14th Lyran Guards

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14th Lyran Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Fearsome Fourteenth
Parent Formation Lyran Guards
Formed

History[edit]

The 14th Lyran Guards defended Alexandria in 2953 and 2955 alongside the 20th Arcturan Guards. Their actions against both the Free Worlds League and Draconis Combine in the Third Succession War earned them a Dragon Slayer's Ribbon and an Eagle's Feather. After the Third Succession War, most of their focus was on the Free Worlds League.

In 3047 they attempted to raid the Free Worlds planet Pingree. Two companies of the 5th Fusiliers of Oriente intercepted them and held them off for two days. The delay allowed the rest of the Fusiliers to deploy effectively and force the 14th off-world.

The Second Battalion of 14th Lyran Guards were defeated while attempting to defend Gienah against a raid by the 3rd Free Worlds Legionnaires and 2nd Fusiliers of Oriente in September 3048.[1]

In 3050 the Fourteenth was stationed on Ford.[2] As the political situation on Ford destabilized the 30th Lyran Military Police Regiment (an infantry unit attached to the 14th) played a large role in maintaining order on the world.[1]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

During the FedCom Civil War the Fourteenth joined with the Free Skye Movement and fought their fellow Guards. After the Civil War ended, the Fourteenth would have been stricken from the rolls, but Duke Kelswa-Steiner was able to talk the High Command into keeping the regiment intact. The other Lyran Guard units shunned the Fourteenth because of their actions.[3]

The Jihad[edit]

In the Jihad the Fourteenth returned to Pingree, easily landing on the world but rapidly coming under continual fire from the defending Free Worlds units. They took heavy losses before the cease-fire. In 3079 they had relocated to Zdice.[4]

As part of Operation SCOUR, the Fourteenth raided Andiron with orders to secure as much Word of Blake technology as they could. The Fourteenth dropped several companies on the world. The Blakists struck quickly, but only found conventional forces. After the conventional units had skirmished with the Blakists for two weeks, the Fourteenth's BattleMechs and fast vehicles struck the main Blakist repair and supply facility. The Guards seized two companies worth of combat units and tons of supplies, before withdrawing in good order. To reward their success, the LCAF High Command reassigned the Fourteenth to garrison Solaris VII and authorized their expansion to a full RCT.[5]

The Dark Age[edit]

In 3104 the leadership of the shadowy organization known as the Brotherhood of Cincinnatus was destroyed on Gacrux. The Brotherhood's leadership had been targeted by a sustained military campaign conducted by the LCAF at the orders of Archon Adam Steiner following a failed attempt to assassinate Hanse Steiner, the mentally handicapped son of Peter Steiner-Davion and Marie Hussfield, in 3098. Adam led the First Royal Guards and Fourteenth Lyran Guards personally on Gacrux, having received permission from Devlin Stone to cross the border of the Republic of the Sphere in pursuit of the Brotherhood.[6]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025 the commanding officer was Colonel Dale Barrows.[7]

As of 3050 to 3054 the Fourteenth was commanded by Marshal Emily Stevens.[2][8]

As of 3062 to 3067 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Katinka Porter, whose family were refugees from New Delos in the Free Worlds League. She attained her command in 3057, replacing Emily Stevens.[1][9]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Pendragon Botov.[10]

Tactics[edit]

The 14th is a classic Lyran heavy assault unit. Unlike most of these regiments, the 14th lacks the Lightning Companies common after the Fourth Succession War. The heavy 'Mechs are supported by lighter, more mobile armor units.[1]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

14th Lyran Guards (Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Colonel Dale Barrows

3040[edit]

14th Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[11]

3050-3054[edit]

14th Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[2][8]

  • CO: Marshal Emily Stevens

3062[edit]

14th Lyran Guards (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Katinka Porter
  • Aide: Colonel Quentin Springall

14th Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Imogen Ackerman
  • 360th Lyran Armored Cavalry Regiment: Colonel Alexii Gosenss
  • 274th Lyran Armored Cavalry Regiment: Colonel Sinclair Chadwick
  • 4th Ford Artillery Group: Colonel Maxwell Jafree

14th Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Faustine Giron
  • Aide: Leutnant-Colonel Julious Verma
  • 98th Lyran Mechanized Rifles: Colonel Somerset Schmidt
  • 15th Ford Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Prudence Moikal
  • 16th Ford Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Noah Weekes
  • 393rd Lyran Heavy Infantry Regiment: Colonel Adora Rastern
  • 30th Lyran Military Police Regiment: Colonel Greville James

3067[edit]

14th Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: Leutnant-General K. Porter

14th Lyran Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: Colonel Luther Steiner-Brewer

14th Lyran Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: Colonel Faustine Giron

3079[edit]

The unit lost 60% of its forces during the Jihad.[4]

3085[edit]

14th Lyran Guards LCT (Veteran/Questionable)[10]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Pendragon Botov

14th Lyran Armored Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[10]

  • CO: Colonel Chesley Elwyn

14th Lyran Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Questionable)[10]

  • CO: Colonel Shinobu Tar

Notes[edit]

Homeworld Ford. The 14th Lyran Guards fielded in 3062 no attached aerospace forces.[1]

Reference[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 79, "14th Lyran Guards Unit Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 20 Year Update, p. 27, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  3. Field Manual: Updates, p. 170, "14th Lyran Guards"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 12
  5. Field Manual: 3085, p. 101
  6. Field Manual: 3145, p. 119, "Reconstruction"
  7. 7.0 7.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table - 3025"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Objective Raids, p. 19, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Field Manual: Updates, p. 177, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  11. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137

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