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"Haunted Tank: "Tank Raiders"": Everyone at Tank Squadron Headquarters is waiting for the return of Lieutenant Larry Gold and his tank crew from patrol after their radio had cut out during a fight with a Nazi Tiger tank. Jeb Stuart, along with his crew Slim, Rick and Arch, wait next to their own


Quote1 Having our tank snatched like that from under us-- is like getting a direct hit! We might as well be dead! We've got to get our tank back! Quote2
-- Lt. Jeb Stuart



Appearing in Haunted Tank: "Tank Raiders"

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  • German Artillery soldiers
  • German Infantry soldiers

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  • Lieutenant Larry Gold (Dies)
  • Lieutenant Mack Gibbon (Dies)
  • Lieutenant Nick Brown
  • American Artillery soldiers
  • American Infantry soldiers

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  • T.N.T. sticks
  • M1 grenades

Vehicles:

  • The Haunted Tank
  • German Panzerkampfwagen IV tank
  • German-captured Willys MB jeep

Synopsis for Haunted Tank: "Tank Raiders"

Everyone at Tank Squadron Headquarters is waiting for the return of Lieutenant Larry Gold and his tank crew from patrol after their radio had cut out during a fight with a Nazi Tiger tank. Jeb Stuart, along with his crew Slim, Rick and Arch, wait next to their own tank watching for any sign of Larry. The ghost of General J.E.B. Stuart appears briefly before Jeb, encouraging him that a real fighting man returns to carry on the fight. Then, they hear the agonized grinding of shot up treads in the distance. Larry brought back his tank, but he and his crew didn't survived the trip. The other crews quickly climb aboard their own tanks to begin the next patrol. Jeb and the Haunted Tank leads the patrol out, and Jeb tells his crew that the squadron's never lost a tank except by a direct hit... and that's the way it's going to stay. They leave headquarters towards the given coordinates, followed by Lt. Mack Gibbon's tank and then Lt. Nick Brown's. Over the radio, Jeb receives a distress call from one of the Infantry units in the area, pinned down by German artillery. He relays the orders to head for coordinates L-4 and the patrol is on their way.

When they arrive at coordinates L-4, they find ground without any cover facing a wooden rise. Coming up from behind the pinned infantry, the tanks form a defensive line and move forward towards the tree line towards the enemy fire. The pillboxes have the high ground, and one quickly takes out Mack Gibbon's tank. Shortly after, Nick Brown's hatch and cannon gets hit, putting a stop to that tank. The Haunted Tank is now along, allowing the pillboxes to bring all their attention onto them. The Germans are using smokeless powder, which helps in hiding their exact position to allow for Rick to get a clean shot. Then, the ground turns into a sheet of flame around the Haunted Tank. Jeb is knocked unconscious by the blast, leaving his crew below to drive blindly into the enemy's position. Then, Slim hears orders for him to turn left, then straight ahead, and then turn right. When Jeb finally comes to, he can see that they are just to the left of one of the camouflaged pillboxes. He shouts the order, and Rick fires taking out the first pillbox. The second pillbox is well hidden, but Jeb can see the shaking of the branches around it every time it fires. Slim moves the tank up onto the incline so that Rick can get enough elevation. He fires, and the second pillbox is destroyed. With the immediate threat dealt with, Jeb signals for the infantry to move in. As the Haunted Tank backs off to let the infantry do their job, Slim congratulates Jeb on the great work with his navigation around the pillboxes. Jeb is puzzled, as he was unconscious during that time, then realizes that it must of been his ancestor's ghost that gave the orders and saved their lives. As the Haunted Tank continues on with their mission, Nick Brown's tank is too damaged to continue on and its crew is forced to turn around and head back to headquarters.

The front shifts back and forth several times over the next few days, and eventually the battle sets the woods around them ablaze. The Haunted Tank avoids getting fried in the fire, but its crew begins to boil from the heat of being cooped up within the small tank for days. Finally, the fighting shifts to another direction, giving the Haunted Tank crew some time away from the battle. They find a small pond to park nearby, and the four enjoy a long swim in the cool waters. At their most vulnerable, the Germans surprise them in an American jeep with an attack from the woods. The four dive as deep as they can to avoid the gunfire. When they resurface, the see that the Germans are attempting to hijack the Haunted Tank. They quickly run out of the water, wearing only their shorts, and grab what little firepower they had with their uniforms. Arch and Slim throw two grenades at the Germans, but even those are unable to stop the enemy from stealing their tank. The four watch as the Haunted Tank disappear into the distance. Having their tank taken from under them is an unacceptable defeat, and they have to get it back!

The crew of the lost Haunted Tank quickly get dressed and begin to follow the trail left by the Germans. It is not hard to follow the Stuart's track in the soft ground. A few miles down the road they find the stolen American jeep the Germans had used to trick them, and the driver dead at the wheel - their grenades must have got him. They remove the driver and take off in the jeep to try and catch up with their tank. Jeb begins to worry how easy it was to find the jeep, and why the Germans would have just left it there for them to find. He gets his answer a second later when the Haunted Tank appears out from the underbrush in the woods and fires on them. The road beside them is hit, rolling the jeep onto its side and throwing the four out to land hard onto the road. The guys are stunned, and the Haunted Tank then continues down the road. After it is gone, Jeb and the others get back up, lucky to still be alive. They roll the jeep back onto its wheels and then continue on after their stolen tank. A mile away they are forced to stop on the edge of a small cliff, having missed the turn and lost the trail. Then, they spot the Haunted Tank on the road below them. With no time to back-track and desperate to stop the tank before it can get away again, Jeb, Rick and Arch quickly begin climbing down the side of the cliff. Slim, left atop with the jeep, gives it full gas and leaps out just as the jeep drives right off the cliff and into the air. It cannonballs right into the front of the tank, blocking the enemy's way and forcing them to stop. The three others leap onto the tank and attack the Germans before they can react, firing their pistol into the hatch and killing the Germans inside.

Back at tank headquarters, everyone watches and waits for Jeb and the Haunted Tank's return. They are long overdue, but everyone keeps up hope. Then, in the distance, the Haunted Tank clanks its way towards them on the road. The ghost of General J.E.B. Stuart appears to Jeb, congratulating him for his good job and telling him that he and his men are good enough to soldier in his Confederate army. Jeb smiles, realizing that even though the Confederate army stopped their fight nearly a hundred years before, the General's fight continues on with him and his men.

Appearing in "Patrol in the Parlor"

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