"We will hold this great nation till we die, if it comes to it...."
-Director of Thrid Echelon, Ronald Hughs
Even before the start of the World War, Third Echelon agents were being used to attack the European Federation and Russia. They even particpated in the operation to capture the EF's defense minister, François Pulain; for the said funding of the "Forgotten Army" terrorist group. Unfortunatly, the team was compromised, and the Joint Strike Force had to evac them.
After the war began, Third Echelon was still running operations.