By September 1944, Hikari's magic prowess has improved as she is able to cross a body of water with her magic. It is also mentioned that Gallia had been liberated from the Neuroi thanks to the efforts of 501st Joint Fighter Wing. Later that month, Hikari and Takami board a Fuso aircraft carrier and set off for Europe as Hikari's family and schoolmates including Mia see them off. At the 502nd base, Gundula Rall and Edytha Rossmann discuss the upcoming arrival of Takami.
Three weeks later in the Artic Ocean, Hikari continues to train and hang out with the rest of the sailors as they discuss how Hikari will be deployed behind the frontlines at Kauhava in Suomus. The sailors and Hikari then watch Takami take a test flight with a new Striker Unit. Takami allowsher younger sister to try out the Striker which she called Chidori as it is a migratory bird that flies long distances and thus requires the world to be at peace in order for it to do it's journey. Later that night, Takami teaches Hikari that a Striker Unit is an integral part for a witch and encourages Hikari to keep working hard.
The next morning, a large formation of Neuroi consiting of ten medium-sized and thirty small-sized units are picked up on radar and Takami along with Fuso Zeros take to the air to defend the fleet while Hikari stayed behind. While Takami and the Zeros shot down several Neuroi, the sheer number of Neuroi began to break through and wiped out around 30% of the fighters in the air. Hikari attempted to join the fighter with her trainer striker but a Neuroi beam strikes the hangar and wrecked her unit. Seeing no other choice, Takami uses her special ability to wipe out the remaining Neuroi , however in the process is seriously injured and falls back onto the carrier. While Takami is being treated for her wounds, a Neuroi hive forms nearby and sends more units to attack the Fuso fleet. Meanwhile, Aleksandra "Sasha" Pokryshkin, Waltrud Krupinski, Georgette Lemare, Kanno Naoe, Nikka "Nipa" Katajainen, and Shimohara Sadako of the 502nd are flying to meet the Fuso fleet and receives word that the fleet is under attack and requires reinforcements.
Back with the fleet, Hikari uses her sister's Striker Unit and takes off to try to hold off the Neuroi and while doing so accidently rams into a Neuroi and is somehow able to locate the core. However, Hikari's inexperience shows as she is unable to shoot any of the Neuroi down but buys enough tie for the 502nd to arrive to turn the tide. At Novo-Kholmogory in Orussia, Georgette and a doctor determine that Takami, who used up all her magic in the fight is not in a sort of hibernation to keep herself alive. With her out of the fight, the decision is made for her to return to Fuso though Naoe protests as she was looking forward to flying with Takami. Hikari volunteers to take her sisters place to help bring peace back to the world though Naoe is against this. Gundula asks Sasha for her assessment and she explains that while Hikari has zero combat experience, she did last five minutes against two mid-sized Neuroi. When Gundula then asks Edytha for her opinion, she simply states that Gundula has already made her decision. Gundula accepts Hikari into the 502nd though she states that if she wants to fight, she must become stronger.
This is referring to the end of Season 1 of Strike Witches where the 501st Joint Fighter Wing helped destroy a Neuroi hive and freeing Gallia.
The cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg was first known as Petrograd until 1924 and then as Leningrad until 1991. During World War II, the city was subjected to an 872 day siege by the German forces. Around a million civilians perished during the siege, making it one of the deadliest sieges in history. The Russians were able to hold the city as an ice road across Lake Ladoga known as the Road of Life was able to supply the besiege city while also being used to evacuate over 1.3 million civilians.
A town in Finland, it was known for it's knife making and is home to the Finnish Training Air Wing where Finnish pilot were trained.
A Karlsland witch of the 501st, she is the world's number one ace. While extremely successful in the air, Erica is known to be quite lazy on the ground.
A Japanese carbonated drink first introduced in 1884, it is stored in a bottle with the mouth being sealed by a marble. To open the drink, the marble is pushed inward. The popular drink comes in a variety of flavors. Ramune is a Japanese word borrowing from the English word of "lemonade"
One of the engineers was later present in Season 2 Episode 2 of Strike Witches.
Based on the design of the Japanese Navy floatplane fighter, theN1K Kyōfū, 強風 meaning "Strong Wind", the N1K-J was introduced in 1943 and first seeing service in 1944. The Shiden, 強風 which meant "Violent Lightning" was capable of a speed of 571 km/h, having a range of 1,087 km, and armed with four 20 mm Type 99 Mark 2. A highly capable aircraft with a high roll rate and hard hitting weapons, it was one of the few Japanese fighters that could go up against the F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair, and even the P-51 Mustang. Due to wartime production issues, only around 1,532 Shidens were produced. The Allies named this Japanese aircraft was "George".
Meaning "a thousand birds" in Japanese.
Arguably the most famous Japanese naval fighter, this aircraft was designed by Mitsubishi and put into service in 1940. Capable of a speed of 533 km/h, having a range of 1,870 km, and armed with two 7.7 mm Type 97 machine guns and two 20 mm Type 99 cannons. Highly maneuverable, having a long combat range, good firepower, and with well-trained pilots, the Zero gained a fearsome reputation early in the Pacific Theater with a 12:1 kill ratio. However, Allied pilots developed tactics to counter the Zero by avoiding turning fights. While the Zero is infamous for it's lack of self-sealing fuel tanks and armor throughout the war which made them susceptible to burning up when shot at in the correct location, it should be noted that when the Zero was developed, many other nation's aircraft also lacked this feature. The difference was that the Zero never got an upgrade of self-sealing fuel tanks though it was intended to in 1945. As more experiences pilots were lost as the war went on, the effectiveness of the Zero was reduced though the Japanese fighter would continue to be deadly in the right hands. Though upgraded throughout the war, the Zero was unable to keep up with the newer American aircraft such as the F6F Hellcat and the F4U Corsair. Around 10,939 Zeros of all variants were produced in total.
The 16th ship of the Yugumo class of destroyers, armed with six 127 mm guns in three twin turrets and 8 x 610 mm torpedo tubes, Kishinami was sunk on 4 December 1944 by the submarine USS Flasher.
Also a Yugumo class destroyer, Okinami was the 15th ship of her class, Okinami was sunk on 13 November 1944 while in Manila by a US airstrike.
A seaport in northern Russia that is inland of Arkhangelsk, the port was founded in 1584 and during World War II, was a vital port for receiving the Artic Convoys bringing supplies. Arkhangelsk was also part of the Arkhangelsk–Astrakhan line or A-A line which was the military objective for Operation Barbarossa. The plan was for the Germans to push to this line and dedicate an entire Luftflotten or "Air Fleet" to bomb the Soviets east of this line as it was deemed impossible by the Germans to conquer the entire Soviet nation in one military operation.
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