BLITZKRIEG SQUAD

Membership: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Colonel Klaue, Ernst Mueller, Fritz von Sydow, Ludwig Schroeder, Manfred Adler, Otto Rabe, Siegfried Farber

Purpose: To defeat the Howling Commandos

Affiliations: The Teutonic Knight

Enemies: Nina Bergson, Winston Churchill, Howling Commandos (Isadore "Izzy" Cohen, Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Dino Manelli, Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton, Robert "Reb" Ralston), Invaders (Captain America, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Spitfire, Sub-Mariner, Union Jack (Brian Falsworth)), Maulers, General Bernard Lee Montgomery, Jim Morita

Aliases: Blitz Squad

Base of Operations: Mobile, based out of Germany during World War II

First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (January, 1965)

History: (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14) - Ordered by Adolf Hitler to find some way to defeat Sgt. Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker spent hours studying the files on the Howlers. He finally concluded that the best way to defeat them would be to create a commando squad of Nazis who could match each of the Howlers' skills. He recruited the strongman Siegfried to match "Dum-Dum" Dugan; the flute player Otto to match Gabe Jones; the mechanic Ludwig to face "Izzy" Cohen; the charming Fritz to counter Dino Manelli; the horseriding Ernst to defeat "Reb" Ralston; and the aristrocrat Manfred to face "Pinky" Pinkerton. Strucker personally trained the six men under his command, until he was satisfied that they were the equals of the Howling Commandos, and called them his Blitzkrieg Squad.

For their first mission together, Strucker constructed a phony V-2 rocket site in German territory that was situated under cover that would prevent aerial bombardment, predicting that the Allies would send the Howling Commandos as a ground force. Strucker was correct, and the Blitzkrieg Squad lay in wait within the phony site to face their opposite numbers. They each fought with their counterparts, but the Howlers managed to evade them and fled the site, disguised in Nazi uniforms.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#20) - The Blitzkrieg Squad invaded Kerrydale Castle, Scotland to release a number of Luftwaffe being held prisoner there. When the British responded by forming lines around the castle, Strucker used the soldiers who had been guarding the castle as hostages in an attempt to escape. The Howling Commandos were parachuted into the castle to stop Strucker, and the Howlers triumphed over each of their counterparts. In the end, Strucker and the entire squad were turned over to the military.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#22) - The Blitzkrieg Squad engaged the Howling Commandos again on a mission in Romania. Each of them again fought with their counterpart, and were quickly defeated. The Howlers left the beaten Blitzkrieg Squad defeated upon the battlefield while they continued on their assignment.

(Invaders I#30) - The Teutonic Knight created a diversion for the Blitzkrieg Squad by attacking London with der Fliegentod so that the Squad could assassinate Winston Churchill and General Bernard Law Montgomery. As they were sneaking up upon the meeting place, they noticed the Atlantean flagship of the Sub-Mariner in the sky, but Strucker believed that they hadn't been noticed. However, Strucker was wrong, and the Invaders emerged from the craft to attack them. The Invaders defeated the entire Blitzkrieg Squad and placed them into the custody of the military.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#39) - Siegfried was briefly assigned to Festung von Furcht under the command of Colonel Klaue, away from the rest of the Blitzkrieg Squad. When the Howling Commandos invaded the base to find the Thunderer jet, Siegfried was able to continue his feud with Dugan, but Dugan once again triumphed over Siegfried.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41) - The Blitzkrieg Squad were placed under the command of Colonel Klaue, and sent to assassainte Winston Churchill when he was due to present a medal to Nick Fury at Able Company base.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#47 - BTS) - The Blitzkrieg Squad were released from custody by Colonel Klaue.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48) - Klaue led the squad in an attempt to destroy a number of munitions depots in England. They were then ordered to break into Able Company base and kill the Howling Commandos. Once again, the Blitzkrieg Squad were defeated, and the Howlers placed them in their stockade.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers and George Roussos.

The last names of Ernst, Fritz, Ludwig, Manfred, Otto & Siegfried were revealed in Marvel Atlas#1.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Blitzkrieg Squad should not be confused with:


ERNST MUELLER

Ernst was a German who was a skilled horserider, and was serving in the German cavalry when he was recruited into the Blitzkrieg Squad to counter Robert "Reb" Ralston, who was also renowned for his horseback riding abilities. Ernst eventually trained himself with the lasso so that he could mimick another of Ralston's talents.

Ernst wore an army cap as his headgear.

--Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (20, 22, Invaders I#30, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41, 48












FRITZ VON SYDOW

Fritz was a German who was infamous for being a charming, roguish ladies man. He received personal citations for bravery under fire. He was recruited into the Blitzkrieg Squad in order to counter Dino Manelli, who was likewise infamous for his charm.

Like Dino, Fritz wore an army side cap as his headgear.

--Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (20, 22, Invaders I#30, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41, 48












LUDWIG SCHROEDER

Ludwig was a German mechanical genius. He was recruited into the Blitzkrieg Squad in order to counter the Howling Commandos' Isadore "Izzy" Cohen, renowned for his mechanical ability.

Like Izzy, Ludwig usually wore a helmet.

--Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (20, 22, Invaders I#30, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41, 48













MANFRED ADLER

Manfred was a Prussian aristrocrat who carried a walking stick that contained a sword. He was recruited into the Blitzkreig Squad in order to counter the Howling Commandos' Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton, renowned for his aristrocratic personality and for wielding an umbrella in combat.

Like Pinky, Manfred wore a beret for headgear.

--Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (20, 22, Invaders I#30, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41, 48












OTTO RABE

Otto was a German who was skilled at playing the flute. Because of his skill with music, he was recruited into the Blitzkrieg Squad in order to counter the Howling Commandos' Gabe Jones, renowned for his bugle playing. Otto would sometimes use his flute to disorient foes or lead them into traps.

Otto's choice of headgear was usually a toque, just as Gabe often wore.

--Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (20, 22, Invaders I#30, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41, 48











SIEGFRIED FARBER

Siegfried was a strong German who was prone to barfights. He was recruited into the Blitzkrieg Squad in order to counter the Howling Commandos' Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, also renowned for his strength. Siegfried and Dum-Dum's personal rivalry eclipsed that of any of the other squad members. Siegfried was also briefly assigned to Festung von Furcht.

Siegfried's constant choice of headgear was a Bavarian alpine hat, easily as distinctive as Dum-Dum's derby.

--Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (20, 22, Invaders I#30, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#39, 41, 48











Images taken from:
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 1
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14, page 7, panel 4 (not counting ads)
Ernst- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 3, panel 8
Fritz- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 3, panel 7
Ludwig- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 3, panel 6
Manfred- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 3, panel 9
Otto- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 3, panel 5
Siegfried- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48, page 3, panel 4


Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (January, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Dick Ayers (penciler), George Roussos (inker)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#20 (July, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Dick Ayers (artist), Frank Giacoia (inker)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#22 (September, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Dick Ayers (artist), Carl Hubbell (inker)
Invaders I#30 (July, 1978) - Don Glut (writer), Alan Kupperberg (artist), Frank Springer (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#39 (February, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dick Ayers (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#41 (April, 1967) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dick Ayers (artist), John Tartaglione (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#48 (November, 1967) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (artist), John Severin (inker), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 04/30/06

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