Behold The Future
The Allies of Freedom
While the Freedom Force battled the Axis on the home front, the Allies of Freedom operated primarily in the European Theatre of war from 1942 through 1945. Le Guillotine and la Renard Rogue led French Resistance cells in central and southern France. Golemeth fought to free his fellow Jews from amidst the Polish ghettos. Der Weiße Dorn and die Weiße Rose—White Thorn and White Rose—fought a rebel action against the Hitler Youth and the Nazi propaganda machine within Germany. Spitfire Jones and Lady Celtic battled the Blitz over London, and the Mehire fought against Romany persecution, despite being an outcast from his own gypsy tribe. Wilhelm Kantor brought the Allies of Freedom together in December of 1941. As part of a plot to exterminate all resistance to the Third Reich in Europe in a single stroke, Kantor leaked intelligence to a number of European heroes of a new Nazi super-weapon being tested in the port town of Utska, Poland. Eight heroes took the bait, and Kantor’s Der Ubersoldaten ambushed them. Golemeth, le Guillotine, and the Gypsy hero Mehire died during the battle, but their sacrifice allowed the other five heroes to regroup and escape. The survivors made it back to London, where they learned America had joined the war effort after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Allied commanders brought in a sixth member for the team, the American Sarge Shrapnel. The six, while initially wary, grew into a tight-knit unit effective at harassing German holdings in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. When the Human Tank and Gunner joined the team in June of ‘42, they had the strength and the unity that allowed them to make strikes deep into Germany and Poland. Freedom Force operated independently throughout the war on Doctor Tomorrow’s “secret intelligence sources” (namely his knowledge of the future), while the Allies of Freedom worked directly with the European Theater’s central command and often supported allied advances. This difference proved key in how their fame grew as well. The League was well known in America for its newsreel-ready exploits. The AF, however, grew famous in the eyes of the European people (especially the French Resistance) and the soldiers with whom they served. While rumors and footage of their exploits reached American shores, it wasn’t until after the war was over that most Americans back home heard of the heroism of the Allies of Freedom. Unfortunately, most of the heroes never lived to see it. The AF’s darkest days were the end of March 1945. Wilhelm Kantor fled Germany as the Reich fell around him. He ordered his protégé Nacht-Krieger to slay any Allied superhumans he could and prevent his capture. The Allies discovered this plan and intercepted their nemeses, though they unwisely split up their forces to tackle a number of different ongoing threats. With newly enhanced powers, Nacht-Krieger cut a terrible swath through the Allies: only the Human Tank and Gunner and the light-bearers White Rose and White Thorn survived, the latter giving their lives to imprison Nacht-Krieger beneath the ocean near New York. The Human Tank and Gunner perished in occupied Japan shortly after V-J Day, murdered by the Japanese super-soldier Crimson Katana. The Allies of Freedom remain renowned heroes in Europe, particularly honored by twelve-foot high statues in a park in Lourdes, France, for their role in aiding the French Resistance and freeing the nation from Nazi tyranny.