In the late 1700s, Ensign Francis Allingham, of the Wessex Dragoons, and his friend, junior naval Lieutenant John Harker, joined forces to help rescue French aristocrats from the "Reign of Terror" - a dark period in history when the rulers of the new republic executed any who stood against them.
Despite the risks, Francis' special cavalry unit undertook many rescue missions across the Channel. While dodging the French, though, he was unaware that danger lurked closer to home. His senior Sergeant, Silas Carrick, was not to be trusted…
With only a few notable exceptions - The Bomb Gang, the Convict Commandos, Ramsey's Raiders - recurring characters have been rare on Commando's pages. Self-contained stories are our speciality. Knowing how much you, our readers, liked the characters mentioned above, we reckoned you might like a slightly different series that carried the story over more than one issue. With Ferg Handley recruited to do the scripting, we decided that a historical saga spanning many generations would hit the spot.
Episode Eight of this series sees the continuing story of three - entirely fictional -inter-linked families move on to the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution and the "Reign Of Terror" that followed. Two of our three main characters are committed to saving fleeing French aristocrats from almost certain death, while the third has another, more self-centred agenda all of his own.
We hope you enjoy this story and the journey to come.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor