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The TSF In Action series are various short stories depicting a number of events, battles and operations all over the world and throughout the human war of resistance: from the 1980s on the European Front, to going as far as The Day After in 2004. The series also includes other entries in the franchise, related to Total Eclipse, Schwarzesmarken and The Euro Front.

Originally published in Hobby Japan, the stories have also been compiled in six Cross Operation books, with additional material.

Published IssuesEdit

#1: 12/5 IncidentEdit

A retelling of the 12/5 Incident, where Tsukuyomi Mana defends Shirogane Takeru from Sagiri Naoya's attack.

#2: Dissimilar Air Combat TrainingEdit

A joint military exercise between two elements of Type-82/F-4J Kai Zuikaku and F-15C Eagles takes place, as Japan's decision to continue domestic development hinges on its results.

#3: Generation ChangeEdit

The F-22A Raptor is unveiled at Langley Base, and welcomed by the Americans with joy and confidence.

#4: Ultra Long-Distance SnipingEdit

Tamase Miki's wonder feat in Unlimited is retold in this issue.

#5: Burning Sand GraveEdit

The opening hours to the defense of Suez Canal are recounted in gory detail.

#6: Sortie At DaybreakEdit

The pride of the US Navy, the F-14D Tomcat, prepares to sortie against the BETA in Kyoto.

#7: XM3: A New HopeEdit

Shirogane Takeru demonstrates the power of manual control, in this retelling of the XM3 Trials.

#8: Question of HonorEdit

The YF-22 and the YF-23's tale of rivalry and elimination is documented in this issue.

#9: Connection of BloodEdit

The XFJ-01a, a sword newly-forged by the combined efforts of Empire of Japan and the United States of America, is unveiled to the world for the first time.

#10: The Killing FieldsEdit

Argos-2 and Argos-3 test the F-15 ACTV's close-combat abilities the way it's meant to be: with fresh BETA, on the blood-soaked fields of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

#11: Crimson JungleEdit

A routine sensor-laying mission turns out to be the last performance of the Unified Front of China's Feihu Squadron.

#12: The Tyrant's Ascension to the ThroneEdit

Even the Americans do not know how much potential the Raptor has, and they're going to do everything they can to find out how far can they push their magnum opus.

#13: Battle of RhodesEdit

Greek and Turkish forces, a young Ibrahim Doğulu amongst their ranks, fight side-by-side to defend the Rhodes from BETA attack.

#14: Wintering PlacesEdit

Captain Fujiwara Kanae and the First Independent Northern Squadron of the Imperial Royal Guard are proof of the changing political landscape of the world, even as they complete another routine patrol in the freezing wastes of Siberia.

#15: Red Star RisingEdit

The 211 Batalon Zhar defends a forward base, sparing nothing, never giving up.

#16: The Euro Front #1: ZerberusschanzeEdit

The arrival of three recently commissioned officers to the JA44 Zerberus Bataillon marks the start of a new campaign against the BETA.

#17: Colors of DutyEdit

In the ruins of Kyoto, Ikaruga Takatsugu, Tsukuyomi Maya, and the 16th Guard Battalion of the Royal Guard prepare to spill the blood of the BETA, as a final offering to the dying city of their ancestry.

#18: The Euro Front #2: FluoreszenzEdit

Newly-inducted Zerberus Bataillon members Ilfriede von Feulner and Lunateresia von Witzleben test their skills in a life-firing exercise to determine their placing in the battalion's various squadrons.

#19: The World Worth Fighting ForEdit

The XFJ-01a and XFJ-01b take on each other in high-speed close-quarters combat as part of a test.

#20: Dive into the HellEdit

Henri Gischen and the Aquila Squadron march on in the face of overwhelming odds, as the United Nation's 6th Orbital Diver Corps strike at the Sadogashima Hive.

#21: The Euro Front #3: VorländerwölfeEdit

Even as the JA44 continue to induct new officers into their roles, their leaders, the Black King Wolf and White Wolf, lay waste to a group of BETA at the former port city of Le Havre, France.

#22: Silent DawnEdit

Azriel Test Flight of the Middle Eastern Coalition is ordered to record a side of the BETA that mankind has seldom seen before.

#23: The Euro Front #4: Fresh Breeze Strikes!Edit

At the dawn to her first combat operation under the command of the Deutsch-Franzosische Brigade, Ilfriede von Feulner and Bernadette Le Tigre De La Rivière meet for the first time.

#24 Pissing MetalsEdit

The A-6Js of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 17th Tactical Armored Unit, Stingrays Squadron, take on the highest odds in the opening move to retake the Cheorwon Hive.

#25: The Euro Front #5: Friend or FoeEdit

May 25, 2000. The 8 Minutes of Death is every nuggets' greatest fear, and even Ilfriede von Feulner, choosen as part of the vaunted JA44 Zerberus Bataillon, is no exception.

#26: Heritage of ValkyriesEdit

Suzumiya Akane leads the Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group's Skuld Squadron in their evaluation of the Test Type-02 Shiranui Second and its new weapon.

#27: Valkyries HereafterEdit

Munakata Misae encounters a memory of her former leader, even as she leads the Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group's Urd Squadron deep into the Cheorwon Hive, in their test maneuvers of the F-15SEJ Gekkou.

#28: The Euro Front #6: Fire DisciplineEdit

Bernadette Le Tigre De La Rivière displays her skills with the Rafale in this issue. Tigre flies, BETA die!

#29: Proof of Surface PilotEdit

The MiG-29 Lastochka showcases its capabilities in urban combat, as the Soviets ruthlessly put down an uprising in their corner of western Alaska.

#30: The Butterfly DreamEdit

An incomplete monster of close-combat awakens, as the Soviets run war games in Alaska with their recently-delivered Su-47E.

#31: The Euro Front #7: Haves and HavenotsEdit

Ilfriede's memory of a West Germany that she barely remembers burns her heart as the Zerberus make ready to depart their foster home of the United Kingdoms at the Liverpool naval port, a place that has seen bloody battle, and yet, managed to survive the onslaught.

#32: Blood Red CarpetEdit

Fear comes from all sides as Soviets pilots, armed with the F-14AN3 Mindseeker, lead their espers into the bowels of the Bhophal Hive as part of the latest Alternative Plan.

#33: Morgen und NebelEdit

An East German tank crew member admires his nation's pride and industrial prowess in achieving domestic manufacture of the MiG-21 Balalaika.

#34: Carbon-Carbon FrictionEdit

A side-story of the 12/5 Incident, where Captain Isumi Michiru of Special Task Force A-01 takes on IJMDF Lieutenant Komaki Sayoko, of the 1st Tactical Armor Regiment, in close-combat.

#35: IncardineEdit

Small does not mean weak, as terrorist mercenary Christopher and his men hunt down Idol Test Flight
using stolen MiG-29OVTs during the Yukon Base Incident, September 21, 2001.

#36: The Euro Front #8: Natural-Born GunslingersEdit

Ilfriede gets strung along on an exhausting ride of endless showers of 36mm and 120mm during the DANCCT exercises, as her partnership with Bernadette in the Franco-German Special Forces Unit Mulhouse shows her the standards expected of a front-line eishi.

#37: First-in, Last-outEdit

A US Marine Corps squadron participates in one of the numerous raiding operations that are carries out on the Euro Front, as the best of the United Kingdom and the USMC fight side-by-side to delay defeat for another day.

#38: Continental FightersEdit

The strongest of the Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group return to the battlefield alongside the 211 Batalon Zhar, as they take the first step to assaulting the Blagoveshchensk Hive. For certain members of the Fuji TFTG, another living memory of their former Captain is now alongside them...

#39: Bake The EnemiesEdit

Let it not be said that the US Army has never fought a battle with the odds stacked against it, as the A-10A Thunderbolt IIs of the 54th Tactical Surface Attacker Squadron Pit Masters shows what it truly means to hold the line, and to die standing.

#40: The Euro Front #9: Soul of the ArtilleriesEdit

The Sturmvogel has returned stronger than ever; but in the face of even heavier attrition warfare against the BETA, can it stand up to the task as it did years ago when West Germany fell?

#41: Ring of Blizzard Neisse 1983Edit

The Oder-Neisse Defense Line is battered by yet another BETA assault as the 666th TSF Squadron Schwarzesmarken takes on impossible odds to find and destroy Laser-class BETA.

#42: Cage of StasiEdit

The German Democratic Republic does not look upon deserters kindly, and the Werewolf Battalion of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, led by Major Beatrix Brehmer, are infamous for their ruthless efficiency in dealing with turncoats.

#43: The Noblest ColorEdit

The arrival and unveiling of the Shogun's Type-00R at the United Nations' Yokohama Base strikes a majestic sight.

#44: Red Star and Red HammerEdit

A friendly spar between Soviet MiG-27s and East Germany MiG-23s proves just how fast technology is improving in the modern day.

#45: Into the SkyEdit

The XFJ-01a begins what would be its first test in a gauntlet of objectives in the following months.

#46: In the CageEdit

Takamura Yui demonstrates the power of the Takemikazuchi in the fight to defend Yukon Base.

#47: Manipulated VictoryEdit

When the Werewolf Battalion of the Stasi appear on the battlefield, no one knows if they're there to assist friendly forces or hunt down one of their own.

#48: The Euro Front #10: Black Rim, Lasing ForestEdit

The JA44 Bataillon Zerberus sorties in a rescue mission against the BETA, braving heavy laser fire to complete their mission.

#49: The Euro Front #11: Red StrikeEdit

A continuation of Issue #48. You better start running 'cause the Ralerstein's a-comin'~

#50: Salty Fields Never EndEdit

Lilia Kjellberg leads a new Black Knives squadron in combat as the BETA assault Seattle, the memories of her comrades burned into her mind for evermore.

#51: As Long As We RememberEdit

Narumi Takayuki and Taira Shinji give their all in the Yokohama Hive Battle, the first succesful operation to take a BETA Hive.

#52: Red, White, and BlueEdit

Shirogane Takeru and Tsukuyomi Mana display the peak of their skills back-to-back in the defense of Yokohama Base, as they shower the surface of the base in alien blood.

#53: The Longest DayEdit

When all hope is lost in the Sadogashima Hive battle, the Imperial Royal Guard's 16th Guard Battalion arrives to turn the tides, with a prominent leader at the front...

#54: The Euro Front #12: AdorationEdit

Many years have passed, and the worst of the nightmare is over. Now a leader of men in his own right, Makabe Seijyurou of the Royal Guard, with the memories of his past close to his heart, prepares to lead his unit into battle.

#55: Allbright TurnEdit

Two cadets, Miura Sonoko and Fujisawa Tsukiko, outdo themselves trying to beat the demon instructor, Jinguuji Marimo. There are certain boundaries that can't be crossed with willpower and guts alone, however...

#56: Baltic StrikeEdit

The 666th TSF Squadron Schwarzesmarken take on the task of securing a beachhead in the opening minutes of Operation Neptune, and Theodor Eberbach experiences firsthand the pressure of command.

#57: COURAGE UNDER FIREEdit

The Valkyries of A-01 and the 19th Independent Guard Flight face off against the horde of BETA attempting to overrun Yokohama Base's interior, as the heated Defence of Yokohama Base reaches its zenith.

#58: A Smile of a CarnivoreEdit

The product of two prideful nations cross swords with each other; Yuuya Bridges in the XFJ-01a takes on Christopher's MiG-29OVT during the defence of Yukon Base, even as the clandestine evaluation of the autonomous programs installed in the unmanned TSFs continue...

#59: DEEP BLUEEdit

Taking place in The Day After, this issue details the underwater tussle between Tatsunami Hibiki and an insurgent A-6J... from the insurgent's point of view.

#60: The Euro Front #13: Roter KriegshammerEdit

The Zerberus Bataillon and the MiG-29OVTs of the Nationale Volksarmee engage in joint combat action, and Lunateresia von Witzleben gets to fulfill one more wish of hers; to see one of the rare, savage Fulcrums up close and personal...

#61: Summit Level CombatEdit

Once again taking place in The Day After, this issue chronicles Walken and Sagiri's rematch of rematches in an alternate universe.

#62: Battle of FantasistaEdit

As the XFJ-01a and Su-37UB stalk each other in the ruins of Yukon Base's testing grounds, a silent hunt explodes into a brutal close-quarters contest in tight urban conditions.

#63: Seed of NoblesEdit

A young Takamura Yui gets a glimpse of mankind's determination during her retreat through Kyoto, as her former instructor Sanada Kozou teaches her the final lesson of war.

#64: Blooming of NoblesEdit

A loose continuation of #63. The lessons of Yui's youth are the closest to her heart, and she does not forget them even in the heat of battle.

#65: Grey Skies, Blue DiveEdit

Based on the events in the Total Eclipse novels and the first few minutes of Episode 8 of the anime, the 211 Batal'on Zhar rescue beleaguered troops and beat back a BETA incursion on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

#66: Blue Blade DivinationEdit

Based on Episode 2 of the Total Eclipse anime, the Type-98XR, under the command of Takatsukasa Kyouko, dances a dance of death throughout the Tank-drenched streets of a besieged Kyoto.

#67: Dead LineEdit

Based on the events of the Total Eclipse novels and Episode 5 of the anime, Takamura Yui and Yuuya Bridges settle their differences the only way it can be done; Type-00 against Type-94-1C, blade to blade!

#68: CHINA STORMEdit

Based on the events of the Total Eclipse novels and Episode 16 of the anime, the J-10X and the XFJ-01a cross swords against each other in a display of close-quarter tactics employed by Asia's two strongest frontline nations.

#69: NO GOING BACKEdit

Based on the events of Episode 24 of the anime, the XFJ-01a and the Su-47 cross blades against each other, as Yuuya Bridges struggles to survive under the withering blows of the "Scarlet Twins".

#70: Duty -Lost Arcadia- #14: Sonic ScissorsEdit

The EF-2000 Typhoon is no less an anti-TSF combatant than any other 3rd generation TSF, as the Sonic Baron quickly proves to the other pilots of the JA44 in high-speed melee combat.

#71: Duty -Lost Arcadia- #15: London Bridge Is Rising UpEdit

The JA44 enact a flyby display across several landmarks in London, celebrating the successful defense and rebuilding of the city.

#72: First ContactEdit

The events of Argos Test Flight's first combat in the Total Eclipse anime, VN, and novels, pitting Yuuya Bridges and Stella Bremer against Tarisa Manandal and Valerio Giacosa, is covered in this issue.

#73: Doomed ResistanceEdit

Based on the same events depicted in the Total Eclipse TV anime; while his team flounders, Yuuya Bridges of Ghost Squadron does the impossible; taking the fight to the F-22A Raptor EMD Phase.

#74: Kukri Knife AttackEdit

Based on the same events depicted in the Total Eclipse franchise, when the F-15 ACTV's and the Su-37UB Terminator face off against each other in the skies.

#75: BLACK KNIGHTEdit

On the 1st of  January, 2006, over the barrens of Colorado, of the United States of America, the knights of two different nations clash, as a Type-00C Takemikazuchi leaps into battle against French Rafales.

#76: MOUSQUETAIRES GRISEdit

A parallel story to #75. On the 1st of  January, 2006, over the barrens of Colorado, of the United States of America, French and IJMDF forces clash in earnest.

#77: Gray GhostEdit

On the 11th of July, 1993, two TSFs penetrated the former border between Finland and the Soviet Union on a covert mission. Their advance was shrouded in darkness, but for their TSFs, it was the only chance they had within that era to bring their power to bear on the battlefield, as their makers had intended for them to.

#78: Daemon's SoulEdit

Features a Special Task Force A-01 Type-94 Shiranui piloted by Hayase Mitsuki.

#79: All GUNS BLAZINGEdit

Features the Su-47E Berkut.

#80: BLITZENEdit

Features the EF-2000 Typhoon Wilfried von Aichberger custom.

#81: The future starts todayEdit

Features the Shiranui Second Phase 3 Yuuya Bridges custom.

#82: RivalEdit

Features the F-22A EMD Raptor Phase2 and the YF-22 N22YF prototype.

#83: Perfect CrimeEdit

Features a Su-47pzX1 Berkut.

#84: Ace in the holeEdit

Features Type-00A Takemikazuchi.

#85: Keep on Rollin' Edit

Features the Shiranui Second Phase 3 Unit 2.

#86: Memory of auroraEdit

Features the Shiranui Second Phase 3 in demonstrator colors.

#87: Fetal MovementEdit

Features the Type-00F Takemikazuchi in UN colors.

#88: Tradition of the Kyoto GuardEdit

Features the Type-00R Takemikazuchi.

#89: Samurai EaglesEdit

Features the F-15J Kagerou and the F-15SEJ Gekkou.

#90: Promised Run of the House GuardsEdit

Features a Type-94 Shiranui of the Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group, 11th Squadron.
TSFIA Summaries
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