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-- Nazi Officer, upon first sight of the Allied D-Day Invading Force

Appearing in "A Day of Thunder!"

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  • Francois (French Resistance Member)

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  • Lasso

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  • Nazi Motorcycle with Sidecar
  • Various Allied Naval Vessels & Airplanes
  • Nazi Air Fighters

Synopsis for "A Day of Thunder!"

Sgt. Nick Fury and his Howlers swim to a private section of beach along Normandy, in preparation for the D-Day invasion scheduled for the next morning, and secure two Nazi sentries and their watchdog. Dino & Izzy swap their uniforms for those of the captured enemy soldiers. Fury meets up with a group of French resistance fighters. Dino & Izzy use forged documents to acquire a motorcycle and sidecar and then proceed to all the various enemy command posts in the vicinity of Normandy and convince all of the commanding officers that Himmler is holding a party that evening and that they are all invited to attend. That night, all the Nazi leaders gather for what they believe is a banquet in their honor but are soon rounded up by the French Underground and the Howlers and placed in a holding cell. The Howlers then set out to a local Nazi airfield where they destroy all the planes that could have been used in defense against the impending invasion. While trying to flee, after their successful blitzkrieg , the Howlers are captured and interrogated by the base’s Kommandant, Colonel Von Papen, regarding what their mission is really about. Von Papen informs Hitler that he believes they are a preliminary blow before a larger invasion but Hitler tells him that would be impossible and to execute the commandos at once. Von Papen obeys and has the Howlers lined up before a firing squad, but before the deed can be done, the French Resistance shows up and rescues Fury and his men. They make their way back to the beach just as the D-Day invasion is beginning and the Howlers take the lead storming the waiting German forces, who are set up in concrete bunkers. The Howlers manage to destroy two of the bunkers which allow the Allied forces to move into what had been considered an impregnable front. The Howlers are then carried back to England, wondering if this really will be the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime.

Appearing in "The Origin of S.H.I.E.L.D."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #135.

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  • Hydra (First appearance)
    • An unnamed section leader (Only appearance; dies)
    • Imperial Hydra (First appearance)
    • Agent H (First appearance)
    • Several unnamed agents (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Origin of S.H.I.E.L.D."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #135.

Col. Nick Fury reports to the Pentagon where he is mysteriously cloned. Full of questions, he is then escorted to the streets above where the clones have been positioned to protect Fury from hidden assassins. Shoved into a car, another attack is thwarted by various spy gadgets that the car is equipped with. He is told about S.H.I.E.L.D. and that the attacks have come from HYDRA, where the agent responsible for the failed attacks on Fury is killed by Agent H, who replaces him. At S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Fury is greeted by Tony Stark, who is in charge of the Special Weaponry Section and told that he has been chosen to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. in their mission to destroy HYDRA. At first, Fury is reluctant, but after uncovering a bomb that had been rigged to blow up him and high-ranking officials, he quickly takes control and agrees to lead S.H.I.E.L.D.

Appearing in "The Crackdown of Capt. Flint!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos #11.

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  • unnamed German soldiers

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  • PT boat

Synopsis for "The Crackdown of Capt. Flint!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos #11.

Captain Sam Sawyer tells Sergeant Nick Fury that he (Sawyer) will be training other commandos for two weeks. Sawyer's replacement, Captain Flint, arrives and makes his presence known by ordering the entire camp to assemble. The Howling Commandos are on the infiltration course and miss the roll call. Sergeant "Bull" McGiveney drives out to the course and tells Fury to report as is. "Look at you!!" says Flint. "You're a disgrace to that uniform!! Did you ever hear of shaving cream?? Well—use it!!"

Several days later, Flint gives the Howlers a mission. They must destroy a convoy carrying V-2 parts through Normandy, and Flint will accompany them. "According to the book, the perfect commanding officer sets an example for his men," says Flint. Oh no, thinks Fury. Flint wonders aloud why Sawyer never went along on missions. Colonel Parker overhears him and sets him straight: Sawyer almost single-handedly paved the way for the invasion of North Africa, Sawyer is a demolitions expert, Sawyer and the Howling Commandos are "one of the most decorated fighting units in the entire command!" After Sawyer was wounded, he began training other commandos.

A submarine drops Flint and the squad in a rubber raft off the Normandy coast. They scale a cliff. The lights of the convoy are visible in the distance. Flint orders them to start planting mines in the road—"just like the manual says!" A German scout plane flies over, and the observer sees something shining in the road—Flint's captain bars on his helmet. "Even on the battlefield, a good soldier is a properly dressed soldier," Flint has just remarked. The pilot warns the convoy. The observer fires at the commandos. Fury manages to pull Flint out of the line of fire, but Flint's head falls on a rock, and he's unconscious. Fury takes over. Dugan takes down the scout plane with a grenade. Cohen fires prone at the lead truck and hits the gas tank; the truck explodes and rolls, blocking the road. Pinkerton drops from a tree onto the second truck and surprises the gunner, then steers the truck into the first one. Manelli puts on a German uniform and directs the subsequent drivers to detour—right over the cliff. The squad prepares to go back down the cliff and meet the PT boat that will pick them up.

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Flint regains consciousness just as a stray German soldier stumbles across him. Jones blows his horn, which distracts the soldier long enough for Fury to knock him out. The noise, though, has drawn three more soldiers. Flint throws a rock and knocks out one of them, then punches out the other two. Fury, Jones, and Flint follow the others down the cliff, where the squad ditch their gear and swim out to sea. The boat, without slowing down, scoops them out of the water with a sort of lasso on a sort of davit.

Back at base, the Howlers anticipate their punishment from Flint. Sawyer returns and meets Flint, who is unshaven and casually dressed. He says, "The time I spent with your Howlers was the most profitable period of my Army career! I learned something I never realized before... you can't always go by the book!"

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