When you think of The Angel of Verdun ya prob’ly think of Rita Vrataski of Pittsfield, Illinois, aka the Full Metal Bitch. But you’re wrong. It ain’t Rita. Her real name is Ashley. So, just who is Ashley? We really don’t have the slightest idea. We just enjoy her social media posts and want her to be a part of our Tribe. The Ashley Angel of Verdun (i.e. the real one) is a veteran, a competitive shooter, and knowledgable as five kinds of fuck.
She’s also a nerd after our own heart (q.v.).
But do we know any more than that?
No. We do not. Not yet.
But we will. But we digress. Allow us to tell you about…
The Angel of Verdun (IG)
Her account is on the ‘Gramz at @_angel_of_verdun (q.v.).
This is the rundown of the modified ALICE LCE she uses to run 7.62×39 magazines.
“I run this setup when using ALICE in conjunction with my SLR-107 FR or AMD-65 to carry up to six (6) 30-round. AK magazines. I installed dividers in the Eagle Industries SAW pouches to accommodate 3x AK mags each. It uses the same packing list that I use in all of my chest rigs…This setup is run with a rifle only. Note the radio whip is lashed to the rear suspender strap with a weatherproof rubber band to keep it from hanging free and moving around. This can be un-done rapidly to access the radio.”
All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (A.L.I.C.E.): 7.62×39 Setup
M1972 Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (LLCE)
• Belt, Individual Equipment- Case, Field First Aid Dressing/Unmounted Magnetic Compass x1
• Case, Pistol Magazine 9mm LC1 x1 (I use this for a multitool)
• Case, Small Arms Ammunition LC2 (M16 30 rounder) x1
• Eagle Industries 200rd. SAW/ GP Pouch x2
• Case, Field First Aid Dressing
• Cover, Water Canteen x2
• BlackHawk Enhanced Buttpack w/ spare CAT TQ lashed to the bottom
• London Bridge Trading (LBT) Model: LBT-0816 Load Bearing “H” Style Suspenders
• USGI ICOM Radio Pouch
• Garmin Fortrex 401 GPS
• Ranger Pace Beads
• S-hook carabiner
• Five-Four Communications U-94A NEXUS Kenwood-NATO PTT adapter
• Canteen, 1QT W/ AVON M50 cap x2
• Cup, Canteen
• Thyrm Cell Vaults on the belt and in the butt pack for spare batteries.
If you’re a gearhead/battle-rattle junky – or a Fallout fan – like many of us, you probably appreciated that.
Scroll down, we’ll share another.
“I don’t wear my modern kit as much, but when I do, I combine it with cold war service rifles and weird surplus. I run armor for business, I run chest rigs for pleasure.” The (Real) Angel of Verdun
Here’s how she explains her personal favorite chest rig (which she explains has both pros and cons).
SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig
“The 1980s called and they want their guns back. [This is] My SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig is set up to be worn in conjunction with my Battle Belt.”
(We couldn’t find her explanation of the battle belt but will keep looking.)
Light Chest Rig Loadout: SADF Pattern 83 Chest Rig, [with] Garmin Fortrex 401/pace-counter/MS200 Strobe [and] Five Four Communications Nexus U94A PTT.
• Right Side Sustainment Radio Pouch: Baofeng UV-5R with Great Plains Creations Exoskeleton
• Magazine Pouches: Magazines: 6+2 (on belt) 30rd. magazines. Unlike the Battle Jacket, the magazine pouches can hold every type of magazine I own (interoperability) with the exception of the M82a1.
• Right Miscellaneous Pouches: Earpro, Whistle, Lighter and Waterproof bag with lighter, (As needed) @usnightvision AN-PVS-14a
• Rear Admin. Pouch: Notebook, map markers, pen, pencil, sharpie, commo card, THULS Patrol Smart Book, and protractor
The following are removed from my standard chest rig (light) loadout as duplicates due to being worn with the belt: multitool, spare batteries, headlamp, camo stick, lensatic compass, gloves, IFAK. What I do not have here that is typically in my other chest rig packing lists is a water source, and a VS17 panel. Long period use would include an assault pack for this reason. (Scalable)
Pros: Scalable, magazine capacity, interoperability, and it’s light/ slick.
Cons: no integrated means of hydration or long-term sustainment (needs an assault pack to be viable for long period use).
Gear cleaning hat tip from The Angel of Verdun:
I typically use a horsehair brush to start. That gets off loose dirt/ dust and big chunks of mud. Sometimes that’s all you need. Then I either use a wet rag or soak it in the tub depending on how dirty it is. You can also add a bit of oxy clean to the tub for stains but it can fade out gear if you use too much. That takes care of most things.
Ne Desit Virtus.
Now for some background on the film The Edge of Tomorrow (where the term “Angel of Verdun” was coined) as well as the novel it was based on.
The Full Metal Bitch
via The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill (Hiroshi Sakurazaka)
The role of Rita Vrataski, aka “The Angel of Verdun” aka the “Full Metal Bitch” in The Edge of Tomorrow was played by Emily Blunt. A compelling documentary, that biopic was based on the novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The novel was later turned into a Manga. The phrase refers not to the original Battle of Verdun, but to the second one.
Here’s a look.
Rita Vrataski Introduced
The following is from one version of the script. There were several iterations of the script and screenplay, some of which can be found online.
How do you convince people that this is a fight that can be won?
This is an alien invasion in a global war.
With the new jacket technology and limited training…
we’ve been able to create super-soldiers.
Look at Rita Vrataski, the Angel of Verdun.
her the Angel of Verdun.
She is seen as the new
hope for this war.
With the new jacket technology and limited training…
Rita Vrataski was able to kill…hundreds of mimics on only her first day.
Is the tide of this war changing?
That’s one version. Here’s another. This one makes her a little harder. More…merciless? Maybe pitiless is a better word. Whatevs.
Rose Vrataski More True to Form
As Cage GRITS his TEETH. CLOSES his EYES and —
A WALL OF FLAME SUDDENLY ENGULFS THE MIMIC FRONT LINE!
A BLOOD RED EXOJACKET leaping OVER CAGE’S HEAD as it SPITS GRENADES at the attack horde. An astonishing majestic sight. A ONE MAN CAVALRY coming to his rescue.
The WARRIOR’S MASSIVE SHOULDER ROCKETS OPENING FIRE, HUGE CARBIDE BAYONET BLADES extending from the jacket’s ARMS.
The blades SWINGING as four MIMICS become eight TWITCHING HEAPS. The warrior rolling into a PERFECT BATTLE STANCE.
Until the area is SECURE. The BATTLE CONTINUING UP THE BEACH, as the RED WARRIOR arrives at Cage’s side. Removing a GORE-SPATTERED FACEPLATE to reveal..
SERGEANT-MAJOR RITA VRATASKI (30s) A.K.A. “THE FULL METAL BITCH.” The Sergeant Major CHECKING his BLOODY WOUNDS.
RITA Brachial artery’s draining, you’re dying. I’m gonna stay with you —
CAGE You don’t have to —
RITA No, I need your battery. It’s fresh. My jacket needs juice.
Cage looks at her. SICKENED. Pressing a BUTTON…
His JACKET WHIRRING, releasing him like an insect’s carapace. His dying BODY slopping into the mud. As he UNHOOKS his POWER CELL and TOSSES it at her feet.
CAGE Go to hell.
RITA Already there, soldier.
She plugs in his cell, her jacket HUMMING.
RITA See you in the next life.
The Angel of Verdun on Instagram
You can find Ashley online at @_angel_of_verdun, https://www.instagram.com/_angel_of_verdun/.
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