackboots and steel tank treads. With the evacuation at Dunkirk, Britain stands alone, a small island nation standing defiant in the path of a ruthless juggernaut.
Unable to mount a counteroffensive against the Germans, but unwilling to let them rest easy and reinforce their positions unmolested, the British military began the formation of small, independent companies of light infantry raiders, well trained and heavily armed. These elite soldiers would launch swift, decisive attacks against vulnerable targets within German-occupied territory: bridges, communications centers, ammunition and fuel depots.
The men who formed these raiding companies were volunteers, men who were not willing to wait at home on English soil for the eventual invasion of Europe, but instead felt the call for action in their blood, the need for danger and adventure, the chance to strike back against the Third Reich. Tough, belligerent, loyal, and above all, brave to the point of madness, these men were the vanguard of an Allied counter-strike against Hitler, the forlorn hope sent to breach the walls of Fortress Europe.
In naming these men, Britain’s high command remembered the superior marksmanship, field-craft, and cunning of the militiamen who opposed British forces during the Boer wars. These irregular units, consisting of hunters and ranchers skilled in guerilla warfare, campaigned successfully against far superior British numbers, launching raids and fading back into the veldt time and time again. The Afrikaans name for these units was bestowed upon the British raiders, who now fought their own unconventional war against a vastly superior foe.
These men were known as Commandos.
COMMANDO: Operation Arrowhead
Introduced by his commanding officer to the enigmatic Lord Pembroke, Lynch is offered a chance to be part of a special team of hand-picked Commandos. Their assignment: sneak into occupied France and ally with the French partisans to fight back against the Nazis.
Lynch readily accepts the challenge, but when the mission goes awry from the very beginning, and the motives of the partisan leader become suspect, the Commandos begin to wonder about their role in the mission: trusted allies with the partisans, or worms dangling as bait for a hungry fish?
The Train to Calais
Everything seems to be going according to plan, but the fate of an innocent village boy becomes entangled with Bouchard's plot. Will he risk the success of the mission to save the boy, or will the Butcher of Calais strike at his enemies, no matter the consequences?
The Train to Calais is a short story of the French Resistance during World War Two. It is related to the events that take place in the novel COMMANDO: Operation Arrowhead, but can be enjoyed on its own.
COMMANDO: Operation Bedlam
The Commandos learn Bouchard has been captured by Faust and imprisoned in the SS officer's headquarters. Aided by the mysterious and deadly British secret agent John Robert Smythe, the Commandos hatch an audacious plan to drive straight into the heart of occupied Calais and rescue Bouchard.
But when an accident forces the team to leave men behind, will Sergeant McTeague follow orders and abandon them to their fate? Or will he cut his way into the heart of Calais once more, determined to rescue his brothers-in-arms no matter the cost? With machine guns and rifles, pistols and hand grenades, knives and even their bare hands, the men of 3 Commando will do whatever it takes to see the mission through.