11th Arcturan Guards
|Eleventh Arcturan Guards|
|Unit Profile (as of 3067)|
|Nickname||The Melete Regiment|
The Golden Lions
|Parent Formation||Arcturan Guards|
- 1 History
- 1.1 Formation
- 1.2 Star League Era
- 1.3 Clan Invasion
- 1.4 FedCom Civil War
- 1.5 The Jihad & Destruction
- 2 Officers
- 3 Tactics
- 4 Paint Scheme
- 5 Unit Emblem
- 6 Composition History
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Bibliography
The Eleventh Arcturan Guards was a part of the first expansion of the Arcturan Guards brigade following the founding of the original nine regiments. The expansion consisted of three regiments β the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Arcturan Guards; having named each of the original nine regiments of the Guards for the Muses of Greek mythology, the Lyran Commonwealth attempted to continue the trend by naming the new regiments after the three Muses of Plutarch. In the case of the Tenth, that Muse was Melete.
Star League Era
Like the other regiments of the Arcturan Guard, the Eleventh struggled with boredom and ennui during the closing years of the Star League era; the Star League Defense Force acted as an effective deterrent in the main, making large-scale military deployments for the Eleventh a rarity, and leaving the regiment to occupy itself with training exercises and garrison duty. In 2765 the Eleventh was stationed on the border between the Lyran Commonwealth and the Free Worlds League; its posting made the Eleventh one of the first units that would have been able to strike at the League forces if it came to combat in the Bolan region.
In 3048, the periphery nation called the Rim Collection had formed outside of the FedCom's Lyran state border. In response to possible threat, the 11th Arcturans were upgraded from single regiment to a Regimental Combat Team. Still based on Timbuktu, since late Succession Wars, the newly formed RCT were deployed to neighboring worlds from Langhorne to Hinckley. However, the Collection threat was non-existent, save odd pirate raids, the 11th's RCT maintained is normal routes.
When the Clans arrived in 3050, the Eleventh Arcturan was flooded with rumor and sighting of the invaders. The 11th moved to investigate these rumors, all proving to be false. However, during their investigations, the 11th discovered the base of the Blackstar Pirates. The pirate had been continuously raiding Halifax for decades, however the Guards destroyed their base. After the Battle of Tukayyid in 3052, the periphery border reports of sightings of the Clans simmered down.
The Federated Commonwealth High Command assigned the Eleventh to support mercenaries who were engaged in pirate hunting operations. The mercenary contract specified that they would find Morrison's Extractors and the Eleventh would show up and destroy the pirates.
The Guard's commanding officer, then Leftenant-General Maria Esteban sought out to improve relations with their new periphery neighbors. As the elements of the unit conducted escort missions for Lyran emissaries to the Rim Collection and independent world of Hunter's Paradise. General Esrteban had reported to suggest to Collection's government to conduct joined military exercises with their own Rim Collection Militia. In 3060, the Guard's AeroSpace Brigade received pair of Eisensturm Heavy Aerospace fighters for evaluation. These fighters proved to be invaluable in the Guard's anti-pirate actions. However, the unit hadn't received more of the fighters when they had requested them.
During late 50s and early 3060s, Esrteban was grooming one of her own officers, Colonel Linda McDonald, to succeed her so she could retire to Timbuktu.
FedCom Civil War
Battle for Virtue & the formation of the Battle Group
When the FedCom Civil War broke out, the Arcturans had still been stationed on Timbuktu. Lt. General Esrteban through her unit support to the loyalist cause however remained in Theater's command world for entire First Wave of the war. In September 17th of 3063, the General ordered her troops to move into the interior of the Alliance with confidence in security of periphery border with the Rim Collection in hands of scratch assemble force she assembled. General moved to have her RCT intercept Victor Steiner-Davion's forces deciding to detour through Ferihegy and Virtue systems to get him.
The Arcturans RCT had arrived in Virtue system at same time as a one of Victor's Allied forces, Sixth Crucis Lancers, was transiting through the system. General made decision to confront the unit to prevent the Tsamma Lancers (nickname of the Sixth Crucis Lancers) from linking up with Victor. The Arcturans landed their forces uncontested, with Eleventh Arcturan Aerospace Brigade providing air cover. The Lancers used their medium and light BattleMechs and armor to strike the Guard's flank, shattering the Fourth Ormstown Light Tank. This action threaten isolate the Arcturans' tank brigade, however its commander manages to blunt the attack long enough remove her forces from harm. Lt. General Esrteban attempts have her forces to sweep thrust attack of the Lancers, but fails due to Lancer's faster force.
By October 2nd, some of the Arcturans fall back to city of Chastity where they fortify position against the Lancers. However, the Sixth Crucis Lancers were experts in urban fighting and utilities their skill against the embedded force of the Arcturans. After losing of her outposts in the city, General Esrteban had her force fall back from Chastity After two week of fighting, the Lancers push Esrteban's force to abandon their efforts on Virtue.
Failing to delay the Tsamma Lancers on Virtue, General Esrteban decides to conduct decoy raids in neighboring worlds to distract the Lancers from her own goals to slow Victor's advance. Her RCT breaks up into raiding forces; commence raids on Triesting and Loxley. She moves her force on to Alarion where she decides that even combined with 1st Alarion Jaegers and Alarion APM that they would be destroyed by the incoming 6th Crucis Lancers. So general orders both units to abandon their garrison duties join her force. She dispatches minimum infantry garrison to cause trouble on Alarion while take all the supplies she can from the planet. She then moves on to Carlisle rendezvous with rest of her RCT. General begins formulate a plan to begin to form a task force of loyalist forces to confront rebellion. When on Carlisle, the Arcturians convinced Carlisle the General the Carlisle Province Militia to join them as part of their growing task force. During their travels, Estaban manages secure the services of two Warships, the Fox Class Corvettes LAS Robert Kelswa and LAS Robert Marsden.
York and the Ambushing of Victor
Placed well ahead of the Victor Steiner-Davion's advancing force, General Esteban places both the Carlisle & Alarion APMs as defenders of York. When Victor's forces arrive and land on the planet. Victor dispatches the Sixth Crucis Lancers to take out the two militia regiments, while he dispatched his Outland Legion and now former ComGuard unit, Prince's Men of the 244th ComGuard Division to secure local supplies and planetary headquarters.
However, they fell for Lt. General Esteban's trap, when she had aide, Colonel Linda McDonald's lead the 11th Arcturans from orbital insertion. By dropping behind Lancer's lines, General Esteban trapped the Lancers between Arcturans and their two Loyalist Militia RCTs. The Victor order a retreat, not believing his under strength division was a match for the 11th Arcturan Guard RCT. The Sixth managed to escape set for them, which forced General Esteban to concentrate on her forces on 244th and the Outland Legion. Victor forces after hours leaving the capital city, fought a fighting withdraw with Estaban's forces. The Arcturans and its allies begun catch up with slower allied force withering some of enemy's strength. This ultimately led into a nineteen hour fire-fight which by all accounts have been described as hell on the battlefield. The Arcturan AeroSpace Brigade destroyed a third of the 244th's forces. One of the highlights of the battles was when Victor engaged Arcturans' commanding officer Linda McDonald's King Crab in impromptu duel to try buying time for his forces. His custom configured Daishi outclassed McDonald's machine, but the combination raging battle broke up the duel apart.
In orbit, the task force's two Fox-class corvettes, confront Victor's task force lone WarShip and aerospace forces. FCS Melissa Davion tries intercept the two Fox ships, they threaten to provide orbit-to-ground fire support for Arcturans. The Crucis Lancer's escaping DropShips manage to evade the Avalon Class Cruiser.
The battle's retreat ultimately cost the allies two thousand troopers lives, while battalion worth of troops were captured and were imprisoned until the war's end.
Actions during Operation Scatter
In July of 3064, Victor Steiner's allies commence their Operation Scatter which was to overload the LAAF ability to respond to action done by the allies. The Eleventh Arcturan Guards were order by General of Armies and acting Regent Nondi Steiner to put down the Arcturan rampaging sister unit, Twenty-third Arcturan Guards. The Frost Giants as its sister unit's nickname, had been raiding various worlds including striking the Nondi Steiner's estate on Gallery. The Eleventh Arcturan arrived Thuban, where they miss bulk of the Frost Giant force. They Arcturans do manage to destroy a Combined Arms battalion which was in mists of repairs. The two regiments clashed in bloody affair on slopes of Scorpiuus Mons which inflict considerable amount damage to the both units.
First Battle for Tikonov
In early January of 3065, the 11th Arcturan Guards and its task force had arrived in the Tikonov. They had tracked down Victor Steiner-Davion and his own task force, joined the withered Loyalist forces holding key cities on planet. After weeks of fighting, allies begun to loose due to Victor Steiner-Davion withered performance due to loss of his Omi Kurita. During this time, it General Esterban pass command of situation on the planet to Colonel MacDonald, brevet Lt. General. Esterban took one of the two Warships of the Battle Group ,the LAS Robert Marsden, and departed to gather more reinforcements. The Battle Group's other WarShip, LAS Katrina Steiner, attempt move into orbit to provide fire support for loyalist ground forces, but was driven off by Victor's WarShip, FCS Melissa Steiner. The elements of the 11th Arcturan Battle Group were left behind on Tikonov and as the rest pursued the Prince. Unknown to General MacDonald, her mentor and 11th Arcturan Guards commanding officer had defected to the Free Skye movement and taken over military operations in October 9th on Freedom.
The elements of the Eleventh Arcturan Guard accompanied by the Royal New Capetown Training Battalion in September, 3064, while main portion of the Guards were dispatched to Skye. The Coventry bounded force was to take the lightly defended allied control world and its factories. The world was expected only be defended by elements of the 39th Avalon Hussars. However, the Guard's intelligence was wrong. For over-confident Royals' Landing Zones were quickly overrun by 7th Crucis Lancers. Unknown to the Loyalist, a third of the Lancers were deployed to the planet to give the appearance of Coventry having weak defense. The Royal New Capetown Training Battalion captured wholly, however the Arcturans were not so overconfident and had established a bridgehead to move to capture Coventry Metal Works in Port St. Lawrence. For over next ten days, Lancers provided a vigorous defense of the complex and broke the confidence of the Guards. By end of the campaign, the Guard had tried to withdraw to their DropShips, but failed and were ultimately destroyed. However, Guards reduced the Lancers to two companies of BattleMechs and battalion each of infantry and armor survived.
Action on Thorin
The Eleventh Arcturan Task Forces now consisting of 11th Arcturans, Alarion Jaegers, Fourth Lyran Guards, Fourth Alliance Guards, and two APM militia units of Carlisle and Alarion. In August 3065, the Task Force arrived on Thorin where the force had finally narrow down where Victor Steiner-Davion and his allied task force may have been hiding. However, the task force was unable to dislodge Victor's forces from planetary capital of Ecol city.
The Arcturans and its fellow task force members launched a brutal campaign for next two weeks against Victor's forces, namely 244th Division and Outland Legion. In desperate battle at Kalako Pass, the 244th Division bloodied nose of 11th Arcturans at the cost of their commander. Fortunately, the Guards' opponents withdrew from battle back to Ecol city. Task Force's commander, Linda McDonald begun to fear that Victor was not on Thorin, and their action here was to tie up among the most potient Loyalist forces here.
However, in January 3066, Victor returned to the battlefield as his personal unit dropped on top of battle of Sandstain Plateau. Turning the tied of battle for the 244th fighting the elements of the task force. Days later, unknownst Acrturans, Victor had left again.
Actions against Free Skye
In April, the McDonald's task force has arrived in the Skye system. The unit had learned from raid by the Eleventh Lyran Guards, that strength & dispositions of the First Skye Jaegers. Thus McDonald felt the her Task force consisting of both her Eleventh Arcturans and First Alarion Jaegers would be suffient against them. On May 13th, Arcturans and Jaegars landed Skye, brought the battle to the Skye Jaegars and their supporting planetary militia force. The Task Force easily takes capital city of New Glasgow, as the First Skye Jaagar leary of Arcturan's reputation abandoned the city for a mobile defense. The Acrturans faced well-armed citizens defending the city. By June after weeks of off and on fighting, Fourth Skye Rangers arrive in system from Hesperus II, where they were defeated by Loyalist forces.
This had given General McDonald pause, of facing another regiment of worth of troops. However, General von Frisch, CO of the Rangers, declared he and his forces were neutral in this fight for the planet, siting they had shedded too much blood for the Free Skye movement. With relief, McDonald perpared to continue the pursuit of the elusive Skye Jaegers when she received message from Regent Nondi Steiner. She signalled that task force was to head to Tharkad, stating she believe coalition forces were meaning to take the capital.
The Battle for Tharkad
By late 3066, the Task Force, now only consisting of Eleventh Arcturans and its allied force the 1st Alarion Jaegers arrived to reinforce Nondi Steiner's First, Second Royal Guards and local ComStar ComGuard Unit, the Sixty-sixth Division.
In early January of 3067, the Eleventh Arcturans battled Blue Star Irregulars' Twenty-first Rim Worlds Regiment. The Arcturans gained the upper hand, as the unit overran the mercenary's command battalion during the battle. The loss of the command battalion sent the Rim Worlds into chaos and allowed the 11th Arcturans maul regiment, rendering the mercenaries combat ineffective for the rest of the conflict.
After the arrival of the Tenty-fourth Lyran Guards RCT, the General McDonald pulled back the 11th Arcturans back to Tharkad City and reinforced the city's defenses.
In March 23rd, General Nondi Steiner lead offensive with Eleventh Arcturan Guards held back with the ComStar's Sixty-sixth ComGuard Division held in reserve. The offensive was in streams of water separating Nagelring and Tharkad city known as the Wash. The 4th Skye Rangers, enticed the Arcturan Guards out of position into a what became a fruitless pursuit.
the campaign turned bad for the Loyalist since surrender of the Twenty-fourth Lyran Guards, Nondi determination had ever increased. The Peter's coalition attack directly at Tharkad City on the 27th. Where Arcturans' sister unit on opposition's side, 20th Arcturan Guards suffered terrible loss, only survive if was not for Blue Star Irregulars stepping in reinforce them. General McDonald feeling the battle was hopeless and stupid since they were fighting their own people, she disobeyed Nondi Steiner's orders and surrender the Eleventh Arcturans to the their sister unit.
The Jihad & Destruction
The Eleventh Arcturan Guards were devastated by the Word of Blake controlled Battlecruiser LAS Invincible when it fired a "Warning Shot" at Tharkad City in December, 3067. The WarShip's capital grade weapons utterly destroyed core of the Arcturan Guards, covering rest under the rumble. Leaving the fellow garrison force, 24th Lyran Guards to fend off the coming attack by the Thirty-seventh Division of the Word of Blake.
The Eleventh Arcturan Guards spent years hunting Periphery bandits, and has lots of specialized small units for almost all imaginable circumstances. However, the Eleventh has little to no experience in large-scale operations above Regiment-level. They are skilled in handing hositile environments; zero-g, underwater, freezing cold; desert. The unit is trained in combined arms, however its also seen as weakness.
The all units of the force are ('Mech, Vehicles, aerospace fighters) are pained flat white as do the rest of th Arcurian Guards. However, units also have section (wing, arm, or back of vehicle) is painted black to mark friendship it has with Periphery neighbors.
The unit emblem is a oval-shape insigna with a lion rampant before a field of stars.
- Eleventh Arcturan Guards (Regular/Reliable)
Eleventh Arcturan Guards (Green/Reliable)
Eleventh Arcturan Guards (Regiment)
- CO: Lieutenant General Maria Esteban
Eleventh Arcturan Guards RCT (Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Hauptmann General Maria Estaban 
Eleventh Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Lieutenant General Maria Esteban
- Aide: Colonel Linda McDonald
- CO: Captain Sukit Manijr
- Fourteenth Arcturan Wing
- Seventy-fifth Arcturan Wing
- 311th Arcturan Wing
Eleventh Arcturan Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Smillaaraq Jaspersen
- Aide: Leutnant-Colonel Karl Ruiz
- Fourth Ormstown Light Tank Regiment: Colonel Alyn Hershey
- Ninth Timbuktu Armored Cavalry Regiment: Colonel Andi Murray
- Second Arcturan Scout Regiment: Colonel Barry Lievesly
Eleventh Arcturan Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Wesley Corn
- Aide: Leutnant-Colonel Joseph Freilich
- Third Wiltshire Mounted Rifles Regiment: Colonel Lawrence Morris
- Forty-second Arcturan Heavy Infantry Regiment: Colonel Leslie Smith
- Nineteenth Firenze Infantry Regiment: Colonel Varkesh Wawra
- Seventh Langhorne Light Infantry Regiment: Colonel Celia Fremlin
- Ninety-second Arcturan Force Recon Regiment: Colonel Peter Fojl
Eleventh Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Elite/Reliable)
- CO: Leutnant-General Linda McDonald
- Note: Advanced IS technology: 25 percent 
- CO: Captain Sukit Manijr
- Note: Advanced IS technology: 35 percent | Omnis: 5 percent
Eleventh Arcturan Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Smillaaraq Jaspersen
- Note: Advanced IS technology: 20 percent
- Eleventh Arcturan Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Wesley Corn
- According to Greek mythology the Muse Melete was the Muse of thought and meditation.
- Field Report: Lyran Commonwealth 2765, p. 8-9, "Arcturan Guards"
- Hot Spots, p. 43
- Hot Spots (Contracts), p. 23
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 55, "11th Arcturan Guards" - Brief history of the unit from later 3040s to 3062.
- FedCom Civil War, p. 88, "Wave 2, Virtue" - 11th Arcturan lose fight on Virtue, but begins to gather strength to create large battle group of loyalist forces.
- FedCom Civil War, p/ 102, "Wave 2" - York - Carlisle APM joins the 11th Arcturan Battle Group.
- FedCom Civil War (Sourcebook), p. 103, "Wave 3" - York - Two Fox Warships aquired prior to arriving at York confront Victor's Avalon Class Cruiser, the Melissa Davion.
- FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 102-103, "Wave 3" - York - 11th Arcturan Guard springs a trap on Victor and nearly succeeds in taking him down.
- FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 104, "Operation Scatter" - 11th Arcturan under the command of Linda McDonald is sent hunt down the 23rd Arcturans Guards.
- FedCom Civil War, p. 126, "Wave 4 - Tikonov" - Details for first battle on Tikonov for the 11th.
- FedCom Civil War, p. 146 - General Maria Esterban defection to Free Skye.
- FedCom Civil War, p. 129, "Wave 4 - Coventry" - Elements of the 11th Arcturans and New Capetown training battalion are wiped out by the 7th Crucis Lancers.
- FedCom Civil War, p. 149, "Thorin" - 11th Arcturans task force arrives on Thorin and are held down by Victor Steiner-Davion's forces until Victor himself returns.
- FedCom Civil War page 164 - Wave Six - Skye - 11th Arcturans
- FedCom Civil War page 176-177 - Seventh Wave - Tharkad - Battle of Tharkad turns into insanity, McDonald surrenders near end to save unit.
- Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad, p. 8, "Sifting Though the Rubble" - Scenario note the destruction of the 11th Arcturan Guards.
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 120 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 55, "11th Arcturan Guards" - Maria starting year with unit listed.
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 55, "Tactics" - Strength and weaknesses of the units' tactics.
- Field Report: Lyran Commonwealth 2765, p. 9, "Regimental Status"
- House Steinerp. 120
- House Steinerp. 120
- Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137
- Objective Raids, p. 20
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 55, "11th Arcturan Guards Regiment Composition"
- Field Manual: Updates p.178