First Appearance: Thunderbolts #40 (July 2000).
Appearances: Thunderbolts #40, Citizen V & the V-Battalion v1 #1-3, v2 #1-4.
Years Active: 1941-present.

The V-Battalion was originally a group of guerrillas, led by Citizen V, who fought in occupied Europe, in France and later in Poland. After the death of the original Citizen V the V-Battalion disbanded or was killed (it's not yet clear which).

After World War Two ended Roger Aubrey, the Destroyer, met with the All-Winners Squad and "decided to create a superhuman fighting force on an international scale." In 1951 he formed the second V-Battalion, and since then the group has been covertly fighting villains and criminals across the globe. They are based in the Eastern European nation of Symkaria, operating from Castle Masada, and are led by the Penance Council.

Besides the various troops who make up the V-Battalion's grunts, the membership of the V-Battalion's Penance Council consists of:

Bits of the V-Battalion's past have been revealed in the mini-series. The Angel was at one time one of their members. Namor the Sub-Mariner was offered membership in the Battalion but refused because he didn't trust them. Howard Stark (father of Iron Man) and Nathaniel Richards (father of Reed Richards) built the Vanguard, the Battalion's base, "using reverse-engineered alien technology," and Tony Stark and Reed Richards updated the Vanguard's tech "though they don't know it."

In the past the Golden Sun was a member of the Penance Council; her death in battle presumably occurred while serving the V-Battalion. The original membership of the Penance Council included: Roger Aubrey, Brian Falsworth (aka Union Jack (II)), Thomas Holloway (the Angel), Robert Frank (Whizzer), Madeleine Joyce (Miss America), Elizabeth Barstow, Helmut Gruler, Irene Martinez, Hijiri "Sam" Sabuki (the great-grandfather to Goldfire), and Reb Ralston (former member of Sgt. Fury's Howling Commandos).

Most tantalizingly, issue #2 of the first Citizen V miniseries showed a montage of "secret tales of the V-Battalion." These stories, which I hope will one day be revealed, are:

At the end of the second Citizen V miniseries Roger Aubrey retired, turning command of the V-Battalion over to Jim Hammond, the Human Torch (I).

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