125th Deadman Ordnance Carriers
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|125th Deadman Ordnance Carriers|
|Unit Profile (as of 3039)|
The Hundred and Twenty-fifth Deadman Ordnance Carriers was a penal combat support unit of the Capellan Confederation.
The Free Worlds League first started using the J-27 as a penal option to support its military; a practice has been emulated by most other Houses. One such unit was the Hundred and Twenty-fifth Deadman Ordnance Carriers that became the most famous penal unit in the Inner Sphere.
During fighting on New Hessen the unit supplied over a thousand times their own weight in ammunition to keep the Capellan defensive position supplied. At one point some of its convoys came under attack from a pair of Davion ’Mechs. Rather than retreat, the convicts removed some of the missiles their J-27s were carrying and made makeshift firing positions, eventually forcing the Davion 'Mechs to withdraw after a few hours of combat. For this action the crews were given pardons and promotions to other units, although some elected to stay on.
Captain "Jumpin’ Jake" Jackson III was the commander of the 125th Deadman. Known for striking any man that salutes him or treats him like an officer. A private prior to the Battle for New Hessen he was promoted first to Lieutenant and then to Captain for his bold and daring actions during it. Despite his murder conviction being quashed and his dislike of officers he elected to stay with his unit after New Hessen.
As a rear echelon unit their tactics are improvised as required.
The unit is composed entirely of J-27 Ordnance Transports. Its strength is unknown, but as the commander is a Captain it is possibly at company size.
The first edition printing of Technical Readout: 3025 records the Battle of New Hessen in 2080, however this is at odds with the introduction date of the J-27, which is 2650. It also lists the name of the unit as Deadmen.
- Technical Readout: 3025, p. 194
- Technical Readout: 3039, p. 18