"Haunted Tank: "Haunted Tank Vs. Ghost Tank"": After a long trek during a dangerous mission rooting out Tiger Tanks from an enemy-held town, the crew of the Haunted Tank decide to take shelter under a tree to bed down for the night. Lt. Jeb Stuart is not sleepy, and takes first watch while the o
- I don't care what anyone says! This tank's "haunted"! And someday, somehow, somebody, somewhere... is going to agree with me!
Appearing in Haunted Tank: "Haunted Tank Vs. Ghost Tank"
- German Infantry soldiers
- German pilot (Dies)
- German Artillery soldiers
- Lieutenant Marty Gibson (Dies)
- American Artillery soldiers (all die)
- American Infantry Sergeant
- American Infantry soldiers
- gasoline drums
- The Haunted Tank
- Panzerkampfwagen IV
- German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger Night Fighter
Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "Haunted Tank Vs. Ghost Tank"
After a long trek during a dangerous mission rooting out Tiger Tanks from an enemy-held town, the crew of the Haunted Tank decide to take shelter under a tree to bed down for the night. Lt. Jeb Stuart is not sleepy, and takes first watch while the others get some much needed rest. While on watch, Jeb sees the apparition of his long dead ancestor General J.E.B. Stuart in the moonlight, who warns him to stay vigil. The ghost fades away, and then Jeb hears the distant sounds of approaching aircraft. He wakes the others, ordering them to take their positions. He then spots a German Night Fighter bearing down on them to attack. The Night Fighter hasn't spotted the hiding tank, but fires into the trees blindly knowing that they are somewhere under them. Jeb orders Slim to back straight out before the fighter can fire into their tree. Rick elevates the cannon, and as soon as they leave the cover of the trees he fires. The Night Fighter is destroyed, slamming into the trees in a fiery explosion.
The next morning while the others are having breakfast, Arch receives new orders for them over the radio. They are to rendezvous with another tank near a crossroads ASAP. With everyone back in position in the tank, Slim gives the Haunted Tank the gas and they speed down the road. As they leave, Jeb hears the echo of laughter, but the others hear nothing. Despite what his crew thinks, he is certain that their tank is haunted and someday, somehow, he will get the others to believe him. They reach the crossroads and rendezvous with a second M-3 Stuart tank commanded by Lieutenant Marty Gibson, who tells them that they are to hook up with two other tanks in the woods but the HQ hasn't heard a word back from the others. Jeb agrees to follow. As they enter the woods, the tanks discover a squad of beat-up Infantrymen. One non-comm, a Sergeant, tells them that all their officers are dead. When questioned about the other two missing tanks, the man tells Jeb and Marty that they were taken out by a "ghost tank". Jeb thinks it's humorous that his Haunted Tank has been sent to find a "Ghost Tank", but when they discovered the blasted remains of the missing two tanks his humor turns to dread!
Marty Gibson refuses to believe that two tanks could have been taken out by a "Ghost Tank", but the sergeant warns him that if they try to cross the open field ahead of them they'll see for themselves. Thinking that the sergeant is suffering from fatigue and hallucinations, Marty decides to take point with his tank. Jeb follows behind in the Haunted Tank, but not too closely, wanting to keep some space between him and Gibson. As they come out of the woods into the clearing, the two tanks separate to cover both sides of the field. Shortly, Jeb spots a plume of smoke from the other side of the field. To their surprise, a German Panzer appears from out of the smoke, like a ghost, and fires at Marty's tank. It is a direct hit. Marty Gibson's tank is destroyed, his crew killed. From out of the black smoke, Jeb sees the face of General Stuart, instructing him to be bold in his attack. As if by instinct, Jeb orders Slim to head straight down the field. It is an unexpected move, and the German tank overshoots the Haunted Tank. It tries to anticipate the little tank's moves, but Jeb orders them to keep straight - a forward attack. The enemy shells land to the left and right of the Haunted Tank, missing every time. Then, when they are close enough, Jeb orders them to fire and Rick scores a direct hit to the front of the Ghost Tank. They continue past the Germans, but when Jeb turns around the tank is nowhere to be seen. Then, a shell impacts the side of the Haunted Tank, slamming Jeb back into the hatch and knocking the others unconscious inside.
From the trees, the Sergeant and his men had been watching the entire battle. The Haunted Tank continues to move across the field, zig-zagging around the exploding shells from the German Panzer even though its crew is out and no one is steering. The Panzer fires relentlessly, vanishing and reappearing in different areas to avoid any counter-attack. The Haunted Tank continues to evade the fire of the enemy, then steers it directly into the side of the Panzer. The impact snaps everyone inside awake, and seeing their advantage Jeb orders Rick to fire. The blast at close range rips right through the turret of the Panzer. With the "Ghost Tank" out of action, Jeb orders Slim to bring their tank to a halt. Suddenly, the Haunted Tank begins to disappear in a cloud of smoke. They discover themselves on a camouflaged elevator descending down underground into a hidden German tank base! Jeb realizes that they must have rammed the Panzer off the elevator platform and took its place. He orders his crew to open fire at the base and its personnel. They throw everything at the base, and with the high explosives being stored there it doesn't take much to send the enemy and their base to a fiery grave. As the Infantry approach the field, the Haunted Tank rises from the ground on the elevator, victorious. The Sergeant runs up to Jeb, amazed. He tells Jeb that their tank must be a "Ghost Tank', too. Jeb smiles, as he once again hears the echo of laughter from his ghostly ancestor.
Appearing in TNT Trio: "Don't Dig In"
- TNT Trio
- Big Al
- Little Al
- Charlie Cigar
- Dog Company
- Pacific Theater
Synopsis for TNT Trio: "Don't Dig In"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in "Everything's a Straight Line"
Synopsis for "Everything's a Straight Line"
- Synopsis not yet written.
- The Haunted Tank story "Haunted Tank Vs. Ghost Tank" continues directly from the story in the previous issue.
- The T.N.T. Trio were last seen in issue #85, and appear next in Our Fighting Forces #86.
- The T.N.T. Trio are not the same characters as the TNT Trio appearing in Action Comics #525.
- No trivia.
- Write your own review of this comic!
- Discuss G.I. Combat Vol 1 88 on the forums
- Cover gallery for the G.I. Combat series
Links and References
- No external links.
This comic page is missing characters!
This comic page is missing one or more character, location or item appearances. If you find any characters that appear in this issue but are not included on the page, please add them to the Appearances list of the comic issue template.