LAST EDITED ON Nov-22-17 AT 06:44 PM (EST)
Randomly came up with another member of the 511th today.
Fabrizia Anna-Magdalena Russo
Tenente, Armada Veneziana Aviazione Navale
Lieutenant, Venezian Naval Aviation
Date of Birth: May 2, 1929
Familiar: Piedmontese bull
Striker model: Fiat G.55S Strega
Weapon of choice: Mauser MG 151/20 autocannon
Notes: "Fiasco" Russo earned her nickname during the Battle of Britannia, in an incident that involved a Fliegerhammer rocket launcher, a downed but still active ground attack Neuroi, a petrol station, and the peaceful Dorset village of Tyneham. If you've never heard of Tyneham, that's because there is no longer any such place. All parties involved are bound by the Official Secrets Act not to disclose precisely what happened, but while it is plain to any observer who now passes through the area that the village has been completely destroyed, it appears that no one died in the incident... whatever the incident was.
At any rate, it seems not to have done permanent harm to Russo's career, although even though virtually no one knows exactly what happened, she has never managed to live it down. After the conclusion of the Gallia campaign, her unit returned to mainland Europe to conduct operations in support of the liberations of Venezia and Romagna. Russo distinguished herself sufficiently in that campaign that Colonel Knoke scouted her for her new Joint Fighter Wing the following year.
Fabrizia Russo is possessed of immense physical courage and strength, the latter sufficient to allow her to wield a heavy cannon despite not using a Striker optimized for heavy weapons. She also has tremendous endurance, both physical and magical. On the other hand, she's about as subtle as a Tallboy bomb, both in combat and out, and her fire discipline often leaves something to be desired. One of the few tangible repercussions from the Tyneham Incident, besides the annihilation of Tyneham, is that she is no longer permitted to use rocket launchers.
Yes, she does get a lot of kidding about the fact that her familiar is a bull and most distinctly not a cow. Yes, she's heard the one about. Yes, she's pretty tired of it. And yes, if you keep that up she is going to punch you. Probably quite hard.
Followers of the various gaming threads over the years will recognize Fabrizia as the World Witches version of a character from my old XCOM 2012 game, who once wiped out a Sectoid abduction squad single-handedly with the help of a rocket launcher, a botched shot with same, and a conveniently placed gas station. Guadalajara was never the same after that.
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This is serendipity on a grand scale. It could only be better if her familiar was a sheep, but a bull works too.
I bring this up because during one of the Italian Empire's attempted conquests of Ethiopia (specifically the Second Italo-Abyssinian War), the Italian Army marched through the Danakil Desert supported by an aerial supply column. Since the Italian soldiers refused to eat the standard prepackaged rations that came with their kit, and since fresh meat would have spoiled in the desert heat, they had to come up with a solution.
That solution was attaching parachutes to live sheep and bulls and shortly thereafter hurling them out of low-flying aircraft.
I am not making this up.
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