1st squadron


Paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, head toward an extraction point after a successful airborne operation in Deadhorse, Alaska, February 22, 2017. The battalion’s Arctic capabilities were tested as temperatures with wind chill reached as low as 63 below zero. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)

Lt. Robert Roger Marchi standing on his Yakovlev Yak-3 of the Free French “Normandie-Niemen” 1st Squadron. GCIII Normandie (Groupe de Chasse) No.III
East Prussia, March 1945

Robert Marchi
Born July 26, 1919 in Chalon-sur-Saone (Saône et Loire)
Died in a plane crash July 17, 1946 (aged 27)
6 confirmed victories
7 victories in collaboration
1 enemy aircraft damaged
2 enemy aircraft damaged in collaboration.

“Normandie-Niemen” served on the Eastern Front of the European Theatre of World War II with the 1st Air Army. The group is notable for being one of only two air combat units from an Allied western European country to participate on the Eastern Front during the war, the other being the British No. 151 Wing RAF and the only one to fight together with the Soviets until the end of the war in Europe.

GC 3 ‘Normandie’ played an active role during the Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943, now flying their first Yak -9s. Commandant Tulasne himself claimed a Bf 110 on 15th July and a Fw 190 on 16th July before being shot down and killed the following day on his second sortie escorting IL 2s over the Znamenskaia sector. His successor was Pierre Pouyade who enjoyed the soubriquet 'Le Loup des Steppes’ - 'the wolf of the Steppes’. Losses were to grow during the hard fighting on the central Russian front during 1943 with Pouyade obliged to leave for North Africa on a recruiting mission during October 1943. A second wave of Normandie volunteers arrived in Russia during January 1944, one of whom was Roger Sauvage. His post-war memoir “Un du Normandie-Niémen” is a classic of the genre.

During 1944 Stalin was to honour the Normandie by adding 'Niemen’ to their title in recognition for the help they rendered the Soviet Army in crossing this river. One of the first Allied fighter units to operate from occupied German territory, the 'Normandie-Niemen’ clashed with JG51 Mölders in the huge air battles over Konigsberg in March 1945. By the war’s end and over 5,000 sorties flown, the Group had achieved some 273 confirmed victories and another 36 probables before their triumphal return to Le Bourget, Paris on 20 June 1945. Forty-two of the squadron’s pilots were killed and 30 reached ace status.

(Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)

Operation Dynamic Manor

A soldier assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division prepares to engage protesters during a training mission at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Nov. 4. The Soldiers have spent the last few weeks honing their skills in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Kosovo in support of Kosovo Force (KFOR). (U.S. Army Photos by Spc. Adeline Witherspoon)          

Wrecked French Somua S35 medium tank “Leopard” No. М838. In the background two more tanks Somua S35, freaking out on the side of the road. Probably a column of tanks fell into an ambush and was defeated.

The tank in the foreground Somua S35 tower number 10, was part of the 1st squadron of the 13th Dragoon regiment 2nd light mechanized division. Shooting location the outskirts of Tournai, Belgium. In the background is the S35, with the tower number 12 with a name “LE TERRIBLE” (Grozny). Further S35, with the tower number 8.


Optimally interoperable with everyone.

U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and Czech army paratroopers, assigned to the 43rd Airborne Battalion, 4th Rapid Reaction Brigade, are extracted by a Czech helicopter after an air assault operation as part of Exercise Sky Soldier II at the Bechyne Training Area, Czech Republic. Sky Soldier is a series of bilateral exercises between the 173rd Airborne and 4th Rapid Reaction Brigades designed to increase interoperability and strengthen partnerships between NATO airborne forces. 

(U.S. Army photos by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger, 24 SEP 2015.)

Alliance rally declared a success!

All illustrations are strictly the impressions of artists employed by this publication.

Flame Captain Kale Aideron opens the event, following a musical performance by Ciel Grayve.

The Eorzean Alliance adventurer rally celebrating the end of the Dragonsong War in Ishgard is to be considered a success, so says Flame Captain Kale Aideron of the Bloodsworn. Commanding officer of the Sasagan’s Scimitars and organizer of the event, Captain Aideron was emphatic in thanking all and sundry for their show of solidarity towards our northern neighbors. Prominent figures in the adventuring community, from free company leaders to military officers, were among the distinguished guests. Though there had been a minor disruption halfway through the ceremony, it did naught to abate the good cheer of the crowd.

The Immortal Flames were instrumental in planning the event.

As there has been no realm-wide celebration regarding Ishgard’s newly-found peace thus far, it was decided that this rally of remembrance and revelry was to take place, focusing particularly on the contributions that adventurers had provided the country. In addition, calls were made to embrace the spirit of openness and diversity embodied by the adventuring community, especially considering Ishgard’s recent embracing of republicanism, an ideology alien to Eorzea ever since Sharlayan’s abandonment many summers ago.

Prominent free company leader Faye Covington is said to have led myriad individuals from all over the Three Great Continents for the betterment of the realm.

The rally was opened by a song of remembrance by Ciel Grayve, a famed bard from Gridania. Baroness Flytia Dalyeis of Ishgard was accompanied by Winter’s Wake leader Kaitlyn Nelhah, who by their very presence embodied the spirit of partnership between Coerthan and adventurer. Their speech on the importance of peace and healing was followed by Syranelle Ironleaf, a Gelmorran who had served as a healer during the war. Noticeably rowdy shouts of support from the crowd were heard over the course of these speeches, allegedly the sorts more appropriate of Foundation than the Pillars.

Kaitlyn Nelhah and Baroness Flytia Dalyeis have done much in the providing of alms to inhabitants of the Brume.

Storm Captain Sounsyy Mirke of Thalassocratic Navy 1st Squadron, 9th Levy Infantry (Maelstrom) represented Limsa Lominsa’s Grand Company, and offered their perspective on Ishgard’s potential military contribution for the Alliance. Indeed, Lominsan musket technology has been utilized by the Ishgardian machinists of Skysteel Manufactory. Captain Aideron would make note of the capabilities presented by the Lominsan navy and Ishgardian airship fleet.

Gridanian bard Ciel Grayve has performed at many events attended by adventurers.

Following the decidedly more military-minded musing on the future of the Alliance, Faye Covington of the Daystar Agency imparted her several summers worth of leading adventurers to the crowd. One of the central goals of the rally was to advocate for the adventuring profession to a city-state unaccustomed to hosting other races and cultures. Lady Covington’s worldliness in this regard was lauded as very illuminating by local citizens nearby.

The Maelstrom is arguably reliant moreso on adventurers than its sister companies, and thus their presence at the rally was considered to be crucial.

Lord Armont Wordon de De’bayle of the De’bayle Minor House was the last speaker of the ceremony. The Wanderer of Coerthas spoke with a remarkable sort of open-mindedness and optimism, welcoming the ongoing changes taking place within Ishgard. Many would observe Lord Wordon’s defiance of stereotypes by how he had positively commented on and embraced the cultural shift. Captain Aideron was extremely grateful for House De’bayle’s contribution to the event, the Ul’dahn stating it was a high honor.

House De’bayle swears fealty to House Fortemps, who have long been known for their liberality in working with adventurers. 

And at last, the rally was closed by a captivating performance by Odette Saoirse, a bard hailing from Limsa Lominsa. Unlike Ciel Grayve’s more somber remembrance, the Lominsan provided a much more optimistic tune for the future. The disruption by the so-called Doctor Ozerov amounted to little in the end, as the whole crowd threw their fists in the air wishing a long life for both Eorzea and Her Alliance.

Long Live Eorzea! Long Live the Alliance!

Other illustrations can be found below

A sketch of Flame Captain Kale Aideron and Doctor Ozerov, similar to what might have transpired in reality. 

The Order of the Twin Adder were not without representation. Percival Turner commanded a detail sent from Gridania.

Odette Saoirse remains a popular bard within adventurer circles.

Captain Aideron briefs the joint military formation before the event’s opening.

Parking jet fighter-bombers Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a 1st Squadron 51th Bomber Squadron (1.KG51) on the side of the road Munich - Salzburg. The picture was taken in the occupied parts of the territory of the Allies.

“Old plane possibly near the border” – Unidentified airplane, possibly an experimental twin engine Curtiss Jenny tested or used in the southwest during the Border War

Date: circa 1916-1917
From the T. Asplund collection, Negative Number 055165

Factory delivered P-47D-25-RE ‘Thunderbolts’ of the “1º Grupo de Aviação de Caça - 1º GAVCA” (1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron), attached to the 350th FG, Tarquinia, Italy. October 1944.

(Delivered 6 October, first mission 31 October 1944)

42-26756 P-47D-25-RE A4 was flown by 2º Tenente, Alberto Martins Torres
42-26755 P-47D-25-RE A3 was flown mainly by 2º Tenente, Álvaro Eustórgio de Oliveira e Silva

“With the end of hostilities in Italy on 3 May 1945, the 1º GAVCA could make an account of its activities: there were 2,546 offensive and 4 defensive sorties, carried out on 445 missions during 184 continuous days of operation. Its pilots had flown for longer than the U.S. pilots, due to the lack of replacement personnel; several of them completed more than 80 combat missions. The Squadron flew only 5% of the total of missions carried out by the squadrons under operational control of the XXII Tactical Air Command, and yet was responsible for the destruction of 85% of the ammunition depots, 36% of the fuel depots, 28% of the bridges (19% damaged), 15% of the motor vehicles (13% damaged) and 10% of the horse-drawn vehicles(10% damaged).”

“But a high price was paid for all this: of its strength of 48 pilots, five were killed in combat, four in air accidents (one of them while on their training in Panama); five were shot down and made prisoners of war, while another three were shot down but were rescued by the Italian "partigiani”; and seven were removed from flying duties due to illnesses.“ (aer.ita.br)

(Colourised by Doug)