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CAPTAIN KASHA

Real Name: Kasha (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (early 1950s era) (Tibetan citizen)

Occupation: Military commander/freedom fighter

Group Membership: Tibetan military

Affiliations: Fellow Tibetan commanders

Enemies: Communist Chinese

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Tibet

First Appearance: Battlefront#48/5 (August, 1957)

Powers/Abilities: Kasha was a cunning military strategist, including guerrilla warfare. A proud Tibetan, he was also a bit of a traditionalist.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Battlefront#48/5 (fb) - BTS) - Kasha was respected in the ancient Tibetan village-fort he lived in. In the military, Kasha rose to the rank of captain when Communist Chinese forces invaded Tibet (see comments). He furiously held off the Chinese army for seven weeks, also secretly integrating secret passageways into the old walls. His refusal to surrender made him a symbol of bravery and courage to his fellow Tibetans.

(Battlefront#48/5) - In a renewed attack, Chinese tanks rolled up to the village's fortified walls, so Kasha again ordered old cannons, first used to repel the Chinese centuries before, to fire back. Kasha's strategy was that tanks that made it past were dumped with boiling water and rocks, while catapults were used against Chinese infantry, forcing another retreat. The next day, the Chinese colonel leading the attack adopted a new strategy by offering food, clothing, tobacco, trinkets and money in exchange for allowing Chinese troops in. Kasha and his men also took a new approach and accepted the offer, to the incredulity and disdain of the locals. But that night, Kasha and his close soldiers used the old fort's hidden passageways to kidnap and murder many Chinese officers while they slept. The next night, Kasha targeted the doubled Chinese guards and vowed to continue fighting for Tibet's freedom, despite the villagers calling him traitor.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer and Paul Reinman (pencils & inks).

"Kasha" is (also) the name of the now-former local government of Tibet (often termed Kashag) established during the Qing Dynasty and ruling until the 1950s.

Kasha's village looks a lot like Potala Palace (the former residence of the Dalai Lama) in Lhasa in what is now Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

The autonomy/independence of Tibet has a tangled history. Some Chinese nationals assert it was a "peaceful liberation", while some Tibetans claim an invasion in 1950 that came to a head at the Battle of Chamdo. At any rate, this story should be considered Earth-616 and not a precise reflection of real-world history.

This was the last story published in the last issue of the Atlas-era Battlefront title.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Kasha has no known connections to:


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Battlefront#48/5, p1, pan1 (main image)
   p2, pan4 (headshot)


Appearances:
Battlefront#48/5 (August, 1957) - uncredited writer, Paul Reinman (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 11/12/18

Last updated: 11/12/18

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