The Reich’s Damned by Richard D. Nolane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s 1946, and after the surprise failure of the allied landings on 6 June 1944, the Nazi special weapons begin to dominate the allies.
Major Walter Murnau, a hothead, man of honour and talented pilot, is decorated by an Adolph Hitler who, having survived and assassination attempt, is horribly mutilated. The Fuhrer takes an instant disliking to “The Devil’s Pilot” and becomes obsessed with engineering his demise…
Having attracted Himmler’s attention, Murnau narrowly escapes the Fuhrer’s wrath but finds himself, against his will, piloting revolutionanary new Wunderwaffe for the SS. But it’s not without it’s dangers, because the slightest misstep means falling among “THE REICH’S DAMNED”: those for whom the New Auschwitz reserves the worst of fates…
Hot on the heels of the previous installment “At the Gates of Hell”, episode three of this World War Two alternate history series opens the story right up. The central character, pilot Walter Murnau is now an unwilling officer in the ‘LuftSS’, the newly formed air arm of the notorious SS under the leadership of Himmler. He and other students of the the occult SS ideology are fascinated by Murnau’s seemingly supernatural ability to cheat death. Meanwhile, the Allied leaders debate how to finally finish Hitler’s Germany, and learn through an agent the true nature of the secret New Auschwitz base. They put wheels in motion to destroy it by a bombing raid, and the Wunderwaffen once again leap into the fray, this time with the amazing new Focke-Wulf Triebflügel VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) machines, to defend the fanatical and abominable Nazi scheme that is crucial to the Nazi ‘solution’. In closing, we’re shown a secret Antarctic base where this entertaining story is set to continue in episode four “The Left Hand Of The Fuhrer”. A romping story line with awesome color artwork continues to provide a truly fun read.
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Image courtesy of Luft ’46