"Divided We Fall"
V Annual 1986 (World International Publishing Ltd.)
The Visitors bring a new, destructive weapon into
the hills outside Los Angeles.
Donovan and Kyle head to the hills outside of town to meet with
Las Vegas resistance members to deliver them some needed
weapons. As they wait at the rendezvous point, a large Visitor
convoy passes by on the road near their hiding place. Shortly
after, a force field envelops the top of the nearby hill. Then
the small resistance airplane from Vegas shows up, but smacks
into the invisible field and the plane is destroyed.
The two men head dejectedly back to the temporary resistance
base nearby. There they find that gung-ho American Joe Day is
fighting with a new Russian recruit named Ivan about the
ideological differences between their two countries. They break up
the fight and then Julie arrives, bringing some new information
suggesting that the hilltop must be the sight of Diana's new
weapon capable of flattening everything in a 50-mile radius.
They decide to take it out and the next morning Donovan, Kyle,
Joe, and Ivan head back to the area.
They find that the Visitors have set up in an abandoned mine.
They use a Blowpipe missile launcher to attack the installation.
While Kyle, Joe, and Ivan rappel down into a nearby mineshaft in
an attempt to proceed underground beyond the force field,
Donovan steals a skyfighter parked there and is able to follow
another skyfighter through an opening it creates in the force
field. Then he blasts the weapon into bits.
Donovan picks up the others and they head back to base. The men
joke in comradeship all the way home.
This story appeared in the British V
Annual 1986, a book of short stories, articles and
games all about V,
geared towards kids. The stories use a fair amount of
British terms and military jargon, despite taking place in the
Page 43 describes the airplane from the Las Vegas resistance as
a Beagle Pup. This is a British 2-seat prop plane developed in
1967. Less than 200 of the model were ever produced, so the
resistance had a bit of a collector's item until it smacked into
the Visitor force field.
Page 43 tells us that Donovan and Kyle have returned to the
temporary resistance base in a gutted movie theater. We never
saw such a base in the course of the TV series. The location is
not given here, so perhaps this is a base in an outlying area
Resistance member Joe Day is reluctant to allow the Russian, Ivan,
to join the group and the two exchange gibes about red communism
and capitalist imperialism. The story was written and takes
place in the mid-1980s during the Cold War between the United
States and the Soviet Union.
On page 44, Julie refers to the Scorcher, the gargantuan weapon
brought into Earth orbit by the Visitors in
"Dreadnought" in which Robert
Maxwell sacrificed his life piloting the captured mothership
into a collision course with the weapon to destroy it before it could unleash its power against
the planet. Only thing is, it was never referred to as the
Scorcher in the episode; it was called the
particle beam triax. Since this book was
published in Britain, might the name of the weapon in the
episode have been changed for the British broadcast for some
"What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willie?" On page 44, Willie is referred
to as Willis. Just a typo, but I thought it was funny.
Also on page 44, Ivan and Joe encounter a milk snake in the
mountains, which resembles the poisonous coral snake. This is a
real species of king snake found throughout the continental U.S.
Joe and Ivan make use of a Blowpipe missile system. This was a
real world, portable missile-to-air launcher similar to a
bazooka. The Blowpipe system was used by the British military
Page 47 describes Joe as abseiling down a rope into a mine
shaft. Abseiling is a British term which means the same as
rappelling in American English.
Page 47 reveals that the Visitors have a code they can punch
into a computer to open a hole in the mountaintop force field to
allow their shuttles to pass through. This is very similar to
the workings of the force field used in the TV episode
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