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10th Lyran Guards

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10th Lyran Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Revenants (current); Thundering Elephants (3025)
Parent Formation Lyran Guards
Formed

One of the most elite units in both the Lyran Commonwealth and Successor States as a whole, the 10th Lyran Guards have been commanded by nine future Archons during its history.

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[edit] History

One of the most prestigious units in Lyran realm, the near-tradition that any future Archon will cut their teeth in a command position within the 10th ensures entry into the unit is extremely difficult process, with extensive background checks and profiling of applicants to ensure the future ruler of the Commonwealth was surrounded by its most loyal troops. While the 10th Lyran has been on the brink of extinction several times during is existence, the unit has been rebuilt bigger and stronger each time, and is usually first in line for the latest and most advanced equipment. [1]

In 3024 the 10th Lyran Guards faced an equivalent number of troops from the Federated Suns in wargames on New Earth.[2] The results of these wargames, later known as the Alliance Games, provided Katrina Steiner with the evidence she needed to bring changes to the LCAF.

[edit] Fourth Succession War

During the first wave of Operation Gotterdammerung, the 10th Lyran Guards landed on Karbala. There they faced Vandelay's Valkyries and twelve conventional regiments. Though they were heavily damaged in the fighting, the 10th was successful in forcing the Valkyries off the planet.[3]

The 10th was secretly dispatched on a raid against recently captured world of Dromini VI.[4] There they struck the Kurita task force's store houses in the city of Kanashimi. The 10th's elements fought twice their numbers to reach their targets, taking severe damage. The unit's commander, Duke Frederick Steiner, surrendered himself in order to have his men safely returned to their JumpShip. LIC agents secretly planted on the 10th's JumpShip however, disabled a majority of the Kurita task force's JumpShip fleet saving the Commonwealth from being invaded.[5]

[edit] Post-Succession Wars

Virtually destroyed on Dromini VI, Katrina Steiner honored the unit's sacrifice during the Fourth war and its storied pedigree by quickly rebuilding into one of the finest Davion-style Regimental Combat Teams in the LCAF. [6] [1]

Stationed on its homeworld of Meachem in 3038, while the rebuilt and veteran rated 10th Lyran Guards RCT did not take part in the War of 3039, it was transferred to the border world of Alkalurops to reinforce the Skye March in its aftermath. [7]

In 3049 immediately prior to the Clan Invasion, the untested and now green rated 10th was stationed on Skondia. [8]

[edit] Clan Invasion

Main article: Battle of Twycross

During the Clan Invasion, the 10th was briefly sent to Sudeten as part of a Morgan Hasek-Davion's plan to halt the invasion. Victor Ian Steiner-Davion, heir to the throne of the Federated Commonwealth, was appointed to the unit as a battalion commander, and proposed a counter-strike against the Clan Jade Falcon-held world of Twycross. This resulted in the Battle of Twycross, where the Guards' Kai Allard-Liao destroyed the Falcon Guards. The 10th had the distinction of serving in the first battle the Inner Sphere won against the Clans.[9] [1]

During the Year of Peace, a determined Victor rebuilt the 10th into the premier anti-Clan unit in the Inner Sphere and they would continue to fight at the forefront FedCom's efforts against the invaders.[1] In 3051, they fought alongside Victor again on Alyina, again against the Falcons. ComStar had leaked to the Clans that Victor and the Tenth were on Alyina, and they attempted to trap him there, eager to deprive the Federated Commonwealth of its heir. Shortly after Victor would lead elements of the 10th to rescue Hohiro Kurita trapped by the Clans on Teniente.[10]

[edit] Post-Clan Invasion

As of 3055, the Guards were posted on Fort Loudon, near the tip of the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone. [11] [12] They likely relocated to Tharkad when Victor Steiner-Davion became Archon-Prince upon Melissa Steiner-Davion's assassination.[citation needed]


[edit] Operation Bulldog

Stationed on Wolcott at the start of Operation Bulldog on May 13th 3059, the 10th was naturally part of Prince Victor's "Dream Team" to capture the important target of Schuyler[13]. Suffering only light losses, the 10th accompanied Victor to Huntress as part of the relief force to save Task Force Serpent. After a last-minute rescue of Serpent, the 10th traveled with Victor to Strana Mechty, serving as the Federated Commonwealth's representative unit in the Great Refusal, successfully defeating the last vestiges of Clan Smoke Jaguar and ensuring the end of the Clan Invasion of the Inner Sphere. [14]

Upon the 10th's return from the Clan Homeworlds and Victor's transfer to ComStar, his sister Katherine Steiner-Davion virtually dumped the fanatically pro-Victor RCT on the Draconis March capital world of Robinson, stripping the 10th their JumpShip contingent to strand them there. [15] [16] [17]

[edit] FedCom Civil War

As of the start of the FedCom Civil War in 3062, the 10th still remained stranded on Robinson as payback for their continued loyalty to Victor. Duke James Sandoval, ruler of the Draconis March, also refused to assign any JumpShips to the 10th since they intended to join Prince Victor and thereby leave Robinson undefended. Sandoval also needed the JumpShips for his own private war against his family's longtime enemy, the Draconis Combine.[17]

By January of 3065, Marshal James McFarland, the Commanding Officer of the 10th, had managed to commandeer enough JumpShips to enable his RCT to leave Robinson in order to assist Prince Victor, who was fighting the Loyalist forces on Tikonov. Two jumps away from Robinson, the 10th's JumpShips were disabled due to sabotage by DMI agents, ending up at a jump point in the Kentares system.[17]

McFarland quickly discovered that Kentares IV was under siege by the 3rd Benjamin Regulars of the Combine's DCMS. The 3rd had been sent to capture Kentares as part of the DCMS Reprisal, the counterattack in retaliation for Sandoval's unauthorized invasion of the Combine. Since Duke Ian Dresari, a fellow supporter of Prince Victor, and his Kentares DMM were clearly outnumbered and outgunned by the 3rd, and since it would take weeks to repair the Tenth's ships, McFarland ordered his RCT to assist Dresari and his DMM in fighting the Combine invaders.[17]

As soon as the Guards landed on Kentares, the Regulars knew they were doomed, since the 10th Lyran Guards were considered one of the Lyran Alliance's most elite RCTs. The 3rd decided to face certain defeat in the spirit of Bushido, managing to hold off the 10th for a week after they engaged the 3rd. In the final battle between the Allied 10th/DMM force and the Combine forces, Leftenant General Reinhardt Steiner, commander of the 10th's BattleMech Regiment, fighting side-by-side with Duke Ian, defeated the 3rd Benjamin Regulars in a mere four hours. The surviving Regulars were incarcerated in a Kentares prison, where they were treated honorably until the end of the Civil War, when the 3rd's soldiers were returned to the Combine.[17]

After their campaign on Kentares, the 10th left that world and finally met up with Prince Victor. In late May of 3066, Victor, commanding the Allied task force of the 10th Lyran Guards and 244th ComGuards Division (aka "The Prince's Men"), decided to return to Tikonov to continue his fight against the Loyalist forces there, consisting of the guerrilla Free Tikonov Movement supported by the 15th Deneb Light Cavalry (commanded by Marshal Michael Lipstein) and the 3rd Republican Guards (commanded by Hauptmann General John Joseph Atherton). Immediately upon landing, the 10th spearheaded the Allied assault on Tikonov's capital city of Tikograd. On May 24, 3066, the 10th surrounded the Republican Guards and forced them to surrender three days later after killing Loyalist senior officer Leftenant General Karl Lopiz and his entire command staff. The Allies eventually forced the Loyalists off Tikonov on July 23.[18]

Prince Victor had two infantry regiments from the Tenth remain behind along with members of House Dai Da Chi (who offered their service to Victor), to protect the world from further Loyalist attacks. As soon as Victor and his Allied task force left Tikonov, the personnel from House Dai Da Chi helped the Free Tikonov Movement attack the Tenth's infantry and forced them out of Tikograd. By late March of 3067, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao of the Capellan Confederation declared Tikonov to be a protectorate of the Confederation.[19]

On November 8, 3066, the Tenth was part of Prince Victor's Allied force that landed on New Avalon to unseat Archon Katherine from the throne. On April 20, 3067, Katherine surrendered to Victor. The battle for New Avalon and the FedCom Civil War were finally over.[20]

Despite being reduced to 35% of their effective combat strength[21], the Tenth refused to stand down. Instead they pledged to support Yvonne Steiner-Davion.[22]

[edit] Jihad

The Tenth chose to remain on New Avalon after the Civil War as part of the new Armed Forces of the Federated Suns, pledging their loyalty to Yvonne Steiner-Davion. [23]

In December 3067, the Word of Blake launched its Jihad on the Inner Sphere. While WarShips bombarded New Avalon, the 31st Division landed on-planet and advanced on Avalon City. The Tenth Lyran Guards were the first unit to oppose the Blakists, engaging them at McCarel Farm. Despite still being seriously under-strength, the Tenth managed to inflict significant damage on the Thirty-first before they were forced to pull back. They bought the defenders enough time to regroup and hold the capital city against the invaders. [24]

Unfortunately, casualties to the Tenth were too heavy to make them an effective independent fighting force, and by February 3068 they were merged into the 1st Davion Guards. [23]

[edit] Officers

[edit] Tactics

Every attack by the Tenth Lyran contains waves of overlaying forces. The enemy will be isolated and destroyed by experienced sub-commands. [6]

[edit] Composition History

[edit] 3025

10th Lyran Guards (Veteran/Questionable)[26]

  • CO: Colonel Frederick Steiner

[edit] 3040

10th Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[28]

[edit] 3054

10th Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Fanatical)[27]

  • CO: Archon-Prince Victor Ian Steiner-Davion

[edit] 3062

10th Lyran Guards (1 Reinforced Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical)[6]

10th Lyran Guards Aerospace Brigade (4 Wings)[6]

10th Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (5 Regiments/Veteran/Fanatical)[6]

  • CO: Major-General Thaddeus Frankenheimer
  • 19th Tharkad Panzer Regiment: Leftenant-General Bill Heerey
  • 78th Donegal Cavalry Regiment: Colonel Yvgeniy Kotlyarenko
  • 339th Donegal Heavy Armor Regiment: Colonel Mara Foreman
  • 5th Edasich Panzer Regiment: Leftenant-Colonel Jim Beerman
  • 10th Guards Artillery Group: Major Melena Tholo

10th Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (6 Regiments/Veteran/Fanatical)[6]

  • CO: Major-General Hisa Stavros
    • Aide: Leftenant Colonel Tellus Perez
  • 199th Lyran Mechanized Infantry: Colonel Jackie Raflik
  • 345th Donegal Mechanized Infantry: Colonel Ransford Billig
  • 2045th F-C Mechanized Infantry: Colonel Rebecca Pola
  • 2046th F-C Mechanized Infantry: Colonel Bruce Terlecki
  • 74th Tharkad Jump Infantry: Colonel Klarissa Rhaines
  • 974th F-C Battle Armor Battalion: Colonel Jessup Sandoval

[edit] 3067

  • 1 'Mech Regiment (reinforced to four Battalions)
  • 5 Tank Regiments
  • 5 Infantry Regiments + 1 Battle Armor Battalion
  • 4 Aerospace Wings

[edit] Notes

Homeworld Meachem. In 3025 their nickname was the "Thundering Elephants" because of their heavy 'Mech complement and unimaginative tactics.[6]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Era Report: 3052, p. 25 "Federated Comnmonwealth - Tenth Lyran Guards RCT (The Revenants)"
  2. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 8
  3. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 50
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 79
  5. Warrior: Coupé, pp. 265-272, "Duke Frederick Steiner's 10th Lyran Guards raid the captured world of Dromini VI and stop Kurita Task force from invading".
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 78, "10th Lyran Guards Unit Profile"
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 137 "Deployment Table - Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces"
  8. 8.0 8.1 20-Year Update, p. 26 "Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth (Deployment as of 3050)"
  9. Era Report: 3052, p. 14 "Small Victories"
  10. Era Report: 3052, p. 24 "Federated Comnmonwealth"
  11. Objective Raids, p. 23 "Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth (Deployment as of 3054)"
  12. Technical Readout: 3055, p. 72 - "Rakshasa"
  13. The Dragon Roars, p. 11, 50
  14. Twilight of the Clans, p. 13
  15. Shattered Sphere, p. 28, "Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth (Deployments as of 30 December 3061)"
  16. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 125, "Lyran Alliance Armed Forces Deployment Tables"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 FedCom Civil War, p. 137
  18. FedCom Civil War, pp. 158-159
  19. FedCom Civil War, p. 173
  20. FedCom Civil War, p. 170
  21. 21.0 21.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 179, "Lyran Alliance Deployment Table"
  22. Field Manual: Updates, p. 170, "Lyran Guards bio"
  23. 23.0 23.1 Jihad Turning Points: New Avalon, p. 6, "Combatants: Tenth Lyran Guards"
  24. Jihad Turning Points: New Avalon, p. 8, "Unwelcome Guests"
  25. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 017
  26. 26.0 26.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table"
  27. 27.0 27.1 Objective Raids, p. 23, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  28. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137

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