Romeo Three Zero

- A Special Air Service troop on operations in the Kafer War -


Romeo Three Zero, the callsign of No.11 Troop, R (Rifles) Squadron of Britain's 24 Special Air Service Regiment, found itself at the cutting edge of the British war effort against the Kafers. It saw service on five worlds against a range of enemies human and alien, but gained most fame for its role in the destruction of the Kafer Safe Place in New Africa's Westmarch. Although far from an exceptional unit the media coverage it received made it one of the most documented British small units since the Twilight War.

Author's Note:

This article is my interpretation of the activities of a near typical special forces team during 2300AD's Invasion. It represents a well trained, but far from invincible, group of soldiers operating on the fringe of humanities struggle with the Kafers. Although it takes a British SAS team as its focus it could have taken one of a vast array of international SF groups.


Thanks to Bryn Monnery for the stats of several weapons mentioned below. Thanks also to David Gillon for several concepts such as 30 Commando/Assault Unit, the Manticore and HMS Unseen.


We were lost, no doubt about it. The PNAV network was definitely u/s, the few remaining satellites' signals couldn't reach us through the canopy. The jury-rigged McGuffin the boffins had set up to get a rough nav-fix off the signals the CT sats were giving off was going through one of its many uncooperative phases. The patrol head-shed was having a near silent argument, furious disagreement obvious in the stabbing gestures and finger pointing. I guess the Bosses' attempt to navigate by the night-time stars as seen from the surface of BCV-4 had gone somewhat awry.

I looked around the small clearing atop the near vertical ridge line we'd just climbed. Although covering their arcs the rest of the patrol was hurriedly catching its breath back, gulping water or cramming an energy bar down. The only exception was Lofty, who rested at the centre of the clearing, his brown face was stretched in a tight grimace. He'd been manpacking the tac nuke for the last few hours as well as his VR5 SBGL, share of the ammo and personal kit, refusing all offers of aid.

The head shed had finished its silent debate and was swiftly stowing its navigation kit. (Should we not be taught sign language in Continuation?) Then we were on the move again, contouring along the edge of the ridge line.

We were an eight man fighting patrol of the Special Air Service, not only armed to the teeth with conventional weapons and prototype tailored biologicals created by an alien species, but also equipped with a tactical nuclear weapon and detonation codes. Our task was to infiltrate a major alien fortification and plant this nuke deep in its belly and then escape. The planning staff at ComOps reckoned if successful we could avoid up to 3000 casualties to our troops if they had to attack conventionally.

All sounded good in practise. Just a pity that out on the ground we were completely lost and out of comms with our recce element. Elite troops my arse, we were just over-armed boy scouts.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM


Eleven Troop

French Continent, Beta Canum - 4
Southern Continent, Beta Canum - 4
British Continent, Beta Canum - 4
Nous Voila

Operational Issues
Role Playing
Appendix 1 - Reinforcements
Appendix 2 - Glossery of Terms

Eleven Troop

'A finer body of men you couldn't wish to meet. Entirely representative of the finest of the Commonwealth military tradition in unconventional warfare, it was my honour to present you with the array of awards you have earned with your utter professionalism and understated heroism. The extent of your service on a variety of worlds will not be revealed for some time for security reasons. I was especially pleased to decorate your commander, a fellow Old Etonian like myself.'

Extract from speech by General Sir George Brooke, GOC II (Commonwealth) Corps, Commonwealth Expeditionary Forces, Beta Canum-4.

'Big awards ceremony. Many Brass Hats. Gongs galore: 2 Brit, 1 Frog, a couple of tinny somethings from New Africa and an Order of the Golden Chicken 1st Class (or some-such) from some multi-national foundation for me alone. Big hangover from night before, don't remember much. R2Ø and R4Ø busy extracting urine. Letter from home arrived together with saucy pic of Annabelle, greatly appreciated!

Diary Entry 09/11/02 - Captain A F StJ Carlton MC, CdeG

11 Troop, or Romeo Three Zero (abbreviated as R3Ø) as it was usually known by its callsign, participated in the Kafer War and was almost a typical troop of the colonial service 24 SAS.


R (Rifles) Squadron was raised around a kernel of volunteers from the 2nd Independent Rifle Company, the close recce company from the 2nd Light Brigade then based on Alicia, in 2212. A training cadre from 22 SAS was responsible for running an ad-hoc Selection process to weed out unsuitable members of the 2nd Rifles and then to begin to build up the unit to operational strength with volunteers from the rest of the brigade and the wider garrison.

The training cadre was notable for its number of mavericks, including several soldiers who had taken part in the raising of both L and P Squadrons in the previous decade. Selection was an exceptionally testing one run across the vertiginous mountains of the interior of Alicia, and it took several years to establish the unit at close to full strength. It swiftly gained a reputation for tough, uncompromising soldiering, specialising especially in maritime operations in the Ramadenthine Archipelago. It was linked closely with native Alician military and paramilitary units, whilst operating clandestinely in the Archipelago against French and Alician pirates and sometimes the French military. R Sqn tried to maintain its links to its RGJ roots but increasingly came to be dominated by RM SBS personnel seconded to the unit due to its maritime role.

R Sqn remained on Alicia until the formation of 24 SAS under Lt.Col Peter Cameron in 2274, when it was brought under the command of that regiment and rotated across to Wellon. The squadron was re-organised, much to the disgust of the 'old hands', into a typical SAS Sabre Squadron, losing its maritime role. Many of the maritime specialists were rotated out to other 24 SAS units whilst an influx of newcomers came in to establish some of the new specialisations within R Sqn.

11 Troop was to become the squadron's Interface Troop, tasked with both traditional parachute insertion methods and trans-orbital operations. Much of the training took place at the Royal Wellon Aerospace Force's Colenso complex but RJSF orbital facilities were also used. The whole squadron was slowly trained in the basic methods of airborne insertion, but it was 11 Troop who had to become experts and the best part of six months was spent perfecting their skills. Naturally the other troops whose training consisted of driving across the Blight desert, diving in freezing seas or operating on airless moons were quite jealous of 11 Troop's 'skydiving holiday'. In the event though operating in 11 Troop has proved just as dangerous as other troops within the squadron, with an average of one fatality in training every two years.

R Sqn's conversion training coincided with their operational commitments on Wellon which could not be neglected. In Wellon they undertook a range of duties; training local units, operating in the Southern Archipelago and providing an anti-terrorist team - although this role was handed over to the RWC in 2277 and R Sqn helped establish the WO5 squad. In 2280 R Sqn rotated to New Africa in the BCV system where they assumed the task of ready squadron for the French Arm and it was kept busy thanks to Manchurian privateers operating against the French as a result of the Central Asian War. According to the Crater Miner's Association SAS troops were also deployed on Crater in this period and its is likely they would be from R Sqn. In 2286 the squadron deployed permanently to New Cornwall on Joi in response to the escalating Elysian War of Independence. Although officially a 'precautionary' deployment the squadron's highly classified operations resulted in several fatalities, which were dismissed as 'training accidents' but rumours of operations on Elysia abound.

R Squadron returned to Alicia in 2292 for a tour that turned out to be disappointingly quiet in spite of an outbreak of serious skirmishing in the Archipelago. The SAS were deployed only for strategic reconnaissance tasks and took no part in the fighting on orders from British higher command. Instead starting in 2294 the squadron provided a cadre to help in the formation of the Alician SAS, with whom links remain close. In 2296 an 11 Troop team precipitated the capture of a French special operations team from I/2e REP on Alician territory which seriously embarrassed the French colonial administration.

That same year R Squadron rotated to BCV as the resident squadron at a time when, post Reunification War, tensions between French and German colonies were slowly declining. However a new menace had appeared on the frontier at Arcturus, the Kafers. Although at the time P Squadron was the designated ready squadron the tempo of operations meant that R Sqn was increasingly called upon for tasks off BCV and the movement of a 22 SAS Sabre Squadron to the French Arm was mooted.



As mentioned above 11 Troop is R Squadron's Interface Troop and is organised in the same way as the other interface troops in 22 and 24 SAS. At full strength, which it rarely is, 11 Troop has 16 soldiers. These are divided into four patrols each of four men. Each patrol has people designated as a commander, not always the highest ranked soldier, a signaller and a medic. However these specialisations usually relate to who carries what kit and most troopers possess these, and other, skills to varying degrees. These patrols are generally known by their callsigns - which are usually in the R3Ø series, i.e. Romeo Three One (R31), but change frequently.

The key to the SAS system is flexibility. The four man patrol is the basic building block and standard operating unit. However these can be combined to provide an eight man patrol should extra manpower be required for a certain mission, or indeed the whole troop can mass should operations require it. Similarly the Squadron, composed of four such troops, can mix and match at a higher level.

The troop should ideally contain and officer, a Captain and three senior NCOs, either Colour Sergeants or Sergeants, although the officer is sometimes replaced by a CSgt or WOII. It should be noted that the officer is not necessarily in actual (rather than on paper) command of the troop, the officer is there to learn and be assessed as to their suitability for further employment in the unit. The remainder of the personnel are either junior NCOs or Troopers, unlike many other nations' special forces, soldiers joining the SAS must loose their rank and revert to Trooper. Consequently many troopers are highly experienced soldiers.

In 2300 before deploying to Aurore the unit had a strength of 14 soldiers including one officer and two exchange soldiers - one from America and one from Alicia. The troop also had a number of soldiers who had transferred across from the Wellonese 25 SAS, part of a policy to bolster 24 SAS which had fallen well below strength in the previous years. As a result the unit has a cosmopolitan make-up common to 24 SAS but unusual in the Earth based 22 SAS.

Eleven Troop, like all British SAS units, has a great deal of flexibility over the choice of equipment it uses. In the last decade the classic, highly reliable 7.5mm CSR-8 has been largely replaced by the modern German SK-19 as the assault weapon of choice within the 24 SAS Sabre Squadrons, although some retain the older weapon or other weapons. In addition the versatile Vickers-Rockwell Mk.5 machine gun, usually with the Short Barrel & Grenade Launcher adaptation is popular in the troop. A variety of other weapons including sniper rifles, heavy weapons and missiles are also available for use. The unit has a variety of Quads and the new Hawker Hover Rover 500 in its vehicle fleet.


Troopers in the unit have undergone a wide range of training prior to entering the Troop. All will have the basic military skills learnt with their parent corps and regiments and many will be highly trained in conventional military skills. Subsequently they will have learnt the basic SAS skills and operating procedures during the final stages of Selection. All will then undergo two months of accelerated freefall and orbital drop training as a 'wind down' after the stress of Selection.

Once assigned to a Sabre Squadron they will undergo on-the-job training known as Continuation. They will be tutored by experienced soldiers within the unit as well as being sent off on cadres run either by squadron personnel or by friendly garrisons or colonial militaries. (On BCV for example, demolitions courses were undertaken with HQ Royal Engineers New Africa.) It usually takes a minimum of two years before the trooper is accepted as being fully effective in the squadron.

R Sqn in general and Eleven Troop in particular undergo frequent unit training. As part of the duties of the resident squadron on New Africa R Squadron is tasked to maintain a counter-terrorist QRF to protect UK interests and back-up the British New Africa Police PATU. This is a role that is given to one troop at a time but results in all of the squadron maintaining their entrance and close quarter battle skills at every opportunity. In addition the squadron practises its skills in jungle patrolling in the rain forests of the continent as well as mobility skills on the Grasslands. Eleven Troop also conducts several parachute and orbital drops a year as part of the process of keeping its insertion skills up to scratch.

In recent years the Squadron has trained alongside the small SBS detachment assigned to HMS Unseen in littoral operations. Prior to their deployment to Aurore Eleven Troop was trained by a team from P Squadron on Auroran conditions. They also went to the French Continent to attend their recently established anti-Kafer warfare battle school and train with French SF due to deploy to Aurore in the same time-frame.



'Personality? Captain la-di-dah f****** Carlton!? I've seen no f****** sign of one…'

Sergeant Carl Dent

Captain Alistair Carlton

Ally Carlton is a member of the British upper classes, although born and raised in mid-Wales this origin is almost undetectable. His education is as impeccable as his accent, being schooled at Eton and Oxford University. However his academic studies took second place to his sporting and social interests, and although he achieved a rugby 'blue' he gained only a mediocre degree. This dilatory attitude, especially when compared with his high achieving siblings, brought him into conflict with his patrician father. Consequently he ran away to join the Foreign Legion but after a mere four weeks his family tracked him down and managed to get his contract torn up.

On his return he was pushed towards a career in the British Army and after attending Sandhurst, where he finally excelled, was commissioned into the 4th Battalion Royal Green Jackets. As a junior subaltern in the Rifles he found his true calling in life, mastering the intricacies of service with an infantry battalion. After a stint commanding the battalion's recce platoon he decided to attempt Selection, which he passed with a poor pass at the first attempt. Once he had completed his training he was assigned to No.11 Troop.

Carlton is a competent conventional officer, with a flair for junior command and an ability to train a platoon to the highest levels. However within the special forces environment he has proved less adept and he has yet to gain the confidence of his fellow members of the troop. This has increased his levels of dissatisfaction and he has begun to look forward to his return to his parent battalion.

Corporal Dave Rush

Dave Rush was born in Otago in New Zealand but at the age of 10 emigrated to Alicia with his parents. The differences in Alician and New Zealand society made a big impression on the youthful Rush and he became a difficult adolescent in spite of being academically gifted. He trained as a fisherman working the Ramadenthian Archipelago, but soon tired of the lifestyle and enlisted, serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Alicia. He served two tours in the troubled Archipelago earning recognition for his soldiering and leadership skills with promotion to Lance Corporal.

He left the ADF after a three year stint and used his accumulated wages to travel to the core away from Beowulf. He spent a year and a half in his native New Zealand, serving for part of the time as a volunteer soldier before travelling across to Tirane. In Wellon his money, and his tolerance of low paying bar jobs, ran out and he joined the Wellon Army, serving with the Royal Wellon Regiment. The skills he had learnt in the ADF soon marked him out amongst his peers and he swiftly rose to the rank of Corporal.

He served a tour on attachment to the Royal Southern Regiment in the Southern Archipelago, passed his Mountain Leader's cadre and had been promoted to Sergeant at the age of 29. He was persuaded to attempt Selection which he passed with ease at the first attempt, joining the mountain troop in B Squadron 25 (Wellon) SAS. A personality clash with the Squadron Commander caused Rush to take advantage of an exchange posting with 24 SAS. After four years of service he has transferred to the British Army to remain with 24 SAS, whose frontier soldiering has finally satisfied much of his wonderlust.

Corporal Rush is immensely physically fit and continues to enjoy mountain climbing when he can. His success as a soldier is due to two factors, his relaxed, common sense outlook on life, combined with the rigid self-discipline and tactical nous learnt in the hard school of the ADF's infantry. His job in the patrol is to prevent the newly assigned Troop Commander from making too many mistakes. He has two children by a New Middlesex business woman who only just tolerates his long absences, although her attempts to make him settle down have been noticeably unsuccessful.

Trooper John Owens

John Owens was born and bred in urban Sheffield, at the southern tip of the West Riding Metroplex. He was a poor performer and attendee at school, having numerous brushes with the police over petty crimes. At 16 at the urging of his family he joined an Army College scheme which provided military and vocational training, until he could transfer to the Army proper at 18 when he joined the 1st Bn of the Yorkshire Regiment.

In 1 YORKS Owens quickly gravitated to the Support Company, serving with both with Recce and Mortars as a member of an MFC party. However Owens had little desire for rank, indeed he went out of his way to avoid it and found his advancement into jobs he found 'interesting' stymied. Instead of trying to fight the system within the battalion he attempted Selection and passed at his second attempt after an injury forced his to leave the first course. He was first assigned to D Squadron of 22 SAS before moving on to 24 SAS, allegedly after a tour with the ISW.

Owens still has little desire for rank but is one of the more accomplished soldiers in the Troop having attended a whole raft of courses. Owens is competent with most weapons systems, vehicles, demolitions, communications and is a reasonable medic. Of medium height and wiry build Owens is a quiet, thoughtful soldier. In recent years he has married a New African woman with whom he has a genuinely close relationship.

Trooper Rob 'Mark' Anthony

'Mark' Anthony is the youngest member of the unit at 22. London born he joined the Army as a boy soldier at 18 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Green Jackets. Although very fit, he was an accomplished junior footballer, he lacked maturity and found himself on the receiving end of not a few beatings. However these did not dampen his enthusiasm for soldiering which he had a fair talent. As a result of a bet he applied for Selection and to the surprise of many in his old battalion he passed with some ease. He has been assigned to R Squadron where he is undertaking Continuation training.

Anthony is a small, stocky bundle of energy who genuinely exasperates the other members of the Troop. In fact if he doesn't reign in some of his more youthful excesses he will find himself RTU'd from the unit in the not too distant future. John Owens is attempting to teach and calm the young rifleman and is having some success with the former if not the latter. Anthony's nickname comes from his conviction that he is irresistible to the opposite sex and his attempts to prove it on the dance floors of the French Arm at every opportunity.

Colour Sergeant Andy Harris

Andy Harris is approaching the end of his service with the SAS after 20 years in its ranks. Born in rural Buckinghamshire Harris is highly educated having studied Geography at Manchester University where he also joined the OTC. After graduating Harris decided to enlist and serve a short stint in the Army before looking for a more permanent job. Although he could have joined any regiment or corps in the army he decided to join one of its toughest units, the Parachute Regiment. His service with 2 PARA saw him reach the rank of Corporal in almost record time at the same time as studying for a Masters Degree. Encouraged to attempt selection he succeeded at the second attempt and was assigned to P Squadron.

Harris quickly established himself as a leading personality within the squadron, mixing an easy competence with a relaxed and natural style of leadership. Even as a trooper he would be given command of a patrol over the heads of higher ranked soldiers and officers. He became a leading light of extended duration long range patrolling and was recommended for commissioning by a succession of officers, an option which he repeatedly turned down. Harris also was in demand for a number of 'special tasks' undertaken under the auspices of various intelligence agencies such as FSG and RSNIS. He was transferred across to R Squadron to command 11 Troop on the accidental death of its previous Boss. A position he has held until the arrival of Captain Carlton, who is under Harris' tutelage.

Although not as young as he used to be, Harris is still very fit. Tall and well muscled he has quite an impressive presence although it is his operational efficiency, common sense and sound planning that gained his troopers' respect. Harris has only two years left to serve with the SAS, however it is believed that he will eventually be commissioned into the New African Defence Force to help develop the Dominion's special operations capability. Harris is twice divorced and has three children, two on earth and one on New Africa.

Corporal James 'Lofty' Rai

'Lofty' Rai, he only just tops 5'2'', was born to a military family at Narvik Garrison in Wellon where his father was an instructor at the North Albion Infantry Training Centre. However he soon left Narvik to live with his extended family in the High Pendragon mountains and contact with his parents was relatively infrequent. An excellent pupil at school he went on to study History at Churchill College, University of Cameron where he joined the 4th Battalion, New Scots Rifles as a volunteer soldier during his studies. On graduation he transferred to the crack Mountain Regiment where his father had just become RSM, the third member of the family to hold that position.

Driven by his desire not to let his family or his heritage down he successfully passed the Mountain Regiment's fearsome basic training. He excelled in the high mountain work, reaching Mountain Instructor level inside five years and spent a year leading a Mountain Rescue team with the regiment's second battalion. Whilst most of his service was with the arctic and mountain roled 1st Bn he also served on Earth on attachment with the Royal Marines in Terra's Arctic and Antarctic regions. Back on Wellon he began to feel the pressure of being a 'big fish in a small pond' as at the time several members of his family held senior positions in his regiment. To escape and make his own mark he attempted Selection and joined 25 SAS.

Lofty continued to prove that he was a fine soldier, quickly cementing his place in the Regiment and mastering the intricacies of special forces soldiering. He was one of a batch of Wellon SAS troopers who transferred across to 24 SAS in the early days of 2300. He is an accomplished demolitionist and heavy weapons man.

Trooper Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong

Titch Armstrong is another of the Romeo Three Zero's former Paratroopers. A hulking, heavily built 6'3'' tall Armstrong was born in Nottingham in the East Midlands of England. A trouble maker in his younger years he bounced between schools, and he joined the army as a boy soldier primarily to shock his middle class parents. His service in the Parachute Regiment was initially very good, but he started to question and cross authority soon after being assigned to 6 PARA based on BCV. Although an excellent field soldier he never missed an opportunity to goad his superiors, spending a two month stint in the New Aldershot 'Glasshouse'. He was eventually palmed off to the battalion's Assault Pioneers to keep him out of the hair of the rifle companies.

Two years later he was encouraged by his platoon commander to attempt Selection, which he passed with ease. His attitude has changed remarkably since arriving with R Squadron and he has become much more constructive although still can't pass up an opportunity to buck the system, especially when working with regular officers from any nation. Nevertheless he is becoming a key member of the troop, although the opposition of Carl Dent has prevented him being promoted. He is an aggressive, competent soldier.

Trooper Eric Woolf

Eric Woolf is a recent addition to the troop, having just passed Selection. He is unusual in the unit as he is from the Royal Marines. Woolf's family is from Bristol and is an impoverished part of the Woolf & Son Trading concern. Eric was a model student and sportsman, being both a sailor and rugby player as well as a keen member of several community projects. He gravitated to the military fairly late in life, joining up at 26. He passed his Black Commando course with good marks, served in a rifle company in 37 Commando before attempting the Red Commando course. Unfortunately he washed out of the course at the mid-way stage.

After being RTE'd he had trouble settling back into standard Commando routine and was attached instead to 3 Cdo Bde's Recce Sqn. On the advice of some friends he decided to volunteer for SAS (rather than SBS or Patrols) Selection as the chances of colonial deployments were higher. He passed Selection and having undertaken Drop training was assigned to 11 Troop after Continuation. He has settled well into the troop despite the constant, mostly good humoured, ribbing about his Royal Marines background. Woolf is a mature soldier, although relatively inexperienced in special operations he is a fine infanteer.

Sergeant Carl Dent

Carl Dent is a constant irritant in the running of the Troop. He suffers no fools, leaves no relationship untested and refuses to compromise on any issue however minor. He is also an exceptional operator with many years of experience and his few friends are ferociously loyal to him (including R Sqn's OC) and protect him. Dent was born to an impoverished single mother in the run down suburb of Keighley in the West Yorkshire Metroplex. Constantly in trouble in one form or another, he enjoyed brutal contact sports and was an indifferent student, yet when tested was remarkably intelligent.

His first contact with the military was with the TA's 8 PARA which he joined at the age of 17 and was a member of the 1st Airborne Brigade's Pathfinders before the year was out. He transferred to the regulars as soon as he passed his previously failed exams. He progressed rapidly through the system, training as a recce operator, sniper instructor and Pathfinder. However he never learned to polish the rough edges off his personality and was twice transferred between battalions after altercations with higher ranking soldiers.

At 27 he applied for Selection and sailed through it, being very well prepared and in the ten years since then he has risen to the rank of Sergeant in spite of several reprimands. He has worked with several specialist cells within 22 SAS before being transferred to 24 SAS. He also had a stint training the Flemish Army's Commandotroepen, allegedly including missions inside the French southern suburbs of Brussels. Dent is stocky, heavily muscled, tattooed and shaven headed. His soldiering skills are unquestioned, and capable of immense patience when on operations. When out of action he delights in taunting and irritating his colleagues.

Sergeant First Class Paul Maurice 'Mo' Jimenez

Mo Jimenez is a senior American NCO on secondment to 24 SAS, a member of the highly secretive Echo Force and a veteran of the Rangers and Green Berets. A native of New York section of the Megalopolis Jimenez is a tall, softly spoken man. Well educated and well travelled in his youth he drifted into the military, partly for the access to further education benefits, but swiftly discovered he had a real talent for soldiering. From his relatively relaxed position in a military intelligence unit on the border with Mexico he volunteered for the Rangers. He then moved onto the 1st Special Forces Group working out on the American Arm, specialising in data intrusion techniques and being engaged on proactive anti-Piracy operations. He was then head-hunted for Echo Force.

After several years of service Jimenez was chosen to be one of the Echo operators in a two year exchange with the British SAS. Initially assigned to the core based 22 SAS he was offered the unusual opportunity to work with 24 SAS and was assigned to R Squadron in time for their deployment to Aurore.

Jimenez is tall and unusually lanky for an Echo operator (who are usually more burly), he is relaxed, well read and very competent. Some of the more aggressive members of the troop had difficulty coming to terms with this cultured soldier although he has struck up and unlikely friendship with Carl Dent. He has proved an excellent member of the team and has blended completely into the unit especially as he usually wears British uniform. He is highly trained in data, communications and medical skills he is also a deceptively good hand to hand fighter.

Trooper Sheridan 'Jock' Butler

'Jock' Butler has been with the unit for the last couple of years and has just finished establishing himself. A native of the Irish garrison town of the Curragh, his nickname came from his objections over initially being known as 'Paddy', naturally the troop respected his wishes and started calling him Jock instead. Butler is a careerist, the son of a Colonel of the Connaught Rangers he followed his father into the regiment at 20 where he learnt the basics. After two years he applied for Selection intending to do a tour with special forces before applying for commission with the Connaughts. He has his career completely mapped out and aims to one day command a battalion at the very least.

Butler comes in for much abuse from his fellow troopers because of this, although their alternate nickname of 'The General' secretly pleases him. On joining the troop he was assigned to Carl Dent's patrol and has remained there ever since. Initially there were some spectacular arguments and the occasional fist fight between the two but the relationship has now settled down, with Butler learning much from his patrol commander. Butler is well spoken, usually even tempered and very much a ladies man with a clutch of New Aldershot girls on the go at any one time.

Sergeant Edward O'Neill

Eddie O'Neill is one of the troop seniors, but one who allows his actions to do his talking. Although born in Glasgow he grew up on the banks of the Moray Firth. His somewhat idyllic childhood was marked by a certain benign neglect from his parents which fostered an already existent sense of self-reliance in the young Scot. O'Neill was an indifferent pupil and was steered towards vocational courses in game-keeping and forestry. After a year of travelling following his graduation he chose a military career, joining the Gordon Highlanders. O'Neill enjoyed his early years in the regiment in a rifle company and then in the patrols company as the unit served with one of the Light Brigades. However the Gordons then re-roled to the armoured infantry role and O'Neill found himself in the mortar platoon which was much less to his liking.

His attempt to get out of battalion through Selection was quickly successful and he was posted first to A Squadron. He was eventually transferred to R Squadron as part of a cadre from 22 SAS sent out to aid the raising of the Alician SAS, initially in Mobility Troop. O'Neill is quiet to the point of silence, but is an effective leader, trainer and an excellent special forces soldier. Tall, well built and good looking, the epitome of the strong and silent type, O'Neill is still unmarried but is rarely short of female company on R&R.

Corporal Daffyd Morgan

Daff Morgan is yet another member of the Parachute Regiment in the troop's ranks. He was born in the South Wales town of Swansea and joined the Army College scheme to get a better education than would be available if he stayed at home. From there he moved onto the Paras, reaching battalion after twice breaking his leg during training at the Depot. Morgan was quickly marked out for his field craft and marksmanship, becoming his section's sharpshooter. He then went on to serve in the Sniper Section, then with Anti-Tanks before qualifying as a Sniper Instructor.

He decided to attempt Selection when his battalion was about to rotate back to Earth from BCV, partly to further himself and partly to stay with his partner, resident on BCV. Even at 30 he found Selection relatively easy and was attached to R Sqn, where he has spent the last five years rising to the rank of Corporal. Morgan is a softly spoken, wiry man of medium height, his long experience of the army has given him the knowledge to be able to manipulate his way through it systems with little difficulty. He works well in a team with Eddie O'Neill, usually doing the Scot's talking for him. Morgan is notable for his intense concentration when on operations, he is meticulous and rarely takes short cuts.

Corporal John 'JT' Taylor

John Taylor, usually known as JT, is on secondment to R Sqn from the Alician SAS as part of a program to widen the skill base in that new regiment. Taylor was actually born in the UK city of Bristol but emigrated as a child to Alicia with his family who became homesteaders in the central Ramadenthine Archipelago. Taylor's first job was with a harvester crew but he soon joined the Alician Maritime Regiment in response the then current wave of piracy on-going in the islands. He served with both battalions until transferring to the crack Brigade Patrol Group, with whom he soldiered for three years until the creation of the Alician SAS of whom he was a founder member.

Taylor is highly experienced in the littoral counter-insurgency operations undertaken by the Alician Defence Force as well as more covert maritime operations undertaken by the BPG and Alician SAS. He has had some difficulty in settling into R Squadron, due to his intensity and perceived lack of sense of humour. Nevertheless his superb skills in night operations are recognised along with his exemplary professionalism and his patrol mates are trying to tutor him in the value of more subtle special forces soldiering. Taylor has a wife at home on Alicia to whom he is devoted. He shares the common Alician prejudice against the French, which has the potential to cause problems in the future.


Sgt O'Neill's patrol, call-sign Charlie Three Three, was operating on the far left of the 2 PARA recce screen during their sweep through OA Isabelle. On the third day it unexpectedly contacted a strong Kafer force in a wadi. The patrol immediately attacked, killing and injuring numerous Kafers before initiating a fighting withdrawal. During this sharp action Cpl Morgan was hit in the leg, rendering him immobile, yet he continued to fight on covering the retirement of his comrades. After 15 minutes he was captured, after falling unconscious due to blood loss.

Sgt O'Neill's callsign was soon joined by another patrol under Sgt Dent and a mobile recce callsign from 2 PARA's C Company. O'Neill organised a counter-attack through the Kafer position during which 2 paratroopers were killed, with Pte Butler and three paratroopers injured. This sharp, vicious action threw back the Kafers from their ridge top position and recovered Cpl Morgan who had been brutalised and mutilated by his captors.

The small party led by Sgts O'Neill and Dent held their ground in the face of repeated Kafer assaults whilst SFC Jimenez USA (attached) and a 2 PARA CMT treated the injured and dying. The situation was precarious and the party were saved from being overwhelmed by the excellent fire support provided first by 2 PARA's mortars and then by French artillery and air support. Further callsigns from C Coy reinforced the position but the Pathfinder Platoon party refused to retire, continuing to fight and direct artillery fire whilst 2 PARA's A Coy assaulted the Kafers from the flank forcing them to retreat.

Extract from after-action citation by Capt Carlton,

DTG Classified, Aurore, Eta Bootis System


I can say in hindsight that I enjoyed our deployment to Aurore. Sure it wasn't real special forces soldiering and the paras f***** us around a bit but it was certainly testing. We did a pretty good job all things considered and we got a bit of kudos out of it. At the end of the day though it was fun.. I hate to admit it but it was. Aurore wasn't one of our worlds, wasn't our home. We had nothing at stake, it was just a test of our skills.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

United Kingdom Special Forces had been deployed on Aurore since 2298 when a troop from P Sqn was training with the Tanstaaflian Paramilitary Militia and was caught up in the first Kafer offensive. This troop played a key role in stymieing a Kafer thrust at the Battle of Plateau as well as providing the defenders with a much needed deep recce capability. However the small size of the team limited its effect and they were soon engaged in training the Rural Police in long range patrolling. This role was formalised after the human counter-attack in the British Army Training Team Tanstaafl or BAT3 manned usually by the SAS, SPS or other specialists.

However in 2300 a decision was taken to deploy a ground combat force of battle group size to fight under the auspices of the French. The 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment was chosen for this task and it was decided to send a special forces presence with the Battle Group. Its role was to provide the 2 PARA BG with integral SF support without having to call on resources from BAT3, although this was not strictly a strategic task it was one given to 11 Troop. To preserve some degree of security the unit was disguised as a Brigade Pathfinder unit on attachment to C (Patrols) Company, it consequently wore Parachute Regiment insignia. (Although a photo of Tpr Woolf shows him wearing a RM capbadge on his red beret.)

11 Troop arrived on Aurore with 2 PARA's advance party on the HMS Hollis in late October 2300 and initially based out of the prefabricated Camp Frost on the outskirts of the Cité d' Aurore. The troop was given a series of briefings by the 2e GRUFUMARCO, the French special operations force currently on-planet and as it was already acclimatised deployed into the first 2 PARA Operational Area - OA Michelle. Michelle was an agricultural area and had been swept numerous times by French troops but continued to be a site of low level infiltration from the nearby broadtop forests.

The troop deployed in its entirety to Michelle, working alongside scouts from the local Vedette battalion. They provided a patrolling presence near the most vulnerable farms, establishing OPs to cover key areas but were initially unsuccessful in locating Kafer forces and were reinforced by patrols from 2 PARA's C Company as the battalion finished its shake-out and deployed to the OA. This increased footprint was more successful, locating a remnant band in a wooded valley. The troop was used to provide OP coverage of the Kafers' movements prior to company level sweeps of the valley which provided the battle group with its first kills.

Operations continued in Michelle but with the troop increasingly outspoken about being used in a tactical role. In response CO 2 PARA Lt.Col Dance, deployed the troop to work exclusively to work with local troops and militia to generate intelligence about Kafer movements. In early-December the troop was withdrawn from Michelle to conduct reconnaissance in remote OA Marie where a company sized Kafer force had been located by callsigns from the Commando de Montfort and slated for destruction by a combined force including elements of 2 PARA, III/13e DBLE and I/4e REI. The operation was completely successful thanks in part to prior work by the troop and their 2e GRUFUMARCO colleagues.

The troop was given 3 days R&R before being temporarily attached under the command of the French corps commander. 2 PARA was being rotated into the airborne rapid reaction role and the CO felt he would have little need of his 'pathfinders' consequently he offered them to supplement the French SF effort. Initial taskings were on the fringes of human controlled territory where hardy colonists were returning to their farms in the face of Kafer raids. The troop was involved again with the Commando de Montfort and organised local militias, surveillance and patrolling schemes. They were then assigned to supplement the Commando Kieffer on two deep recce missions deep in the 'Bled'.

The troop returned to 2 PARA in mid-February to find the battle group resting and re-training after a busy period on quick-reaction duties that had seen the battalion make its first combat jumps for centuries. Although the troop was stood down it is understood that it undertook several small scale covert missions for the BAT3 Int Team. At the end of February 2 PARA was stood-to for duties in OA Isabelle a hard-core area just north of the Gouffre. The troop was again deployed early, operating with recce elements from 2 PARA and French battalions preparing the battlefield. They were also involved in liaising with Tanstaaflian forces on the other side of the Gouffre with whom BAT3 callsigns had deployed.

Operations in Isabelle were tied into a general offensive on both sides of the Gouffre and involved two months of increasingly high temp operations. The troop took part in several direct action missions including two long duration explosive ambushes. Isabelle proved an immensely challenging area of operations, especially with the Kafers retreating into the natural cave complexes. Here the troop took its first serious casualties with Cpl Morgan and Tpr Butler injured in a close fought firefight, later C/Sgt Harris was also rendered hors-de-combat. Cpl Morgan had to be repatriated to BCV for further treatment but the other two were soon returned to duty.

By the end of April the campaign was wound down in Isabelle and the troop was returned to BCV with the advance party of 2 PARA on HMS Speakman in mid-May 2301. The troop had worked hard at a high tempo and were anticipating a long period of leave. It was not to be.


I wasn't there when Dave Rush died, I was watching a newly raised French militia battalion run through its initial exercises. I did see his body however. It is amazing how injuries caused by tumbling down a mountain can look like 9mm APHE bullet wounds.

Passage deleted from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' by the Ministry of Defence

June saw the notorious Kafer Invasion begin with the obliteration of the German colony at Hochbaden with the loss of millions of lives. Aurore was cut off and Dunkelheim threatened. As part of the British response the small SPS force at Vogelheim supporting the peacekeeping mission in the Franco-German colony of Adlerhorst was given other duties. To replace them in what was foreseen as an easy posting 11 Troop was dispatched to the Vogelheim system, arriving in mid-June.

The men of R3Ø were understandably not amused at such a tasking so soon after returning from Aurore. This was not helped by some logistics bungles that left them without key equipment which had to be subsequently acquired by 'other measures'. The mission of the troop was to: provide SF support to the resident British battalion, (BRITBAT - based around the 1st Queen's Own (Seaforth) Highlanders), survey the key sites of the colony in terms of defence or counter-attack, and if needed to prepare the colony for guerrilla warfare against an occupying power.

On arrival they found the peacekeepers hastily re-organising to meet a potential threat from the Kafers. The CO of BRITBAT Lt.Col Drysdale had little time to spare for the new arrivals, consequently the Troop set to in rectifying their equipment deficiencies and sniffing out the situation on Adlerhorst. It quickly became obvious that both sides were beginning to ignore the arms limitations imposed by the Treaty of Darwin and began to gear up armament factories. In conjunction with RSNIS operatives the troop quickly discovered that hard-liners on both sides were making plans to exploit the situation.

At the start of July, the peacekeepers were re-organised into the Joint Vogelheim Brigade, which combined with French and German military and paramilitary forces would provide the colony with a strong defence force. Lt.Col Drysdale passed operational control of the troop to the commander of the JVB on its formation.

Only days after this Kafer warships entered the system and were engaged by the multinational fleet and rebuffed. However as the fighting commenced in space anti-Reunification elements of the newly mobilised Neumark Landwehr launched a military coup against the German colonial government. Rather than pitch German regular troops against the militia the government instead agreed to let the multinational forces deal with the situation. Lead elements of the JVB moved into the capital under the pretext of a an emergency defence exercise, and the fiery American paratrooper Colonel James G Vernon met with the conspirators with 11 Troop providing close protection.

The outcome was that the coup failed bloodlessly and the leaders resigned and were deported to the French colony. Vernon subsequently tasked 11 Troop as liaison officers, monitoring the training of the Landwehr and Milice forces on world. This would allow him to keep an eye on the most volatile elements which could destabilise the defence of the colony whilst allowing the fig-leaf of providing an SF training team with counter-Kafer combat experience.

In the following months it became obvious to the troop that both sides were using the military build up to prepare for the situation after the Kafers were defeated, but for the time most were playing fair in preparation for the defence of the colony. There were however several French-backed covert cells of extremists operating in the German colony whose aim was to precipitate military action. RSNIS operatives were involved in tracking these and a small team from the troop under C/Sgt Harris was detached for clandestine operations under RSNIS auspices.

It was at this time that the Troop suffered the tragic death of Cpl Dave Rush through a mountaineering accident in the backwoods of the colony. He was a very popular member of the unit and his death was commemorated in the usual style. He was buried in the small Commonwealth War Graves cemetery near the Adlerhorst spaceport. Some slightly better news was the return of Cpl Morgan from convalescence in New Africa, although his new Pentapod grown eyes invited much comment.

In September the worst of the crisis at Vogelheim seemed to have passed with the arrival of a strong fleet under the command of Admiral Rochemont. However a series of abortive efforts to relieve Aurore launched from Vogelheim were thrown back and counter-offensives launched. Late in October Rochemont requested the help of the JVB for a special task.


The noise of the Vickers guns was immense in the close confines of the wadi. We rapped out short aimed bursts of 7.5mm fire into the billowing smoke behind us. Heavy 12mm bullets from a machine gun post the Canadians had retaken thudded overhead, keeping the bugs off the open ground. The smoke and debris from the detonation of the stores had cut visibility right down, rendering the optics mostly useless. Thankfully we'd practised using this fall back route so many times we knew it blindfolded.

Lofty had shown up last at the ERV, lugging a pack of ammo and was now running our little rearguard action with John and myself. Everyone else was manhandling the wounded along the route. The three of us each had a VR5 SBGL and we could generate a massive volume of fire in these tight confines. It was only a matter of time before one of their leaders realised we were running for it and they came after us in earnest. Lofty was loving it: 'like the Spartans at Thermopylae eh?'.

'I bloody hope not,' I told him.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

The German colony world of Dunkelheim had been occupied by the Kafers in June 2301 with minimal fighting, but in August news of an active resitance movement called Widerstand arrived at Vogelheim. The next month elements of the German Kolonial Sonderverband 2 were infiltrated on world. In October more German SF followed along with parts of the mercenary Avante-Guarde and a team from I/2e REP. The results achieved by the Widerstand and by SF direct action increased dramatically and Rochemont, with support from commanders on Vogelheim and BCV, wanted to reinforce success. As a result more of I/2e REP and a composite force from the JVB was to be infiltrated on world. The JVB team were to be assigned to a rural district in the colony's backwoods.

Known as Équipe Raven or Team Raven, the force was built around 11 Troop, the only immediately available force, reinforced by volunteers from the rest of the Brigade. 5 members of the SASR came from AUSBAT whilst 6 soldiers with SSF experience stepped out of the ranks of CANBAT. USBAT provided a specialist communications team but was loath to part with any of its specialist pathfinder personnel so a squad of 8 was found from the US Marines' 4th Raider Company attached to the fleet. A KS2 NCO was attached to the team for liaison purposes.

This 35 strong team was quickly rushed into a week of pre-deployment training and briefings aimed at moulding this disparate force together. There were some problems with the varying levels of training, the Australians fitted in quickly but the Canadians were somewhat rusty having been serving in conventional units. Perhaps most problematical were the attached Raiders who were conventional shock troops rather than SF operators. Supplies and vehicles for a three month stay were obtained and prepared for deployment, included were a stock of new Vermat assault rifles, designed to fire Kafer standard ammunition.

Équipe Raven embarked on the privateer Kingfisher in 8th November, to find a team of Royal Marines from 30 Commando also aboard. They arrived at DM +36 2393 soon after, with a squadron of warships in escort as a diversionary part of Rochemont's 2nd Relief Expedition. The insertions took place on the night of the 12th following attacks on Kafer sentinels with personnel being landed by a Raven lander of 1205 NIS and equipment lobbed in by capsule. It was to the immense surprise of the team that they were met on the LZ by an outbound unit of P Squadron. After a swift exchange of greetings and an introduction to a local Widerstand leader the P Sqn troopers loaded onto the Raven and extracted.

The team quickly re-organised finding most of its transport and around half of the dead-dropped supplies. Following their Widerstand contact they were led to a wadi LUP several kilometres from a nearby town. After liaising with the leadership, a task made easier by P Sqn's earlier activities, it was agreed that Équipe Raven would train the local Widerstand in small scale ambushes, raiding and recce techniques as well as conduct their own operations. However all activities likely to prompt a Kafer response would have to be cleared with the Widerstand leadership first.

The team was reorganised into a number of groupings, the HQ under Capt Carlton with the liaison NCO and US comms team was R3Ø. Three, four man British SAS teams under C/Sgt Harris, Sgt Dent and Sgt O'Neill were R31, R32 and R33. The 5 Australian SASR troopers and 6 Canadians formed their own teams as R34 and R35. Lastly the American Marine Raider squad would provide a fire support and QRF element as R36.

Training of the Widerstand was at first a low level activity due to the small numbers of Widerstand members being pushed through the system. What resulted was a very high pupil to teacher ratio and teams excellently trained in their given tasks. The remainder of the Équipe were engaged in recce tasks, establishing caches and LUPs as well as linking up with neighbouring Widerstand and SF organisations. The sector the were operating in was a relatively remote and quite one but had a Kafer strong point within 175km.

The first direct actions engaged in by the team were undertaken by R33 and R34 accompanying Widerstand teams ambushing Kafer patrols. Notable from the observation of these first actions was the relative crudity of the Widerstand methods due to their lack of equipment. The usual modus operandi was to lay a large culvert bomb on likely enemy routes and detonate it by command wire. Sometimes a killing group would be included to finish off any survivors. However these were relatively easy to counter-attack and R34 in particular once became involved in a very fierce firefight.

In response the team began to refine the Widerstand's ambush tactics over the course of a few weeks. This saw a response in larger and more mobile Kafer columns operating in company strength utilising dispersed platoon sized units. An initial attempt by the Widerstand to ambush such a column nearly resulted in disaster and only the intervention of mobile anti-armour teams from R36 and R31 led by C/Sgt Harris prevented the complete destruction of the Widerstand force. As it was Sgt Dent and Tpr Anthony were seriously injured and the wind knocked out of the local Widerstand.

The next attempt on a Kafer column followed two weeks later after sophisticated reconnaissance by the team. The plan made use of Fokker smart anti-tank mines, light mortars, map-predicted machine gun fire and Green Hunter AVMs but relied primarily on the high mobility of light ACV vehicles. The action started as a perfect anti-armour ambush and then degenerated into a 5 hour long game of cat and mouse which ended with the Kafers returning to base. Loosing 5 killed, including 2 from the US Marine Raiders of R36, several injured and three vehicles lost to the destruction of 7 Kafer AFVs and numerous soldiers killed. The joint action, known later as the Battle of the Yellow Brick Road, was a great success and a boost to morale.

The counter saw the Kafers flood the area with troops and build a small base close to Langemarke, the main town in the region. This severely hampered the team's activities as Kafers not only scoured the wadis but the presence of troops close to Langemarke hampered the ability of reserve Widerstand fighters to reinforce the regular cadres co-located with the team. The Kafers in the wadis were highly vulnerable to ambush but occasionally surprised team members, notably when two Canadians from R35 went missing during a vicious firefight on the 23rd of January. Counter attacks from other members of the team reinforced by R34 and R36 were unable to recover the bodies and a further Marine from R36 was killed in the fighting. The mutilated bodies were later seen above the gates of the new Kafer base. The response was quick as with the aid of a 30 Commando team a captured Crawler packed with explosives was remotely driven up to the base and detonated, causing severe casualties.

The inevitable happened at dawn on the 27th of January after the Kafers took dozens of hostages from Langemarke in the aftermath of the bombing. Three Kafer bands assaulted the team's main base quickly overwhelming the perimeter sentries and flooding into the wadis. The team, less R32 and R34 out on patrol, was nearly overwhelmed but small groups quickly rallied into knots of resistance and began to fight out of the trap. The toll fell heaviest on the Widerstand fighters, but the team also took serious casualties.

The HQ was overrun and grenaded but the survivors were rescued thanks to the Marine Raiders of R36 who launched a desperate counter attack. Sgt O'Neill of R33 was badly injured, loosing an arm and leg as he set off one of the supply dumps' emergency demolitions. Trooper Woolf was seen fighting with a group of Widerstand fighters deep in the complex and was never seen again. The Widerstand later reported he had been injured then nearly taken by the Kafers but detonated his own grenades to avoid capture. The main body of the team evacuated down a wadi covered by a hard fought rearguard action by Cpl Rai with Troopers Owen and Armstrong.

The team had paid the price for conducting increasingly conventional rather than special forces style operations. At the emergency RV following the return of R32 and R32 the force mustered only 9 Eleven Troop men, 5 Australians, 3 Canadians and 5 Americans and many of these were seriously injured. The Widerstand were even worse hit and with the loss of much equipment operations in the Langemarke area were abandoned as the team withdrew to lick its wounds and recover.

The decision to withdraw the team was taken on the 4th of February and the team, complete with its wounded, were uplifted by a 1205 NIS Manticore from the privateer Rillfisher on the 9th of February and moved to Vogelheim.


We were in shit state and no mistake. The first week back on Adlerhorst we had a proper Troop debrief with both ourselves and the rest of the team. Most of us were patched up and suffering, the only one who wasn't there was Eddie who would never return to us, but the aggression was still there. We pointed fingers at each other, voices were raised and we certainly were close to a mass brawl on several occasions. However we decided there and then we'd never work like that again. We'd become too cocky, too conventional and we’d just had our arses kicked big time. Things would change.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

On their return to Vogelheim the team was somewhat left to its own devices and it was only by C/Sgt Harris' efforts that any debriefs and post action reports were compiled. The Joint Vogelheim Brigade was preparing to embark for off-world operations whilst Rochemont's fleet was elsewhere. Indeed only the small UKSF cell and the Germans seemed even remotely interested. With little need for Équipe Raven the team was disbanded. As it stood 11 Troop was seriously under strength and with most UKSF assets concentrating on the fighting on Beta Canum replacements were hard to come by.

In response Carlton and Harris tried to hang onto some of their JVB colleagues. After a short but heated administrative battle they managed to retain three of the old team members and acquire a German mercenary, a veteran of Dunkelheim, with prior service with the Royal German Legion. Vic Aston and Gordon Antoniuk from 3 RCR, John Isles of the SASR and Hans Dieter Knaust, late of the Avante-Guarde, all proved excellent recruits to 11 Troop's ranks.

The remainder of February saw the troop licking its injuries and enjoying R&R on Adlerhorst, but they were soon back into the training regime. One of the major problems was the lack of equipment having abandoned most of their heavy kit on Dunkelheim. The Troop's small arms were now predominantly Vermats, SK19s and VR5s, and with the arrival of the newVermat Mk.2 fewer SK19s were being carried. The troop managed to acquire a number of light ACVs from a variety of sources but heavy weapons were harder to come by.

The troop had little to do except train and listen to an increasing amount of bad news from the front as world after world fell to the Kafers. The assault on Beta Canum was especially distressing as all of the troop's members had friends and family on that world.

Then in mid-March Rochemont ambushed the Kafers above Joi in the 64 Ursae Majoris system and landed the Joint Vogelheim Brigade and special forces contingents as a follow up force. To replace the committed troops 11 Troop was stood to and embarked on a French auxiliary cruiser and married up with the 3e Division de Débarquement. The troop was to operate alongside the 2e Compangnie of the I/1e RPIMa as a token British element in support of a mission to liberate the key colony world of Beta Canum-4. They were re-equipped with French AGL-12 ACVs, Martel and Blindicide missiles to ease the logistics burden. Most important was the attachment of a MSIF forward observation team to bring in orbital fire support.

French Continent, Beta Canum - 4

I definitely liked being a liberator. We swept through village after village being feted by the locals, kissed by the women and having bottles of wine pushed into our hands. We were out on the flank of the Légion Paras and were seeing little action but could hear the forward recce screen from I/1e RPIMa calling in strike after strike on Kafer concentrations. It looked like the Admiral's plan to use orbital fire power to blast a way to Premiere was working. The country was rising up and the Kafers couldn't put together a coherent defence that could check the combined might of the Légion, US Marines and Rochemont's Fleet. I could see the campaign being over in a week, tops. It looked as though the space power theorists just might have been right after all.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

11 Troop was deployed onto the surface of Beta Canum on the French Continent in the early hours of 4th of April 2302 by two Zénith class landers from the French battleship Richelieu. Comprising 15 soldiers and three MSIF forward observers with six ASL-12 light ACVs it was a tight load for the two Rapide Descente landers and disembarkation was slow. Thankfully there was no opposition and by first light the troop had fanned out in a wide screen covering an area 100km south of the main Landing Zones where the 1e Brigade d' Intervention and US Marines were landing.

The troop fanned out in two elements with R3Ø under Capt Carlton and Sgt Dent and R31 under C/Sgt Harris and SFC Jimenez in order to cover the main routes into the area of the LZ. At just before 1000H SFC Jimenez spotted a column of Kafer armoured vehicles heading north and orbital support was called in. At 1015 HMS Ulysses entered an attack orbit dispensing ground attack munitions almost completely obliterating the column. It was a taste of things to come as recce teams from I/1e RPIMa, US Marine Force Recon and 11 Troop located massing Kafers and called in devastating firepower from orbiting warships. The Kafers could not concentrate their dispersed forces from their garrison locations in enough strength to push through to the allied troops.

By the 6th the main landing force was on the march towards the capital with the Kafers still on the back foot. The sight of human warships in low orbits and the fiery trail of kinetic attack weapons did wonders for the morale of the colonists and the reception given to the troops was euphoric. The troop were similarly cheered by messages of support from the rest of R Squadron in New Africa. However on the 10th a Kafer battle fleet returned to the Beta Canum system and the 'armchair ride' was over. Rochemont was forced from orbit and enemy ground forces began to mass in effective bodies. Deep in enemy territory without support the Franco-American commanders knew they were in serious trouble.

11 Troop continued to operate on the flanks of the withdrawing force but with the warships gone they could only call upon the limited artillery that the invaders had brought with them and they were usually tied up on fire missions with a higher priority. Moving covertly and without engaging the enemy the troop was largely safe from the Kafers but without access to regular re-supplies of anti-tank missiles and mines their effect in direct actions was very limited. Indeed on the 12th the troop was given instruction to find a LUP and wait for further orders.

Those orders came three days later and instructed the troop to identify key supply dumps and command points for further action. This the troop attempted to do, placing road watch OPs on key MSRs but in truth the sheer numbers of the Kafers made the location of a single 'silver bullet' target nigh impossible. On the night of 16th R3Ø laid Fokker mines on Route Coloniale-6 (MSR CAVERN) a mission repeated by R31 the next night. On the 17th an order came in for a strike on a Kafer command nexus located in the small town of Bethuna, however after three days of reconnaissance the mission was cancelled. Instead the troop was ordered to regroup with the remainder of R Sqn, which had been flown in from New Africa as part of Op DYNAMO BEAR to rescue the Franco-American force.

To the north battle was raging as British, New African and Free French troops, who had seized a beachhead on the coast on the 16th, linked up with the remnants of Rochemont's landing force. All along the coast special forces and raiding commandos had launched assaults to try and tie down Kafer reserves. The reuniting of 11 Troop with the remainder of the Squadron was an emotional moment for many but the troop was soon in action providing reconnaissance, surveillance, heavy weapons support and route-finding for an assault by the Francophone 17 (New African Legion) Commando on a Kafer coastal defensive position. Other elements of the squadron were responsible for destroying covering SAM and ASM positions.

The mission was a success but the commandos took heavy casualties fighting through the centre of the position, and consequently the withdrawal was slow. Cut off teams led by Corporal Morgan and Master Corporal Aston became engaged with the Kafer QRF, destroying their vanguard with AVMs and holding up the follow up in time for the commandos to re-embark on their transport, a large militarised ACV. The troop went to ground and re-grouped at an RV far from the target to receive further instruction. However with DYNAMO BEAR wrapped up the decision was taken to return the troop to New Africa and on the night of the 21st they were taken off the French Continent by the submarine HMS Unseen.

By the 27th, (the length of this journey has never been accounted for) they were landed on New Africa and taken back under the wing of R Sqn under the wider aegis of HQ 24 SAS. At the time Commando operations along the French Continent coastline were largely over except for Search and Rescue operations in support of troops forced into E&E. Over on the German Continent Panzerkorps Beta Canum was caught up in its own withdrawal back to New Africa following the intervention of Kafer reinforcements. R Sqn was stood too to supplement other special forces but were not eventually deployed. The Kafer follow-up of the German retreat seized the New African city of Dockton, which was abandoned without resistance. A month that had started with such high hopes had ended in a humiliating defeat and thousands of human casualties.

Southern Continent, Beta Canum - 4

How stupid had Rochemont and his Staff been? Believing that 5000 troops, however good they undoubtedly were, could liberate a world from a 100 000 enemy soldiers. How stupid were we that for a brief, giddy week we believed it too? On the bright side we'd operated in a traditional 'green' role, stuck to the mission and, thankfully, hadn't taken any serious casualties.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

In response to the disappointments and reverses of April in May the Combined Operations HQ (ComOps) was formed in New Africa to co-ordinate the military responses of the remaining human forces. Chaired by the German General Hagemann it included representatives from France, Germany, America, Britain and New Africa and was dominated by the Anglophone nations who provided the bulk of the staff and resources.

Soon after the formation of ComOps, R Squadron and 11 Troop were assigned to conduct reconnaissance missions on the Southern Continent which until then had been largely ignored except for some local missions launched by the NADF Military Region VII on New Woking. The Squadron moved to the relatively untouched island of New Woking where it established a rear base. The regional commander agreed to provide a QRF in support of the Squadron which was found either from 7 Commando or 2nd/7th Battalion, New Africa Regiment. The military region also had several well trained boat crews who had been operating since the invasion and were combat experienced having recently deployed on Op DYNAMO BEAR.

The first units of R Sqn reached the Southern Continent on the 7th of May and 11 Troop were landed on the coast by hydrofoil fishing boat on the 10th. They faced a long cold approach march from the south, laden with supplies and surveillance devices. By the 12th they were in position in three covert OP positions in the hills to the south of the city of Adrian. As well as observing Kafer positions they also mounted recce patrols into the suburbs and were successful in locating one of four main concentration camps maintained by the Kafers. Like the other callsigns the 11 Troop teams took great pains to avoid contact with local civilians following reports that many had become Quislings and were likely to betray any soldiers to the Kafers.

On the 17th the first conventional soldiers began to infiltrate onto the Southern Continent, these soldiers were drawn from three New African Commandos (Nos.6, 7 and 18 (NAL)), the British 2nd Independent Rifle Company and the American 4th Marine Raiders. These were brought forward over the course of two nights into concealed urban positions. Teams lead by C/Sgt Harris and Corporal Taylor were responsible for the successful infiltration of some 120 men from 6 Commando into the outskirts of the city. Corporal Taylor's coolness in particular in bringing some commandos to with 50 meters of Kafer positions was later recognised with the award of the Military Medal.

Operation FIERCE LION commenced at last light on the 20th of March with a synchronised attack launched at all key points within the city's defences. A missile bombardment from HMS Unseen was responsible for the destruction of the main Kafer barracks and headquarters, severely disrupting the Kafer response. A minute later airstrikes from the few remaining human fighter aircraft based out of New Woking reinforced this disruption, engaged targets of opportunity and provided defence suppression. Simultaneously the hidden commandos launched attacks on the concentration camps killing the guards whilst the US Marine Raiders secured the city airport.

Fifteen minutes after the launch of the attack transport aircraft carrying the 2nd Light Brigade crossed the city at low level and began dropping the brigade onto DZ's marked by the 2nd Independent Rifle Company. The battalions of the brigade, reinforced with a squadron of light armour from Jameson's Scouts, regrouped and commenced clearance of the ruined barracks. A confused night of fighting was marked by numerous firefights and by the dawn the human troops were re-embarking their aircraft under only limited Kafer pressure. The whole force and around 1000 volunteers from Adrian were away from the city in the early afternoon before any effective counterattack could be launched.

11 Troop's role in FIERCE LION was limited to prior reconnaissance and the provision of OPs, which along with those manned by other elements of R Squadron provided real-time intelligence for 2nd Light Brigade. Only one callsign, lead by C/Sgt Harris was actually in the city during the raid operating alongside 6 Commando. Overall FIERCE LION was an impressive success for ComOps, providing proof that humanity could launch more than 'pin prick' raids on the Kafers. More concerning though was the docility of the population of Adrian and its Quisling tendencies, which had worrying implications for the campaign to free the occupied people of Beta Canum.

11 Troop was withdrawn on the 25th after observing the Kafer reaction to the raid. Two troops from R Squadron were tasked to remain on the Southern Continent and try to foster an effective resistance movement using equipment cached during FIERCE LION.

British Continent, Beta Canum - 4

We drove down to the assault force perimeter in two Hover Rovers for the Boss to do a face-to-face with the commander on the ground. We passed through the perimeter force of lightly armed Paratroopers on the way in. They were undoubtedly well equipped but they looked callow compared with the hardened veterans of the Light Division and nervous compared to the fanatical New African Commandos. They were from 6 PARA, my old battalion, and I wondered just what I had in common with these seemingly spit-and-polish soldiers now. In any event they had a lot to learn about fighting Kafers, but we needed fresh troops to feed into the meat grinder of the counter-offensive and we needed them fast.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

Flying back to New Africa the remnants of R Sqn were alerted that the Kafers occupying the Westmark in the central highlands of New Africa had launched a major force into the neighbouring Eastmark. This armoured battle group (designated K51) was making excellent progress and was destroying many towns and villages on its way. British High Command had already assessed that the raid was only a mass reprisal operation for FIERCE LION and was loath to commit the remnants of the New Africa Manoeuvre Force to defeat it. Instead local light forces and special forces would be sent in to harass and attrite it before it returned to the Safe Place in the Westmarch.

R Sqn HQ with 11 Troop and 9 (Mobility) Troop (c/s R1Ø) were flown into the Eastmark on the night of the 26th with fighting at its height in the area. Military Region V guerrillas, including the famous Westmark Brigade, were completely outgunned and unable to contain the Kafer armoured column. Reinforcements included 2nd New African Light Infantry, 3rd/5th New Africa Regiment, 3 Commando and 5 Commando in addition to special forces. Mounted in heavily armed Hover Rover 500s R Sqn was soon probing the flanks of the Kafer column through the woods of the Eastmark.

Links with MR V were patchy due to the dislocation of the MR V HQ by the Kafers over-running its usual HQ location. Instead Major Andrews, OC R Sqn, tied in with the commander of the Westmark Brigade who were actively operating against the southern edge of the Kafer battle group. Unfortunately a coherent picture of the battle group's operations were hard to pin down, so as dawn broke Andrews led his men forward to identify the Kafer's locations. Following up R Squadron were elements of 3 Commando and the Support Commando of 2 NALI.

Near disaster struck early when R31 commanded by Sergeant Dent and comprising of two Hover Rovers were ambushed passing through the hamlet of Pont-i-Celi. The leading vehicle was destroyed and the driver John Isles killed instantly. A camoflaged Crawler burst from concealment and followed up the attack with its disembarked infantry. The injured Sgt Dent and Tpr Butler took cover in a nearby building. The callsign's second HR commanded by Cpl Morgan moved up but was forced back by fire from the Crawler's multiple barrelled plasma gun. A further two Crawlers moved in to the hamlet from the north and although Cpl Morgan managed to destroy one with a missile shot he was unable to get close enough to rescue his colleagues.

Inside Pont-i-Celi Dent and Butler put up a stout defence of the building, killing several Kafers as they attempted to enter. However plasma fire had set the building alight and they attempted to make their escape, fighting their way through a weak point in the defences. Sgt Dent made it to a nearby stream and broke clear but lost contact with Tpr Butler. Carlton and Harris were contacted by Cpl Morgan's team and alongside a troop of 3 Commando and supported by 2 NALI mortars put in a quick attack on the hamlet. Kafer numbers were few but their resistance was hard fought until the remaining troops fought clear in the final Crawler. Sgt Dent quickly rejoined and was evacuated to a field hospital but there was no sign of Butler who remains listed as Missing in Action.

R31's mishap combined with other contacts by R1Ø callsigns and information from guerrillas told Major Andrews that the Kafers were picketing their Main Supply Routes back to the Westmark with stay behind parties of high quality troops. He decided that his main effort would be to provide interdiction on these routes to slow down supplies to the Kafer battle group and prepare for ambushes when they retreated. Consequently he handed over the task of harrassing the Kafer stay-behinds to 2 NALI and 3 Cdo and re-tasked his callsigns. With the aid of guerrilla commanders he identified three MSRs running from east to west.

By nightfall 11 Troop had been re-tasked to provide overwatch and reconnaissance on the northern-most and southern-most MSRs. R31 under C/Sgt Harris to take the north and R3Ø under Capt Carlton covering the south. R3Ø's infiltration proved of little difficulty but R31 had to cross two MSRs to reach their area and had several encounters with Kafer columns moving westwards. Indeed a nightfall the Battle Group K51 had reached the regional capital Eastwich and having demolished key buildings and begun fires had started to move back to the Westmark.

Operations over the next two days consisted of a combination of duties included establishing OPs and conducting recces of potential ambush sites for the MR V guerrillas. All of the SAS personnel were wary of employing lightly-equipped guerrillas in ambush against armoured forces and although providing Fokker mines, cautioned against the guerrillas attempting over-ambitious operations against the Kafers. On many occasions this advice was ignored and casualties amongst the courageous guerrillas were heavy, especially on the central MSR carrying most of the traffic. The troop avoided direct action except on one occasion where a broken down Deathsled was assaulted, the crew killed and the vehicle successfully booby-trapped killing the recovery team.

In spite of the actions taken against it Battle Group K51 returned to the Westmarch on the 30th at almost 80% of the strength it had left at. This battle group, comprised of veterans of the Chill Valley campaign had proved itself more than a match for the light forces opposing it and was a clear threat to the New African forces. Indeed at this time it was roughly the same size as the remnants of the 79th Armoured Brigade which contained the only remaining British heavy armour.

New Africa Command and MR V HQ decided that plans would need to be laid to tackle any sally by the Kafers out of the Safe Place in the Westmark and beyond. Consequently the two troops of R Sqn were joined by a troop from G Squadron and the so-called 'Eagle Troop' of US Echo Force operators who had been training with 24 SAS when the invasion hit. The role of R Sqn was to conduct reconnaissance of the stronghold and the routes too and from the location. Working hand-in-hand with the Westmark Brigade, especially their elite Rangers, the Squadron commenced operations on 2nd June. 11 Troop in particular was responsible for operating in the north of the area.

It was soon obvious that the Kafer Safe Place was a very strong position, heavily protected by patrols and surveillance devices. An operation by Eagle Troop liberated a number of slave labourers who had worked on the project and these were a great intelligence boon. It transpired that over 5000 human labourers had been used as labour for the subterranean project under Kafer direction. The casualty rate amongst which had been horrific and led to Kafer raids across the Westmark to replenish their workforce. The Safe Place was capable of holding a full Kafer brigade and included hanger and maintenance facilities and, most worrying, included an array of missile silos. The Westmark Brigade had remarked on the volume of Kafer shuttle runs from orbit.

The likely presence of ASAT missiles, probably a response to Rochemont's first 'liberation' would cause immense difficulty to any subsequent human landings. The amount of conventional combat power to reduce such a Safe Place just didn't exist. Instead it was planned that special forces would be use to smuggle a suitcase sized demolition nuke into the complex and destroy it from within. R Sqn was to effect the plan with R3Ø chosen to infiltrate the device.

This plan was activated in the third week of July when news was received from Rochemont's Fleet that another Liberation attempt was being planned. The intention was for three brigades to be landed, preferably safely on New Africa and the potential danger of the Safe Place had to be removed. The infiltration proceeded successfully after a fearsome approach march and after numerous incidents the device was placed and the patrol withdrawn. The events of this patrol form the backbone of several books including parts of General Brooke's Liberation (written after conversations with Carlton) and Armstrong's Eleven Troop. Sgt Dent, MCpl Aston and Tpr Owens were killed during the mission and its aftermath.

Below: The cover of Armstrong's bestseller 'Eleven Troop'.

In the early hours of the 31st of June 2302 the nuclear weapon detonated, destroying and collapsing large parts of the complex. Despite several raids to free human slave labourers by R Sqn and the Westmark Rangers several hundred people died in the collapse. The aftermath of the attack saw surviving elements of Kafer battle group K51 attempting to regroup and breakout. With human regular troops engaged elsewhere in clearing New Middlesex and in operations around the free city of Kahl the mopping up again fell upon Military Region V and the redoubtable Westmark Brigade stiffened by 2 NALI, 2/5 NAR and 3/5 NAR. Once exfiltrated and in spite of their losses R3Ø also helped out, leading tank stalking teams killing several AFVs and eliminating Kafer leaders. However several hundred Kafers escaped to the north west, into what was to become the K-Zone.

The remainder of July was notable for the massed battles on the German Continent pitting the survivors of the human garrisons, the remnants of the 1st Liberation and the newly arrived reinforcements against the Kafer's last main field army. R3Ø however remained behind on New Africa recovering and providing a reconnaissance capability to keep an eye on the Kafers on the British Continent. The bulk of which were massed on the western coast around the city of Bayview, although scattered units could be found almost anywhere.

The 2nd Liberation ground to a halt following the human victory at the 2nd Battle of Uethan which destroyed the Kafer field army. However large parts of French, German and British continents remained occupied and after the heavy casualties at the Battles of Kahl and Uethan the human forces lacked the manpower to free them. Morale was high, especially after news of the successful Battle of Beowulf and the approach of heavy ground reinforcements from Earth. Indeed on the 28th of July the lead elements of II (Commonwealth) Corps, led by the British but including French, German and multinational troops, were landed on New Africa south of New Middlesex and were met by R3Ø acting in a liaison role.

The arrival of these fresh troops in the 3rd Liberation set the seal on the human victory, enabling humanity to begin to clear and destroy the Kafers in detail. As well as new formations Battle Casualty Replacements were brought to New Africa and 11 Troop was reinforced with the addition of five troopers, two newly Badged regulars and three volunteers from the TA SAS. At the same time a personality clash caused Hans Dieter Knaust to leave the unit. The troop was given a week to conduct training and rest before being re-committed to battle.

Reconstituted, the troop was sent back to Bayview where preparations were being made to destroy the last remaining Kafer concentration on the continent. The troop was infiltrated into the city with the aid of MR 2 guerrillas and the Scouts' No.2 Squadron. Their role was one of reconnaissance and forward observation for artillery and orbital strikes. The situation in the ruined city was very much one of confusion with the nervous Kafers controlling the city in daylight hours and human guerrillas and troops ruling in the night. Heavily armed games of cat and mouse continued with isolated outposts of both sides being overwhelmed in raids and reprisals. Unlike the heavily occupied New Middlesex only a few thousand human civilians remained as slave labour after the razing of the city at the end of May.

Led once more by the Light Division but conducted mostly by fresh British and Commonwealth troops, the Liberation of Bayview was a slow but steady, painstakingly undertaken operation against a wily enemy. The troop continued to provide reconnaissance support, pathfinding and liaison although they also found time to conduct direct action missions of which sniping was most popular. By early September the Kafer resistance had collapsed and mopping up was being conducted with utmost savagery. Many regular units were then re-deployed to other tasks.

Along with the rest of R Squadron the troop was withdrawn into reserve around New Aldershot, the units' pre-War home. This time proved most difficult for the unit with so many of their friends and partners from the region missing or dead and many badly scarred by the events of the occupation. Indeed with many of the units' soldiers dead, the duty of informing wives, partners and children was an even more challenging and disheartening prospect that usual. Some members of the troop were happy to settle into a leave period, others went looking for the war, unofficially accompanying other units. To an outsider the level of brutalisation amongst the soldiers was obvious.

Nous Voila

It was a new start. It was certainly a bad job for us, baby-sitting a bunch of fresh-from-Earth bootnecks hand out humanitarian aid on Nous Voila. They sugar coated it by telling us we were the eyes and ears of the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force and we were to pass on our knowledge to the SBS and Dutch commandos we had along with us.

On the bright side Andy Harris was back in charge and Carlton back with his regiment where he was happiest, and least likely to do us any damage. The real job was to re-build the troop, learn the lessons of the war and train the new guys. The Kafers were running to the frontier but I'd no doubt they'd be back and next time, we'd be waiting for them.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM

On the 3rd of October the troop was stood too again and tasked with deployment to the French colony world of Nous Voila in the Beta Comae Berencis system. During the war the predominately French-African colony had been blockaded from orbit by the Kafers and subjected to routine near genocidal orbital bombardments. With cities shattered, society began to break down and famine ran rampant, neo-feudal bandit groups known as Marauders emerged to control large parts of the colony. The humanitarian situation on Nous Voila was extremely serious and began to consume large amounts of the available shipping in the Beta Canum Cluster which became involved in the aid deliveries. The French military had led the Liberation of the world but an Anglo-Dutch brigade had been involved in the follow up. Suppression of the various Marauders was becoming a priority.

To reinforce the integral UKSF presence on Nous Voila 11 Troop was deployed to the world on the trooper HMS Queripel, using the designation CEF Liaison Officers team 1 (CEFLO-1). The troop was now commanded by C/Sgt Harris following the posting of Capt Carlton back to his battalion. In addition SFC Mo Jimenez had returned to American forces to pass on his knowledge and was greatly missed by the team. 'Buck' Antoniuk managed to secure a transfer an remain with the unit. To bolster the troop one SNCO and JNCO were transferred across from the Earth-bound A Squadron of 22 SAS. Within days of arrival the troop was on operations, tracking and eliminating a band of Marauders.

Operational Issues

The cramped confines of the OP stank with fear. One of the Kafer band shambling along the hillside providing flank protection for the convoy had tripped over a poorly concealed length of W50 cable. Our screen had lost coverage from that particular remote. I quickly stowed the gear whilst Lofty looked out up to the crest of the hill behind his VR-5, Dent was whispering quietly into his radio to alert the QRF. If we were lucky the Kafers would ignore the cable and move on. If not they'd come looking and we'd have to go noisy and fight our war out. Three against forty plus. Not good odds.

Extract from 'Eleven Troop: The True Story of Romeo Three Zero' - By Mitchell 'Titch' Armstrong DCM, MM


Recce missions were perhaps the most common mission performed by the troop during the campaign. The ability of small groups of highly trained soldiers to penetrate enemy territory and gain vital information was to prove itself time and again. Most of these missions were carried out on occasions when there was no friendly orbital or air superiority to allow the utilisation of unmanned recce assets. However even when satellite and drone cover was available the presence of troops with 'eyes on' a target or MSR and able to make decisions and instant analysis with local knowledge was important to higher echelon commanders.

The usual method of operation for recce missions was for the troop to set up an OP and observe the target from a distance. Only on a relatively few occasions were close target reconnaissance tasks of manned positions conducted, due to the difficulty of infiltrating through Kafer remote sensor perimeters. An OP would usually be established with remote passive sensors scanning an area of interest and data being passed back to a concealed, entrenched hide out of direct sight and manned by a recce team. On other occasions a manned hide would be established with 'eyes on' the target itself but this was rare. It was usual for a QRF to be provided to cover the OP, but this could be positioned many kilometres away.

Establishing an OP was never an easy job, usually conducted under potential enemy surveillance and so conducted covertly. OP kits including entrenching devices, camouflage systems, communications, sensors, and rolls of W50 remote cable, not to mention rations had to be man-packed into the area. Whilst all remote sensors and hides had to be laboriously dug in and camouflaged. This was usually done under the cover of night (to take advantage of the Kafer's poor night sight) and in the intervals between surveillance satellite passes. It was usual for a four man team to man an OP for four days before being relieved by another team, one man being alert at all times to monitor the sensors. Movement outside the hide was restricted and living inside one required the soldiers to be on 'hard routine'.

Close target recces were usually carried out to gain information that couldn't be gathered by observation alone. These included soil samples, possible RV, cache and hide locations, route selection, enemy obstacles or positions and state of the civilian population. The risk of compromise was always much higher on these missions and a QRF in close attendance to aid extraction. As noted above the close recce of enemy positions was rarely undertaken due to their remote sensors

Sometimes the troop had to conduct so-called 'Recce by Force' tasks in order to rapidly locate the enemy when there was no time to conduct more thorough, but slower, operations. These were usually mobile operations using heavily armed HR500's or Quads and relied upon spotting the enemy before being spotted themselves, often with the aid of local civilians on military units. This was usually very dangerous, as shown by the abortive recce efforts in the Eastmark on the 27th of March 2302 at Pont-i-Celi.

Insurgency Warfare

The troop was involved in insurgency operations against superior Kafer forces, usually in concert with local Resistance movements, especially whilst deployed on Dunkelheim and whilst in the Westmark. Their role was usually to provide both basic and advanced training for the guerrilla forces, provide advanced insurgent techniques and advice as well as leadership and access to military technology.

However on Dunkelheim the troop became increasingly involved in conducting direct action missions against the Kafers. Indeed these escalated to several large scale conventional engagements, which the troop and the Widerstand resistance were unprepared for the level of the Kafer reaction to. This led to the debacle of the 27th of January 2302 with the over-running of the joint operations base near Langemarke. Operations in the Westmark were more successful thanks to the greater strength of the local forces and the concentration of the troop on task more appropriate to it than conventional operations.

Counterinsurgency Warfare

11 Troop did conduct some counterinsurgency missions towards the very end of the campaign, although these were much less common than insurgency missions. These were against the Kafer remnants on New Africa in September of 2302 and against human marauders on Nous Voila the next month. However these operations were relatively unsophisticated and with limited results, especially when compared with later operations in New Africa's K-Zone.

Direct Action

11 Troop has gained its notoriety primarily due to its involvement in direct action missions. Most notably the destruction of the Kafer Safe Place/Stronghold in the Westmark of New Africa. However the troop also engaged in a variety of missions against the Kafers and humans. The most common mission profile was the ambush; usually utilising explosives, missiles and other heavy weapons in addition to small arms. The simple Fokker mine was often used on its own in harassing enemy MSRs.

On several occasions the troop operated in an entirely conventional manner in a hover-mobile 'super-infantry' role. This began on Dunkelheim with C/Sgt Harris leading the troop's AVM equipped HR500s in a counterattack to save a Widerstand team in danger of being overrun by mechanised Kafer units. Although often meeting with local tactical success the attrition caused by such operations usually degraded the overall ability of the troop to meet its strategic objectives. However circumstances often forced the troop to operate such AFV killer missions, which they did with no little alacrity. Cpl Morgan finished the campaign as the leading tank killer in the troop.

Another form of direct action mission was the utilisation of the troop as forward observers for mortars, artillery, airpower or orbital bombardment. With the exception of several occasions during the Battle of Bayview this was done most notably during the first week of April 2302 during the '1st Liberation' of BCV. Thanks to human orbital superiority and the target acquisition of special forces the first phase of the mission was an overwhelming success despite the debacle it was to become.

Support of conventional forces

The job of special forces is one of aiding conventional forces conduct their missions, a fact SF commanders sometimes overlook. Eleven Troop worked alongside a large number of conventional units on every world it served on except for Dunkelheim. Although sometimes hindered by the lack of awareness amongst conventional soldiers about the true role of SF, generally these were the most successful occasions of the troop's war against the Kafers.

When working alongside conventional forces the troop invariably concentrated on providing reconnaissance data, working at greater depth than the integral recce troops of the supported unit. This is as true with 2 PARA on Aurore as it is with 6 Commando during FIERCE LION or 2 NALI in the Eastmark.


Eleven Troop was often called upon to act in a liaison capacity; as messengers and the eyes and ears of senior commanders. The military 'credibility' of special forces, together with their ability to take the initiative made them invaluable for these tasks. In addition they could act as close protection for key members of the senior commander's staff.

In particular Eleven Troop acted as liaison officers for the commander of the Joint Vogelheim Brigade, specifically in observing the militarisation of the local French and German forces outside of the levels allowed by the Treat of Darwin. On Nous Voila the unit was actually designated as CEF Liaison Officers, reporting directly to the commander of the CEF.


Comms was always a problem for the Troop and one that required a great deal of thought and planning. When comms sats were available, normal comms systems could be used but frequently these were destroyed and HF systems had to be utilised for long range comms. For tactical communications the unit was usually self-reliant for intra-troop comms, but often had to beg, borrow or frequently steal systems to communicate with neighbouring friendly units.

Two aspects of comms are notably. Firstly the provision of off-world comms whilst operating on Dunkelheim. This relied upon a modified narrowband satcom system broadcasting to a predefined position in the system, where a disposable comm sat would be located. This would then re-broadcast onto a human ship lurking further out in the system. Once a week the disposable comm sat would broadcast down to Dunkelheim and it was imperative for the teams to be ready to receive the bust message at the right time. The sat would then shut down and another activate. The system occasionally broke down, but was by and large successful in maintaining a flow of comms to and from the occupied world. A similar system was instituted on every occupied world and maintained by a combination of couriers and privateers.

Secondly during the build up to deploying on Dunkelheim Eleven Troop was issued a device capable of intercepting, decoding and interpreting Kafer tactical radio transmissions. Although far from infallible and constantly upgraded to overcome Kafer changes of cryptography it often provided the troop with a valuable edge on operations. By the end of the campaign most of the troop had limited knowledge of key Kafer military terms.


Resupply for a small unit operating across an array of worlds was always problematical. When working closely with conventional units or under an established SF chain of command resupply usually functioned relatively smoothly. However this was not always the case. In general the responsibility for maintaining resupply fell upon C/Sgt Harris, which distracted him from his operational role.

On Dunkelheim there was a great requirement to 'live off the land' both by getting supplies of food from the local population. Replenishment of small arms ammunition was eased with the advent of the Vermat series of weapons allowing Kafer ammunition to be used. However for 'big ticket' items like Fokker mines and Green Hunter missiles larger stocks of ammo had to be brought along and ground dumped in concealed caches.

Whilst working with other nation's forces similar problems arose. Indeed before the 1st Liberation of Beta Canum the Troop was entirely re-equipped with French vehicles, missiles and comms to allow it to operate alongside 1e RPIMa much more smoothly. In general though the unit had to become accomplished scavengers in order to operate effectively.


Five minutes later I spotted a pair of ACV's approaching the position from the north. I tracked them in with the VR's optics. They were heavily laden HR 500's with guns, missiles and black box counter measures hanging off them. Bundled cam nets stowed on the roll bars and above the plenum also altered their profile. Tony stood up and walked to the centre of the road. He snapped his fingers at my shell scrape motioning one of us to join him. I looked at Dave, who nudged me back, I glared but stood up and walked over to join Tony. The HR 500's slowed and slalomed through the roadblock obstacles coming to a halt by the side of us.

The crew were bearded, clad in stinking combats with faces filthy with cam cream and dirt. However each of them wore a crumpled sand coloured beret under a sleek black TISS rig. My jaw dropped, they were never supposed to wear those in public! The languid figure sitting behind the bonnet mounted VR-5 in the command seat uncoiled himself to stand in front of Tony.

'Morning, good to see the airborne has finally arrived.' From his cut glass accent I pegged him as originally being Guards, Cavalry or Greenjacket. 'Romeo Three Zero, we're expected' Tony nodded and relayed the information through to our Zero.
I have to admit that I was still gawking. The man in front of me looked amused, 'do we smell that bad?'
'Er, no sir.' I swallowed. 'I've never seen a rifle like that before sir, what is it?'

'Don't call me sir, only amateurs do that in the field.' He hefted the stubby bullpup. 'It's a Vermat. Custom built using Thud Gun components but much better balanced for a human. Great for living off the enemy's supplies. A good bit of kit, we build them here on New Africa.'

Extract from 'Like A Soldier' - By J.H. Anderson

Note: Most of the weapons used by the Troop are covered in the rule books of 2300AD. They also use standard British Army infantry equipment.

Vickers-Rockwell Model 5 - L95 7.5mm Multi-Role Weapons System

The current service machine gun of the British Army, the VR-5 is immensely versatile and thanks to a range of barrels can be used in a variety of roles. This weapon was widely used in the Troop with up to 50% of the soldiers being armed with it on occasions. In the dismounted role the Short Barrel Grenade Launcher version was most common, combining heavy weight of fire with 30mm grenades. The SBGL is notable for the prominent muzzle flash and noise, all of which aided the perception a heavier weapon was being used. When mounted in the commanders position on a HR500 the actively cooled LBSF was used, drastically increasing the reach and volume of the weapon's fire.

Type: 7.5mm Machine Gun, Country: UK, Wgt: 5.9kg (additional 2.1kg for Long Barrel, 6kg for tripod, 2kg for 30mm GL), Length: 100cm (SB) 125cm (LB) (Bulk = 3 or 4), Action: Single Shot or Bursts, Ammunition: 7.5x45 fixed cartridge ball, Muzzle Vel: 1265mps (SB) or 1400 (LB) , Magazine: 150 round cassette or 100 round belts, Magazine Wt: 1.7kg (Coolant 1kg), ROF: 5, Aimed Fire Rng: 700m (SB), 900 (SB Bipod), 1000m (LB Bipod) or 1400m (LB Tripod), Area Fire Burst: 20 rounds (AFB = 2), Area Fire Range: 500m, 700m, 800m or 1400m DP Val: 0.9 (1.0 LB), Price: Not availible on open market.

Rockwell L341A4 'Ranger' Sniper Rifle

The A4 is the Hostile Environments version of the British standard issue A2 Sniper Rifle. This is issued to units deployed on worlds with environments likely to cause reliability problems with the issue weapon. Weapons of this kind were readily available to the Troop and used on numerous occasions.

Type: 8mm Gauss Sniper Rifle, Country: UK, Wgt: 7kg, Length: 110cm (Bulk = 4), Action: SA, Ammunition: 8x33 flechette, Muzzle Vel: 1600mps (290mps), Magazine: 10 round disposable box with internal cell, Magazine Wt: 0.7kg, ROF: 1, Aimed Fire Rng: 1600m (250m), DP Val=3.4 (1.4), Price: Lv870 (Lv4 for a disposable loaded magazine)

Vermat Mk.1

The original Vermat, the Mark 1 was designed by Veronica Green and Matthew Jones during their service with BAT3 on Aurore. It utilises the main components of the Kafer Thudgun with minimal changes to the weapon furniture to make it easier to use by humans. Originally designed for conversion kits to allow unconventional units to make use of captured weapons, it saw some use with Tanstaaflian Militia prior to the Invasion. Large numbers of the kits were made on Beta Canum and later dropped on Dunkelheim and Kimanjano before being used in that world's own struggle. Plans and instructions for 'do it yourself ' conversions were also freely distributed. Relatively unsophisticated it was a great boon to resistance movements.

Eleven Troop dropped on Dunkelheim with a number of kits and several members of the troop used the weapon by choice by the end of the campaign on that world. Indeed some members continued to use this weapon in preference to the later Mk.2.

Type: 12.1mm Assault Rifle, Country: Kafer/UK, Wgt: 6kg, Length: 76.2cm (Bulk = 2), Action: Single Shot ot Bursts, Ammunition: 12.1mm x31mm APHE, Muzzle Vel: 610mps, Magazine: 66 round magazine, Magazine Wt: 2kg , ROF: 2, Aimed Fire Rng: 500m, Area Fire Burst: 10 rounds (AFB = 1.5), Area Fire Range: 300m, DP Val: 1.1, Price: Not availible on open market.

Vermat Mk.2

The Mark 2 was a distinct evolution from the Mk.1. Whilst still using some Kafer components the configuration of the weapon was radically changed and more human components added. The weapon was changed to a bullpup configuration and improved with the addition of human combat optics and tactical systems integration to the British TISS. The weapon retained the original Kafer barrel, magazines and working parts and was a very handy, powerful assault weapon.

The original aim was to issue these weapons to special forces and regular forces likely to be deployed in enemy territory away from traditional sources of supply. Consequently these were rarely found with guerrillas or irregulars. The weapon was issued to Eleven Troop on arrival on New Africa in the aftermath of the 1st Liberation and quickly proved popular.

Type: 12.1mm Assault Rifle, Country: Kafer/UK, Wgt: 6.1kg, Length: 80cm (Bulk = 2), Action: Single Shot or Bursts, Ammunition: 12.1mm x31mm APHE, Muzzle Vel: 610mps, Magazine: 66 round magazine, Magazine Wt: 2kg , ROF: 2, Aimed Fire Rng: 700m, Area Fire Burst: 10 rounds (AFB = 1.5), Area Fire Range: 400m, DP Val: 1.1, Price: Not availible on open market.

Vermat Carbine Mk.1

Building on the success of the Mk.1 and designed simultaneously with the Mk.2, the Vermat Carbine was a modification of the popular Grafton Arms C-70 converted to fire the Kafer 14.5x31mm ammunition. This large round has huge short range stopping power and was thought ideal for a close in personal defence weapon. Brief attempts to use the cartridge in pistol form faltered on the intense recoil and a carbine developed instead. Utilising a 20 round magazine and simple single shot action the conversion was soon ready and produced in several small New African factories.

Widely distributed on New Africa it was popular with Irregulars and guerrillas alike. Although not really a battlefield weapon the Troop had several examples of these weapons and they were occasionally carried by troopers carrying heavy weapons.

Type: 14.5mm Carbine, Country: Kafer/UK, Wgt: 2.5kg, Length: 60cm (Bulk = 2), Action: Single Shot or Bursts, Ammunition: 14.5mm x31mm fixed cartidge ball, Muzzle Vel: 510mps, Magazine: 20 round magazine, Magazine Wt: 0.5kg , ROF: 4, Aimed Fire Rng: 240m, Area Fire Burst: 10 rounds (AFB = 1.5), Area Fire Range: 400m, DP Val: 0.9, Price: Not availible on open market.

Fokker Mine

This Netherlands produced smart munition is the standard British anti-vehicle mine, combining multi-mode attack and anti-personnel options. It was frequently used in ambushes and for harassing mine-laying tasks. The only main draw back of the weapon was its weight. The weapon consists of a circular body with 5 launch tubes with top attack skeets loaded, which when triggered fan out 100m from the mine with a 100m search radius in a rosette pattern (all targets within 200m of the mine are liable to attack).

A recent addition is a inclusion of a small submunition mine carrier to the launch tubes. This creates (when fired) a 200m radius AP minefield. Each mine is tiny (about the size of a pound coin) and activated by stepping on it. Since the human body tamps the charge it does DPV=0.3 to the foot or any other part in contact with it. This weapon has proved highly valuable, especially against open-topped Kafer APCs. The weapon is very 'smart' and can be programmed with a variety of attack profiles and target selection priorities.

Type: Remote Mine Nation: Netherlands Launcher Weight: 5kg (mine body) Missile Weight: 1kg per skeet, 1kg per "toepopper" cartridge
Speed: N/A
Endurance: 60 days operations Range: 200m Guidance: Automatic Homing Value: 16 Attack Angle: Overhead DP Value: EP=10 tamped (DPV = 40) Launcher Price: n/a Missile Price: n/a

Vermat Special Pistol Mk.1

Produced in very small numbers and with an effective range of only a few meters, the Special Pistol was nevertheless one of the most horrifying. The weapon was a combination of human and Pentapod weapon systems, firing a range of darts tailored to effect Kafers. These included fatal neurotoxin darts, (the most commonly used), a knockout dart and a dart that would rapidly eat away the flesh causing extreme terror to the victim. The core of the weapon was the Pentapod biological 'working parts' surrounded by a human-friendly pistol shaped shell. The weapon was self-contained and disposable, reloaded by introducing a nutrient capsule into the butt which would eventually (over 24 hours) be converted into new darts. Although silent and remarkably effective the weapon was hindered by extreme problems with reliability and limited range.

Eleven Troop was issued with these weapons for its attempt to infiltrate the Kafer Safe Place in the Westmark. Their existence is a closely guarded secret.

Details are classified

Bug Away Grenades

Another hybrid human-Pentapod weapon, this is a grenade containing Pentapod created Kafer specific neurotoxin which is harmless to humans but rapidly fatal to Kafers. These were also issued to the troop in small numbers at the same time they received the Special Pistols.

Details are classified.


Playing special forces soldiers is popular in almost every role-playing game. Even in the fantasy genre the stereotypical party of adventurers can be seen as a form of special forces. However the actual knowledge of what SF troops actually get up to is relatively limited. Indeed there is relatively little role-playing enjoyment in toiling for 3 days digging a full OP and then spending a week defecating in plastic bags whilst counting trucks going by outside it. In this article I have attempted to provide a general framework of what a unit like Eleven Troop might have got up to in the Kafer War. The Kafer War, with its 'all hands to the pumps' response to Invasion, is an ideal milieu for SF role-playing as small units have vast areas to work with against an enemy uniquely vulnerable to small unit action.

Similarly most units will be relatively cut off from a clear but chain of command and be forced into relying upon their own judgement and initiative, which might have some unforeseen consequences. In the case of R3Ø this is exacerbated by the conflict between Captain Carlton and Colour Sergeant Harris, with the former's inexperience in special forces often leading the troop into conventional patterns of operation and near disaster. The much more experienced Harris was frequently distracted by the need to run the units' logistics in the absence of Squadron HQ personnel. Although this situation eased once the unit reached BCV in April 2302, the damage had already been done and the troop had the highest rate of casualties of any similar unit in 24 SAS.

R3Ø can be used in a number of ways. Players can use one of the existing characters or generate their own and role-play a campaign using the article as a general outline. Similarly another national SF unit could be substituted for the SAS. Lastly R3Ø can be used as a deus ex machina in an existing campaign.

To generate a British special forces character use the rules at .

Appendix 1


Eleven Troop was reinforced several times during the campaign from a variety of resources from out of contract mercenaries to fully trained SAS men. However only a few made a lasting mark on the unit's operations. These include:

Master Corporal Victor Aston

MCpl Vic Aston was born in British Columbia, Canada on Earth. A 'flyer' tipped for commission, he joined the Royal Canadian Regiment after graduating from university. An anti-tank specialist he had also served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment, before posting to 3 RCR for deployment to the Vogelheim peacekeeping force. He volunteered to serve with Équipe Raven and led R35 on Dunkelheim and then volunteered again to stay on with Eleven Troop. An urbane, witty man of considerable tactical ability he was killed during the exfiltration from the Westmark Safe Place.

Corporal Gordon 'Buck' Antoniuk

Cpl Buck Antoniuk was born of Canadian parents but has rarely set foot on Canada proper. Born on Wellon, his scientific family travelled throughout the Chinese Arm during his childhood. A burly, plain spoken man his first experience with the military was as a member of the Manchurian colonial militia on Syuhlahm. He was subsequently educated on Wellon, serving in a local volunteer unit before transferring to the Canadian Army. He moved restlessly through several units before gravitating to the Special Service Force. He was one of a number of SSF specialists attached to the Vogelheim CANBAT.

An aggressive, uncompromising soldier he fitted easily in with the Troop. A fighter in every sense of the word, he has a reputation for being hard to control away from operations. He has chosen to transfer across to the British Army and remain with Eleven Troop.

Defender John Isles

John Isles was a member of 5 RAR serving on Vogelheim. A former member of the Australian SAS he had been transferred back to his battalion for disciplinary reasons. An intense, professional soldier with great potential, he was killed at Pont-i-Celi in the Eastmark of New Africa.

Trooper Hans Dieter Knaust

Hans Knaust was a veteran of the German-Hanoverian Army's special forces, who had subsequently pursued a mercenary career. He had served both with the British RGL as well as several mercenary companies on the French Arm, most notably with the highly regarded Avante-Guard. He served with that unit on Dunkelheim before being wounded and sent back to Vogelheim where he linked up with Eleven Troop. Knaust is a immensely experienced colonial soldier who clashed repeatedly with the Troop head shed. Despite good service he left the unit in August 2302.

Appendix 2

Glossary of Terms







Australian Defence Force


Alician Defence Force

Armed forces of Australia or Alicia



Armoured Fighting Vehicle

Tank or infantry fighting vehicle



Aéroglisseur Services - 12

French light utility hovercraft, equivalent to Warbird or Hover Rover



Armour Piercing High Explosive




Anti Satellite Missile

Term given to any ground based weapon capable of engaging any orbital target, not just satellites



Anti-Ship Missile




Highly regarded, predominantly German mercenary force



Anti-Vehicle Missile

Powerful guided weapon



British Army Training Team Tanstaafl

British training mission to Tanstaafl on Aurore



The Hotback desert of Aurore




Croix de Guerre

French gallantry award



Commonwealth Expeditionary Forces

Beowulf based body co-ordinating the strategic operations of Commonwealth military forces on the French Arm



Combat Medical Technician

British Army company level field medic



Commanding Officer

Commander of a battalion sized unit

Commando Kieffer


Company sized sub-unit of 2e GRUFUMARCO

Commando de Montfort


Company sized sub-unit of 2e GRUFUMARCO




Derived from 'Crusty Turd'. Which one scatologically soldier believed dead Kafers resembled. Primarily used by airborne soldiers



III/13e Demi-Brigade de la Légion Étrangère

3rd Battalion, 13th Foreign Legion Half-Brigade. French infantry battalion.



Distinguished Conduct Medal

British Other Ranks gallantry award

Echo Force


Joint Special Operations Unit - Echo

American strategic special forces unit



Escape and Evasion

Tactical movement to safety if overrun or caught behind enemy lines



Emergency Rendezvous

Emergency rally point



Facilities Security Group

Security and Intelligence gathering body of the British Colonial Office



General Officer Commanding

General commanding a large command, typically a Division or larger



2e Groupement Fusiliers-Marins Commandos

2nd Naval Infantry Commando Group. French colonial maritime SF unit

Head Shed


Headquarters, at any level

From the term for the head waters of a river



Her Majesty's Ship/Starship

Designation of British military ships

The Invasion


Term used to donate the invasion of human space by the Kafer Suzerain Triumphant Destiny



Intelligence Support Wing

Shadowy branch of the SAS used to support British intelligence activity



Joint Vogelheim Brigade

Infantry formation created from Australian, American, British and Canadian peacekeeping contingents on Vogelheim that would see action on Joi and BCV



Kolonial Sonderverband 2

2nd Colonial Special Purpose Unit. German special forces unit

The Liberation


Term used to donate the human counter-attack following the Battle of Beowulf



Laying Up Point

Location used to hide and rest



Landing Zone

Landing area used by VTOL aircraft/interface transport



Military Cross

British Officers gallantry award, equivalent to the MM



Military Medal

British Other Ranks gallantry award



Military Region (Numbered)

Military command of a sub-region of New Africa based on the pre-War NAR Battalion HQ. In command of regional forces.



Marine Spatial Impérial Français

French Imperial Space Navy



Main Supply Route

Key route used for the movement of logistics and military units



Naval Interface Squadron

RJSF unit equipped with orbit-ground transport.



Observation Post




Officer Training Corps

British volunteer force, integrated into the TA and recruited from students of the Universities



Police Anti-Terrorist Unit

Anti-terrorist unit of the British New Africa Police. Later formed the basis of No.1 Commando during the Invasion



Planetary Navigation satellite system




Quick Reaction Force

Mobile body of troops held on standby to reinforce or rescue another body



Human collaborating with the Kafers either actively or passively

From the WW2 Norwegian collaborator Vidkun Quisling



Rest and Recreation




3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment

Canadian infantry battalion





I/4e REI


I/4e Régiment Étranger d' Infanterie

1st Battalion, 4th Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment. French combat walker battalion.

1/2e REP


1/2e Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes

1st Battalion, 2nd French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment. A French SF unit



Royal Green Jackets

British infantry regiment



Royal Joint Space Forces

British space military, includes the Royal Space Navy



Royal Marines

British marine corps

I/1e RPIMa


I/1e Régiment Parachutiste d' Infanterie de Marine

1st Battalion, 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment. French SF unit.



Regimental Sergeant Major

The senior NCO in any British or Commonwealth battalion or regiment



Royal Space Navy

Arm of the of the RJSF that mans Britain's combat starships



Royal Space Navy Intelligence Service

Intelligence gathering and analysis branch of the RJSF



Returned To Unit

Ultimate sanction of the SAS - being thrown out and sent back to your original unit.



Royal Wellon Constabulary

National police force of the Commonwealth of Wellon

Safe Place


Kafer fortification/stronghold

Translation of the Kafer term Ch*!!



Surface to Air Missile




Special Air Service

British Army special forces



Special Air Service Regiment

Australian SAS



Short Barrel Grenade Launcher configuration of the L95 Machine Gun




Special Boat Service

Royal Marines maritime special forces

The Scouts


New African special forces unit, patterned on the SAS



Special Forces


SK 19



German issue assault rifle



Special Planetary Sections

Royal Marines spaceborne special forces



Special Service Force

Canadian force including specialist light infantry and SF elements



Territorial Army

Territorial Army, Volunteers and Reserves. British volunteer and reserve forces



Tactical Integrated Soldier System

British infantryman's combat optics, electronics and communications



United Kingdom Special Forces

General term covering all UK SF; SAS, SBS, SPS etc.



Thin but robust fibre optics cable



'Resistance'. German resistance movement on Dunkelheim




Specialist anti-terrorist squad of the RWC

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