No. 134 – Rogue Trooper

Right panel: Pvt. Clarence Ware (W.I.A., Normandy) applies war paint to Pvt. Charles Plaudo, 5 June 1944

Rogue Trooper by Cam Kennedy for the cover of Rogue Trooper Book Two (Titan Books, 1986), written by Gerry Finley-Day vs. The Filthy Thirteen

Prog 228 (1981) by Dave Gibbons

The Filthy Thirteen was the name given to the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, or “Screaming Eagles”, of the US Army; a modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations.

During the Second World War it was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord – the D-Day landings starting 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France – Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands, and action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium.

The war paint idea came from James Elbert “Jake” McNiece (1919–2013) – part Choctaw himself – to honour his Native American heritage and to energize the men for the danger ahead.

This particular photograph was the one of the inspirations for Rogue Trooper’s look, along with a photograph of the Rats of Tobruk [not necessarily this particular image], the name given to the Australian garrison that held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the German Afrika Corps during the Siege of Tobruk (1941) in the Second World War.

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