17th Arcturan Guards

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Seventeenth Arcturan Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Kezla Rams
Parent Formation Arcturan Guards
Formed

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[edit] Unit Description

The Seventeenth Arcturan Guards is a House Steiner military formation, principle in its early times it was purely, a BattleMech Regiment. After the formation of the Federated Commonwealth, the unit was re-organized into lead element of its own Regimental Combat Team. The unit saw little action through most of the early and late thirty-first century until FedCom Civil War.[citation needed]


[edit] History

[edit] Third Succession War

The Seventeenth faced Wolf's Dragoons Beta and Delta Regiments on Wyatt in 3016. The unit did something few other units had: It destroyed a battalion of Beta Regiment when they destroyed a Dragoon DropShip.[1]

In 3019 the Seventeenth ambushed Zeta Battalion and the Black Widow Company on Lamon. The Seventeenth wasn't able to drive off the Dragoons, but they did put up a heavy defense that inflicted serious losses on the two Dragoon units.[2]

[edit] Minor Actions in Post-Fourth Succession War period

The unit under took a raid mission against the Free Worlds League world of Dubhe in 3049. The unit noted for have crushing the Silver Hawk Irregulars' Falcon Regiment in the action. [3]

[edit] Clan Invasion

In 3047, the Guards saw action against the 13th Marik Militia. During that operation, the unit learned develop defensive tactics to protect its vital rear staging areas. [4] By 3050, the Guards were stationed on the planet Wyatt along the border of the Free Worlds League [5]. They remained there in the years following the Clan Invasion , and would ultimately remain on Wyatt until 3062.

[edit] FedCom Civil War

[edit] Garrison Duty on Solaris

The unit was first deployed to Solaris VII reinforce the garrison on the planet failed to contain violence the became known later as the Solaris Riots in 3062.

[edit] Small World

In 3066, the unit was order to reinforce Loyalist forces fighting on Tikonov, however they were ended up on Small World.

On April 20th, the unit moved land on the planet and await new orders from LAAF High Command. In what was only to be stop over, the unit was attack by Smithson's Chinese Bandits and other minor militia & mercenary unit under their direct control. The Bandits were originally contracted by planet's government to protect the world's mining complexes. The Guards proximity to Mining complex was too close for them and the Bandits attacked while the Guards were landing. Caught in complete surprise, the Guards and Bandits battle extended into conflict for control of the planet instead of simple way station to wait for orders. The Bandits led the guards in chases through Small World's arctic regions, but ended up unsuccessful hunting down the units. By 14th of June, the Achernar SMM had arrived to reinforce the Guards. The unit commanders prove to dislike each other but was able carry on in their efforts to hunt down the Bandits. Within three days, both loyalist units were successful in destroying the Smithson's Chinese Bandits.

On the 21st of June, Victor Steiner-Davion's Allied forces arrived in system. The 5th Syrtis Fusiliers was leading brigade of Mercenaries, under the command of Major General Koening. Initially the 5th Sytris and its forces were using their range weaponry to wear down the Guards and its Militia ally. Despite this, in 2nd July the Guards & Militia pushed back FedSun forces to back to their landing zone.

Unfortunately for the Guards, Koening had additional forces called in, inform of few battalions mercenary lead by the Wilson's Hussars. The sheer size of forces against the Arcturans and its Militia put the unit within two weeks of fighting. By July 23rd, Leutnant-General Davis Lillie order withdraw for all loyalist forces. As Guards & Militia were loading their troops on their DropShips, Allied forces conducted a Combat Drop of BattleMechs on their LZ. This actions by the allies was backed by attack numerous Armor units. On the next day of fighting, General Lillie formally surrendered to Allied forces, and his units personnel were incarcerated on the planet.[6]

[edit] Post-FedCom Civil War

During their incarceration, the mercenary units involved in the fighting attempted to confiscate the Guard's equipment for their own. However, Major-General Koening prevented Guards from being rendered equipment-less. However, the unit did end up losing some their assets to the mercenaries.[7]

[edit] Jihad

The Seventeenth Arcturan Guards survived the initial Jihad actions in the Federated Suns and fought in Operation SCOUR.[8] As part of the Coalition's Lyran Thrust, the Seventeenth raided Zosma in 3077.[9] Finding the world nearly defenseless, they promptly took control of the planet and brought it into the Coaltion's control.[10] They also served under General Belle Lee's assault on Sydney, Australia, Terra.[11][12] While fighting in Sydney, they fought alongside Ryuken-san and Stone's Stalwarts.[13]

After the Jihad ended, the Seventeenth was rotated back to Arcturus. There they rebuilt to fighting strength. They have the distinction of being the only full RCT left in the Arcturan Guards brigade,[14] though they are still at barely half their listed strength.[15]

[edit] Dark Age

The Seventeenth was stationed along the Port Moseby Salient, a finger of Commonwealth controlled systems that ranged from Port Moseby to Auldhouse. When the Jade Falcons jumped the border, the Seventeenth's commander ordered a general retreat towards Tharkad instead of fighting. None of the Seventeenth engaged the Falcons before they withdrew. They fought on Tharkad, but as soon as the Falcons and Clan Wolf forces retreated, the Seventeenth's commander was arrested and charged with dereliction of duty. The Seventeenth was then assigned to garrison Coventry under a new commander.[16]

[edit] Officers

As of 3025, the commanding officer of the unit was Colonel Timothy Elgar.[17]

As of 3050 to 3054, the commanding officer of the unit was Hauptmann-General Allan Nacine.[5][18]

As of 3059 to 3067, the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Davis Lillier.[19][20]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Ursula Winfried.[15]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Leutnant-General Francine Ross.[21]

[edit] Tactics

The unit is oriented in conducting lightning fast assaults. The guards employ shock and momentum to their assaults. The unit however is weak in policing actions which requires peacekeeping and employing defensive tactics.[22]

[edit] Composition History

[edit] 3025

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards (BattleMech Regiment)[17]

  • CO: Colonel Timothy Elgar

- Note: Unit was Regular Skilled and its loyalty was Reliable. The unit was based on Wyatt as of 3025.

[edit] 3040

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards RCT (Regular/Reliable)[23]

[edit] 3050-3054

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards RCT (Regular/Reliable)[5][18]

[edit] 3062

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards (BattleMech Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[24]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Davis Lillie
  • Aide: Anthony Richardson

Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[24]

  • 411th Independent Wing
  • 7th Solaris Wing

Seventeenth Arcturan Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[24]

  • CO: Colonel Tork Moritz
  • 127th Arcturan Heavy Armor Regiment: Colonel Antonis Vasilou
  • 173rd Arcturan Armored Cavalry (Regiment: Colonel Jaye Isenberg
  • 186th Arcturan Armored Cavalry Regiment: Colonel David Cross

Seventeenth Arcturan Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[24]

  • CO: Colonel Victoria Bryce
  • Aide: Leutnant-Colonel William Weare
  • 294th Wyatt Heavy Infantry Regiment: Colonel David Pugh
  • 302nd Arcturan Infantry Regiment: Colonel Ray Sanchez
  • 304th Arcturan Infantry Regiment: Colonel Julian Moseley
  • 12th Arcturan Commando Regiment Colonel Agnes Hui
  • 19th Arcturan Jump Regiment: Colonel Maximillian Kimbell

[edit] 3067

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards (BattleMech Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Davis Lillie

Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings/Veteran/Reliable)[20]

Seventeenth Arcturan Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Colonel Tork Moritz

Seventeenth Arcturan Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Colonel Victoria Bryce

[edit] 3085

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Ursula Winfried

Seventeenth Arcturan Aerospace Brigade (Regular/Reliable)[15]

Seventeenth Arcturan Armor Brigade (2 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Antoninus Brand

Seventeenth Arcturan Infantry Brigade (Regular/Fanatical)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Jitinder Aucciello

[edit] 3145

Seventeenth Arcturan Guards RCT (Regular/Questionable)[21]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Francine Ross

Seventeenth Arcturan Aerospace (Regular/Questionable)[21]

  • CO: Kommmandant John Young

Seventeenth Arcturan Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Colonel Billy Clark

Seventeenth Arcturan Infantry Brigade (Regular/Questionable)[21]

  • CO: Colonel Ronald Butler

[edit] Notes

[edit] Rules

[edit] Game Rules

  • The unit has an Equipment Rating of 'A', uses Overrun Combat ability when it is the aggressor in scenario. However, if it a defending unit, it receives a -2 to its initiative to reflect units weakness in defensive tactics. [25]

[edit] References

  1. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 21
  2. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 23
  3. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 57, "17th Arcturan Guards" - Raid in Free Worlds League noted, one few actions unit is noted for doing.
  4. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 57 - Tactics - Unit fought 13th Marik Militia and learn its tactics, but unspecific where they fought.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 20 Year Update, p. 27, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  6. FedCom Civil War (Sourcebook), pp. 160-161, "Small World" - The Unit Actions on Small World and their defeat.
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 168, "17th Arcturan Guards" - Unit lost equipment after being jailed by FedSuns troops.
  8. Field Report: AFFS, p. 20
  9. Total Chaos, pp. 89, 171
  10. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 65
  11. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  12. Field Report: LAAF, p. 10
  13. Total Chaos, pp. 221-223
  14. Field Manual: 3085, p. 98
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Field Manual: 3085, p. 109, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  16. Field Manual: 3145, p. 125
  17. 17.0 17.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119, "Unit Deployment Tables - 3025"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Objective Raids, p. 19, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  19. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 57, "Note of commanding officer"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 179, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 132, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Coventry Province"
  22. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 57, "Tactics" - Unit strength and weaknesses in its methods of combat
  23. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 57, "17th Arcturan Guards Composition"
  25. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 130, "Force Specific Rules" - 17th Arcturan Guards - Unit abilities and weaknesses.

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