197th Mechanized Infantry Division

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197th Mechanized Infantry Division
Unit Profile (as of 2780)
Nickname The Florida Swamp Foxes
Parent Formation LV Corps
Formed unknown
Disbanded 2784[1]

Overview[edit]

The 197th Mechanized Infantry Division was a part of the Star League Defense Force Regular Army.

History[edit]

In 2764 the 197th was a part of LV Corps within the Fifth Army and was assigned to District 1 of the Capellan Confederation Military Region. The 197th was then transferred to District 3 of the CCMR by 2765 in response to the Periphery Uprising.[2] The 197th survived the Uprising and the Hegemony Campaign but despite the fate of the 197th being regarded as unknown for several centuries after the fall of the Star League,[2] subsequent publications released in the thirty-first and thirty-second centuries revealed that the 197th almost certainly survived the Hegemony campaign and remained in the Inner Sphere, joining Major General Lauren Hayes and the other SLDF units who chose to join ComStar in support of Jerome Blake. The 197th is believed to have formed the basis of the "mercenaries" used to create the Third ComStar Expeditionary Division in 2784.[1] Following Operation SILVER SHIELD in June 2788, in which ComStar's Expeditionary Divisions seized control of Terra, the vast majority of the Expeditionary Divisions were demobilized and their equipment cached for the future, forming the basis of the later Com Guard.[3]

Officers[edit]

The commanding officer in 2764 was Major General Linda Yamazaki.[4]

Tactics[edit]

The Mechanised Infantry Divisions of the Star League were used offensively to exploit gaps in the enemy front created by the BattleMech Divisions. They also bore the brunt of defensive actions. All of the Division's 'Mechs are jump capable.[4]

Composition History[edit]

The Division comprised two Brigades of Mechanised Infantry and a single BattleMech Brigade. Also attached was a Ground Aero Wing.

2764[edit]

  • 1971st Mechanized Infantry Brigade [4]
  • Hover Tank Regiment (additional)
  • 1972nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade
  • Hover Tank Regiment (additional)
  • 1973rd BattleMech Brigade

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 First Succession War, p. 34, "Those Left Behind (Continued)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Star League, p. 153, "Fifth"
  3. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 117, "ComStar and the Com Guard"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Field Manual: SLDF, p. 83

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