10th Bolan Defenders
|Tenth Bolan Defenders|
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Nickname||The Four Horsemen|
|Parent Formation||Bolan Defenders|
The Tenth Bolan Defenders was one of three new regiments of Bolan Defenders to be founded between the repeal of the Star League Council Edict of 2650 in 2752 and 2765. The Tenth and the other regiments of the Bolan Defenders sat somewhere between provincial and federal status; with no Free Worlds League province to claim political ownership of the worlds of the Bolan Thumb, the Defenders were officially federal troops, controlled by the Dormuth Council and under the nominal authority of the Marshal of the Tamarind Military District. In contrast with most federal units the Defenders were given a great deal of autonomy and latitude by the Dormuth Council, allowing them to continue to respond rapidly to incidents and incursions within the Bolan Thumb - faster even than the locally-assigned Star League Defense Force garrisons. The Defenders remained very similar to provincial forces in other ways, however; in particular, no regiment of the Defenders ever deployed outside of the Bolan Thumb region or even below the area known as the Bolan Shoulders, the rimward edge of the Thumb region. The Bolan Thumb may not have been a Free Worlds League province but the Defenders treated it as such.
The majority of the personnel serving within the Tenth were recruited from the Bolan region, and those who joined the Tenth rarely requested a transfer outside the brigade. It was this dedication that was in large part responsible for the Defenders as a whole consistently maintaining one of the highest readiness ratings of any FWLM formation; intimately familiar with the landscape of the region - both political and topographical - the Defenders were effective at mobilizing against threats and responding to or repelling bandit raids consistently faster than their SLDF counterparts.
Like the other regiments of the Defenders, the Tenth began to suffer from the high tempo of activity within the Thumb during the closing years of the Star League; piracy and border raids ramped up sharply from the mid-2740s onwards, placing an increasing strain on the Tenth as the weariness of constantly being on high alert began to affect the morale and performance of the units. Also dragging the morale of the brigade down were the persistent rumors that despite the corrupt National Intelligence Agency having been replaced by SAFE the League continued to place SAFE agents within each regiment to search for seditious tendencies. The Tenth remained keen to jump across the Lyran border if required, and were determined to live up to the brigade motto "Ad Respiratio Ultimus" - To the last breath - but the Defenders were increasingly on edge. After Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces performed a series of military actions in systems bordering the Free Worlds League and toppled the governments of Al Jafr, Ilzra and Maisons in the early 2760s the Tenth went on high alert for nine months before being stood down.
Tenth Bolan Defenders (Regular/Fanatical)
- Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 12, "Bolan Defenders"
- Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 12, "Regimental Status"