Battle Action Force

April 6th, 1985
(Wave 2 #518)

Comic Information
Country: England
Publisher: IPC Magazines LTD
Release: Weekly
Duration: Wave 2 Cobra Era -- 96 Issues

Additional Non Action Force Stories: The Nightmare, Charley's War, The Sarge & Treasure Tomb
Notes of Interest:
Data File: Gung-Ho
The Hawk helicopter, which is actually Cobra's FANG design, was a Action Force vehicle but in the story Death of the Hawk it is switched to being on Cobra's side and renamed the F.A.N.G.

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Operation: Snakebite
The Baroness
Death of the Hawk
Story #1
Story Title: Operation: Snakebite
Creative Team: Writer: James Nicholas, Artist: Jim Watson, Letterer: Nigal Eaton
Summary: Recondo, Rip Cord and Flash, after leaving behind the Action Force training facility, have decided to turn back. They parachute back into the swamp. Cobras are attacking the training facility in secret. After landing Flash sneaks into the armory, gets some weapons and raises the alarm about the attack.
Major Players:
Action Force: None
GI Joe: Major Flagg, Duke, Recondo, Flash, Rip Cord
Cobra: Zartan,
Red Shadows: None

Story #2
Story Title: The Baroness (front cover)
Creative Team: Writer: James Nicholas, Artist: Vanyo, Letterer: Peter Knight
A series of high profit assassinations and attacks have been very successful for the Muller-Stromberg Freedom Group. The Baroness, now firmly in control of the group, has set her next terrorist attack on the Kelden Memorial Dam. Karl flying a helicopter with the Baroness & Helga riding shotgun begin sweeping the dam killing the guards. The helicopter attack is a diversion as Bruno driving a truck crashes through the barriers and drives the truck off the top the dam, just as he jumps clear. The truck falls to the bottom of the dam blowing up destroying the dam. Later, the radio reports that the Muller-Stromberg base of operations and weapons supply had been discovered. The Baroness creates another plan to get money, make a raid on her own parents.
Major Players:
Action Force:Unknown
GI Joe: Unknown
Cobra: Unknown
Red Shadows: Unknown

Story #3
Story Title: Death of the Hawk
Creative Team: Writer: Gerry Day, Artist: Geoff Campion, Letterer: Tim Skomski
Summary: At an airfield, Duke, Scarlett & Gung-Ho watch a whole squad, equaling the entire fleet of Hawk helicopters, that Action Force has arrives, unexpectedly. The lead pilot Munro tells Duke he was following his orders. Cobra makes there attack. It is a trap to get all of Action Force's Hawk helicopters in one place and destroy them. A furious battle erupts with all of the Hawk's being destroyed and the death of Munro. As Cobra retreats, in another country, the Baroness has just killed an Action Force scientist. That scientist has given her the design plans to the Hawk helicopter. Action Force loses the Hawk helicopter to Cobra. Months later, Destro displays his newly designed F.A.N.G. helicopter.
Major Players:
Action Force:Munro
GI Joe: Duke, Gung-Ho, Scarlett
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Destro, Baroness
Red Shadows: None

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