Strategic Aeronautic Service

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The Strategic Aeronautic Service - in Auresian Servizio Strategico Aeronautico, nicknamed the Hoomhoffers, and abbreviated SSA - are a highly elite unit within the Imperial Auresian Armed Forces that specialize in airborne assault and parachute drops. They serve as first strike units, infiltration forces and as force reconnaissance. Their name is a play on the name of Heinrich Haimenhoff, a Hellish expatriate who defected to Auresia near the end of the Pan-Anarian War. While he never held an official military commission within the service, his military background and experience were used extensively in developing new and more efficient methods of unit deploymentand tactics. He was likewise the mastermind behind the formation of this force.

The SSA is one of the first such entities in the world, and is the first deployment of fully dedicated paratroopers in military history.


Background

Methods

Auresian troopers known as Hoomhoffers are formally named "military parachutists" — soldiers trained in parachuting into an operation and usually functioning as part of an airborne force. They are used for tactical advantage as they can be inserted into the battlefield from the air, thereby allowing them to be positioned in areas not accessible by land. It is one of the three types of "forced entry" strategic techniques for entering a theater of war; the other two are by land and sea. This ability to enter the battle from different locations allows these elite to evade fortifications that are in place to prevent attack from a specific direction, and the possible use of paratroopers forces an army to spread their defences to protect other areas which would otherwise be safe by virtue of the geography. Another common use for paratroopers is to establish an airhead for other units. Hoomhoffers are also trained in conducting drop zones, pickup zones, and landing sites for various aircraft.

Present Day

The doctrine of this branch first practically was applied to warfare in the 7560s. Recent equipage has parachutes of a round design. These parachutes could be steered to a small degree by pulling on the risers (four straps connecting the paratrooper's harness to the connectors) and suspension lines which attach to the parachute canopy itself. Today, paratroopers still use round parachutes, or round parachutes modified as to be more fully controlled with toggles. The parachutes are usually deployed by a static line. Mobility of the parachutes is often deliberately limited to prevent scattering of the troops when a large number parachute together.

There is a full cohort of Hoomhoffers in every Order of Battle within the Armed Forces. If not called upon to carry out duties in line with their highly specialized skills, they serve in normal capacities as field officers and personnel as required.

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Key Officials

Supreme Military Commander: Antono Cholini

Equipment

Field: Weaponry of the Imperial Auresian Armed Forces
Vehicles: Vehicles of the Imperial Auresian Army
Ships: Ships of the Imperial Auresian Navy
Aircraft: Craft of the Imperial Auresian Air Force
Personnel: Uniforms & Insignia of the Imperial Auresian Armed Forces

Specialised Units Chemical Warfare Service, Siege Engineering Service, Heliolux Fleet, Defence Intelligence Service, War Research Service
Elite Units Military: Strategic Aeronautic Service, Senex Dragoons

Independent: Tentenal Guard, Ministry Police

Recognition Honours & Orders, Decorations & Commendations
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