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When conscripted in November 1917, young Jack Carrick was willing to serve his country but reluctant to kill. Therefore, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and focussed on saving lives instead of taking them.

However, Jack's cowardly N.C.O., Corporal Fred Allingham, was determined to save only one life - his own. As the Great War raged on Allingham saw Jack as a threat to his secret agenda - even more of a threat than the Germans who dealt death in the trenches and from the sky above…

Introduction

With only a few notable exceptions - step forward the Convict Commandos - recurring characters have been rare on the pages of Commando over the last 50-odd years. However, we were of the opinion that you, our readers, might like a series which carried the story over more than one issue. With the pen of Ferg Handley recruited to do the writing, we decided that a historical saga spanning many generations would hit the spot.

After the events of the Crimean war in the previous episode, we have now arrived at the harrowing trenches of World War I, where our epic tale of three - entirely fictional - interlinked families takes a darker turn as we explore just what it is like to save lives but also to fight for one's own survival and the turmoil that this can cause.

We hope you enjoy this story and the journey to come - which consists of a stunning, two-part conclusion.

Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor

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