42nd Avalon Hussars

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Forty-second Avalon Hussars
Unit Profile (as of 3085)
Nickname Sons of the Federation
Parent Formation Avalon Hussars
Formed 27th Century

History[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

Originally established in the first half of the twenty-seventh century, the Forty-second Avalon Hussars was staffed entirely with personnel who had the distinction of being the children of veterans from the Avalon Hussars brigade. The Forty-second was one of many Avalon Hussars regiments to be deactivated following the issue of the Council Edict of 2650 by the Star League Council that restricted the size of the military each Great House was allowed to maintain.[1]

The Forty-second was reactivated in 2755 as part of the widespread buildup of military forces by the various Great Houses following the repeal of the Council Edict of 2650. The Armed Forces of the Federated Suns recruited from the descendants of Avalon Hussars personnel once again to staff the reactivated Forty-second, but as late as 2765 the regiment was unfortunately still proving that pride in personal and unit heritage were no substitute for ability, and despite being very loyal to the Federated Suns the Forty-second barely qualified as a regular unit.[1]

First Succession War[edit]

During the First Succession War the 42nd Avalon Hussars were stationed on Quentin. They were caught totally unprepared for the 2nd Legion of Vega's arrival and the large number of Panther BattleMechs. The Hussars had to give up the world despite having more firepower due to the losses inflicted by the Legion of Vega.[2]

Third Succession War[edit]

The unit conducted multiple raids in 2985, hitting Capellan worlds of Genoa and Fletcher. During the Battle of Fletcher, the 42nd tangled with Kingston's Legionnaires, the Hussars' Marauders proved to be the turning factor of the battle, inflicting over 60% casualties before the Legionnaires could be extracted.[3]

When the elements of the 42nd raided Genoa, they fought the newly-formed Trimaldi's Secutors. The raid went well, but cost the unit three of its Locust light 'Mechs.[4]

The unit was sent in a raid against the Liao world of Thomas, where they again fought against the Trimaldi's Secutors, as well as the merc unit the Waco Rangers. The battle was struggle, when Duke of Thomas, Colonel Pavel Ridzik took command of Capellan forces and inflicted considerable damage against the Hussars. Amongst the unit's losses were its entire lance of Phoenix Hawk BattleMechs to the Secutors.[5]

On June 22nd 3020 Hanse Davion issued the order for the crippled Thirty-fourth Avalon Hussars and the damaged Thirty-sixth Avalon Hussars to be combined into the new 42nd Avalon Hussars.[6]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

As they were an inexperienced unit, the 42nd remained on their homeworld of Fallon II during the Fourth Succession War.[7] This position also allowed them to guard against strikes from the Draconis Combine.

Clan Invasion[edit]

Moved to Poulsbo after the Skye Crisis in 3034. There they secured the area against external threats and insured that the production facilities on Son Hoa stayed open.[6]

Civil War[edit]

After forming close ties with their Lyran counterparts, but predominantly staffed by Federated Suns citizens, the 42nd spent most of the FedCom Civil War on Poulsbo. They were respected by their Lyran counterparts, and not harassed through most of the conflict. Towards the end of the fight, the 42nd repelled the Penobscot CTM from taking Timbiqui, and then followed the CTM to Cavanaugh II. There, the 42nd destroyed the Penobscot CTM. The Hussars then joined up with the pro-Victor forces already on the world (the 10th Lyran Regulars and ComStar's 182nd Division to plan how they would take it.[8] After the FedCom Civil War, they redeployed to their new duty station on Mayetta.[9] The 42nd's personnel were also the unofficial distributors of new brews from the Raasch Brewhaus, a brewery on Timbiqui.[10]

Jihad[edit]

The 42nd spent much of the Jihad garrisoning Tikonov after the world was attacked by Word of Blake and CCAF nuclear weapons.[11] The 42nd was directly involved in the reconstitution of the 1st and 2nd Avalon Hussars; while the two units were forming, the 42nd adopted a kind of "big brother" role to the two formations, moving constantly around the border of the Word of Blake Protectorate with one or other unit in tow. Under the guidance and watchful eye of the 42nd, both new formations coalesced into cohesive Light Combat Teams while gaining valuable combat experience and gathering information of importance to the allied Coalition. By 3085 the 42nd had been re-based on the world of Shoreham, close to the border with the Capellan Confederation.[12] Unfortunately for the 42nd, despite their experience, a recent raid performed by a battalion from the 1st Capellan Defense Force which struck at Shoreham saw the 42nd comprehensively outmaneuvered in their heavier machines, before the 1st CDF escaped with a haul of coolant and autocannon ammunition.[13]

Dark Age[edit]

During the Victoria War the Forty-second faced elements of Warrior House Kamata on Victoria, outside the Earthwerks Industries plant.[14] The Warrior House 'Mechs exploited a gap between the Forty-second LCT and 6th Syrtis Fusiliers LCT and destroyed two dozen AFFS 'Mechs.[15] They also faced elements of the Dieron Regulars on Helm, where they tried several times to breach a defensive line. The Hussars fought hard, but were unable to dislodge the DCMS troops.[16]

In 3145 they were on Helen where they faced two DCMS regiments. They allegedly came close to defeating the invaders, but had to scatter into the planet's uninhabited areas to survive. Rumors suggested that the survivors were still carrying on a guerrilla campaign.[17]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025 the commanding officer was Marshal Henry Offendahl.[18]

As of 3050 to 3054 the commanding officer was Hauptmann General Roger Waters[19][20]

As of 3062 the commanding officer was Lieutenant General Edwin May[6]. He was promoted to General in 3067 after the FedCom Civil War.[9]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was General Brooke Hasey.[21]

Tactics[edit]

During the Star League era all of the Avalon Hussars were required to focus on being both flexible and mobile, with every regiment required to be capable of deploying within eight hours, although many of the Hussars struggled to actually achieve this.[22]

By the Thirty-first century the Forty-second Avalon Hussars were experts in preparing a battlefield, they often used minefields and prepared positions to maximize the damage they could inflict on the enemy.[6]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars (Regular/Fanatical)[23]

- At this point in time the Forty-second was stationed on New Mendham.[23] In common with the other regiments of the Avalon Hussars the Forty-second had an attached aerospace wing, although these forces were primarily tasked to provide ground support rather than escort duties.[22]

3025[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars RCT (Green/Reliable)[18]

  • CO: Marhsal Henry Offendahl

3040[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars RCT (Regular/Reliable)[24]

3050 to 3054[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars RCT (Regular/Reliable)[19][20]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Roger Waters

3062[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars (1 reinforced Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[6]

  • CO: Lieutenant General Edwin May
- A full battalion of Heavy and Assault 'Mechs

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Aerospace Brigade[6]

  • CO: Lieutenant General: Manoj Kujawa
  • 40th Federation Attack Wing
  • 160th Crucis Interceptor Wing

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Armor Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[6]

  • CO: Lieutenant-General: Kirby Pethan
  • Aide: Colonel Jeremiah Litzau
  • 68th Avalon Heavy Armor Regiment: Colonel Norbert Kozey
  • 83rd Federation Artillery Regiment: Colonel Reubena Prochnow
  • 201st Light Armor Regiment: Colonel: Ernest McCluskey
  • 222nd Lyran Recon Regiment: Lieutenant General: L. Samuel Henes
  • 7th F-C Armor Regiment: Colonel Reuben Caliteux
- One Artillery Regiment

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Infantry Regiment (7 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[6]

  • Aide: Colonel Kirk Suchenko
  • 19th F-C Battle Armor Battalion: Lieutenant Hu Xin
  • 61st Avalon Rangers: Colonel Robert Proeber
  • 13th Northfield Commandos: Colonel Malachi Enge
  • 109th Federation Mechanized Infantry: Colonel Nain Corriveau
  • 111th Tamar Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Brian Elvinn
  • 49th Alliance Jump Regiment: Lieutenant-Colonel Lorenzo Grahovac
  • 598th New Avalon Mechanized Rifles: Lieutnant-Colonel Amanda King
- The 42nd contains a full Battle Armor battalion
- Specialized in covert operations behind enemy lines

3067[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: General Edwin May

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Aerospace Brigade (Elite/Reliable)[9]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: Major General Kirby Pethan

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Infantry Brigade (Regular/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: Major General Sarah Steiner-Dauer

3079[edit]

After the horrors of the Jihad, the 42nd found itself reduced from a reinforced regiment to a two battalion formation. The unique fire support assault Mech battalion was replaced by a unit of assault armor. The two remaining 'Mech battalions are full of heavy 'Mechs. (The two battalions reassigned by the High Command formed the core of the 1st Avalon Hussars and 2nd Avalon Hussars.) Overall, the unit was only 15% below it's pre-Jihad strength.[11]

3085[edit]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars LCT (Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: General Brooke Hasey

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Aerospace Brigade (Green/Reliable)[21]

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Armor Brigade (Regular/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Leftenant General Sparkle Reid

Forty-second Avalon Hussars Infantry Brigade (Green/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Leftenant General Percy Roux

Unit Notes[edit]

  • A formation date of the first half of the twenty-seventh century has been entered for the Forty-second based on it being one of the regiments deactivated after the Council Edict of 2650, while being listed numerically after the Thirty-fourth Avalon Hussars, a regiment known to have been formed in the early twenty-seventh century.[1]
  • As of 3062, the homeworld for the 42nd was Poulsbo. After the FedCom Civil War they were redeployed to Mayetta.[9] In 3079 the 42nd was the garrison for Shoreham.[11]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 9, "Avalon Hussars"
  2. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 30
  3. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 85, "Kingston's Legionnaires" - Siege of Fletcher, Avalon Hussars hammer the Legionnaires.
  4. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 86, "Trimaldi's Secutors attempt to fend off raid from elements of the 42nd Avalon Hussars".
  5. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 86, "Siege of Thomas".
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 58, "42nd Avalon Hussars Unit Profile"
  7. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11
  8. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 162
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Field Manual: Updates, p. 141, "Mayetta PDZ"
  10. Field Manual: Updates, p. 126
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Field Report: AFFS, p. 9
  12. Field Manual: 3085, p. 57, "Avalon Hussars"
  13. Field Manual: 3085, p. 29, "Capellan Defense Force"
  14. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 54
  15. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 44
  16. Technical Readout: 3145 Draconis Combine, p. 46
  17. Field Manual: 3145, p. 74
  18. 18.0 18.1 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 136 (pdf version), "Bremond PDZ"
  19. 19.0 19.1 20 Year Update, p. 28, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  20. 20.0 20.1 Objective Raids, p. 20, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 70, "AFFS Deployment Table - 3085"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 8, "Avalon Hussars"
  23. 23.0 23.1 Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 10, "Avalon Hussars - Regimental Status"
  24. Historical: War of 3039, p. 135

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