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- "The fifth one was here in Poland, near the Baltic. And the sixth one was about... here. Thirty, forty miles west of the Maginot line."
- ―Captain America about the HYDRA factories
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe.
World War II
Steve Rogers witnessed a map showing the location of HYDRA facilities in Europe while liberating the prisoners in the Austrian HYDRA Weapons Facility. For that he was tasked to destroy all those facilities with a team while MI6 focused on locating the central HYDRA Headquarters.
In Poland, Rogers was able to thwart an ambush in a forest, killing a soldier hid amongst the trees.
Infiltration into Soviet Territory
An Strategic Scientific Reserve assault team composed of Agents Jack Thompson, Peggy Carter, Mike Li and Rick Ramirez traveled to Poland in order to investigate a set of coordinates in Belarus that were presumed to be the location of a deal between Howard Stark and Leviathan for the prototype of a Havoc Reactor.
Inside the plane, Thompson was nervous for the jump and Carter, noticing his hands were trembling, tried to calm him explaining that it would be just as he remembered it. Thompson asked if she was a mind reader or it was just her woman's intuition speaking, so Carter guessed that it was Thompson's first jump.
Thompson pointed it was actually the ninth, as he had eight training jumps before, but Carter explained that given he had infiltrated hostile territory before, he would be fine, the only thing he should do is to follow their lead. Thompson coldly told Carter that he already had a mother, and what he needed were soldiers.
Thompson explained they would be drop at 10 kilometers from their rendezvous point with the tactical team, and Carter assured they would be there. Thompson was the first to jump from the plane, and the rest of the team followed him. Upon landing, they hid their parachutes and Thompson took lead to travel to the the rendezvous point.
As the team arrived to the point, a group of men hidden in the forest pointed them with their guns, and started to discuss about animals, saying the words "Emu" and "Ostrich". Cartered lowered her team's weapons, realizing that Dum Dum Dugan forgot the password as usual, so she reminded him that the password was eagle.
Dugan and the rest of the 107th regiment, the tactical team appointed for the mission, came out of the forest. Li recognized Dugan, and Carter introduced her teammmates to the rest of the regiment, Junior Juniper, Pinky Pinkerton and Happy Sam Sawyer, as they already knew who Dugan was.
Ramirez was excited to meet the Howling Commandos, and as Sawyer said that he hated that name, Juniper complained, given that he was the one who created the name. Ramirez remarked Dugan that he fought together with Captain America during World War II, but Dugan acknoledged that not as long as Carter did.
Thompson introduced himself and explained his plan to head east until reaching the Russian border. Dugan told him that they would encounter many Russian soldiers before reaching the border, so their safer route was to travel to Lithuania and cross the border in Ashmyany. Thompson asked if they planned to walk to Lithuania, but Dugan revealed the trucks they were going to use.
Carter and Dugan boarded the back of a truck, and Dugan asked if she brought what he asked for. Carter revealed a bottle of bourbon from her own private stash, and Dugan, while complimenting German beer, said that nobody made a bourbon like the one from the United States. Dugan served two sips, and they both drank the bourbon.
Dugan asked the whole story behind their mission, and Carter explained that the Strategic Scientific Reserve was convinced that Howard Stark was trying to sell technology to enemies of the United States, and Leviathan was a potential buyer. Dugan realized that Carter disagreed, ash she believed that Stark was not selling weapons to anybody, as despite all of his defects, he was not a traitor.
Dugan then guessed the deal was a trap, as everything was always a trap, so Carter acknowledged that was the reason they brought the guns, though wondering what is Leviathan true motivations to lure them with the promise of capturing Stark.
Dugan picked a cigar, saying that maybe they just wanted the pleasure of Carter's company, and Carter took Dugan's cigar and threw it outside the truck, saying that he already smelt bad enough. Dugan told Carter that she used to be fun, and Carter acknowledged that maybe once upon a time. Dugan realized what she meant, telling her that he missed Captain America too.
Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson and Rick Ramirez returned to an airfield in Poland escorted by the Howling Commandos in order to return to New York City. Thompson and Ramirez said goodbye to the Commandos, with Ramirez assuring he was honored of having served with them.
Dum Dum Dugan asked Carter if she was sure she wanted to return, as the Commandos could always use another good fighter, and the only thing she needed was a nickname. Carter thought it was time to finish her days on the front lines, as someone needed to stay at the United States, and besides, she had to convince the Strategic Scientific Reserve of Howard Stark's innocence.
Dugan and Carter embraced and said they would miss each other, this quote gave Dugan an idea for Carter's nickname: "Miss Union Jack". Carter, embarrassed by the nickname, told Dugan to never speak again.
Dugan went to ask Doctor Ivchenko if ne needed them to take him home, but he said that he did not have a home anymore. Carter offered Ivchenko to take him to New York City, as he could help the Strategic Scientific Reserve in their fight against Leviathan. Ivchenko agreed, saying he would help in any way he could.
Dugan handed Ivchenko his bottle of bourbon, and he asked if they had vodka instead. He gave a sip, and was not pleased by its taste, but he asked Dugan to have the rest. Before Dugan could refuse, Carter told Ivchenko he could have it, and he shook hands with Dugan, who said goodbye to the bourbon as Carter and Ivchenko boarded the plane.
Five years after finishing his studies at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Grant Ward was assigned to an undercover mission, having to pose as a Russian attaché at the embassy in Warsaw. He spent sixteen months in a deep undercover situation, that ended up being his longest undercover mission.