1st Capellan Chargers

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First Capellan Chargers
Unit Profile (as of 2765)
Nickname Greeks Bearing Gifts[1]
Parent Formation Capellan Chargers
Formed pre-2730[1]

History[edit]

Tracing its origins back to the Capellan Hegemony Armed Forces, the First Capellan Chargers were amongst the premiere offensive formations of the Capellan Hegemony and, later, the Capellan Confederation. Maintaining the traditions and ideals of the Capellan state, the First Chargers were active throughout the Age of War and remained an active part of the Capellan military even during the relatively peaceful years of the Star League.[2]

The First Capellan Chargers were one of the first regiments of the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces to receive BattleMechs and fought with them across the entire Confederation during the Age of War as a part of the heavily armored core of the CCAF, always being found in the midst of every major Capellan offensive. The Capellan Chargers were never a particularly large brigade, a result of a determination to maintain the quality of the regiment's cavaliers ahead of quantity, but the First Chargers was one of two regiments within the Chargers to remain active after other formations had been transferred to the newly-formed Star League Defense Force during the buildup to the Reunification War or deactivated following the formation of the Star League.[2]

The First Chargers were extensively restructured after the repeal of the Council Edict of 2650 by the Star League council in 2752; the CCAF began expanding the Capellan Chargers once more, and the commanding officer of the First, Colonel Juliano Papadakis, took the opportunity to transfer out those personnel who failed to keep up with the more intensive training regime implemented to hone the First's already keen edge. Those transferred out of the First were rotated out along with the First's lighter equipment, moving into the various other Chargers regiments - particularly the Third Capellan Chargers - and to make up for the losses in personnel, a combination of CCAF MechWarriors with experience from the Chesterton and Periphery borders of the Confederation and top-quality graduates from the Capella War College were assigned as replacements.[2]

As a result of Colonel Papadakis' efforts, by 2765 the First Chargers were a muscular heavy BattleMech regiment with a level of skill that belied a lack of recent combat experience. As with the other regiments of Chargers the cavaliers of the First were heavily indoctrinated with the brigade mythos of the apparent-invincibility of the Chargers, an attitude that had the potential to become a critical flaw in combat.[2]

In the Star League Era they were a sister unit to the Capellan Hussars.[3]

First Succession War[edit]

As one of the premier regiments serving the Capellan Confederation at the start of the First Succession War, the Capellan Chargers won many battles against opponents of equal strength or better. However, their unwillingness to retreat or surrender made them vulnerable to nuclear weapons and overwhelming odds. The unit was destroyed by the end of the First Succession War.[4]

The Strategios decided not to rebuild the regiment as their combat philosophy resulted in wasted resources for not enough gain.[4]

Officers[edit]

In 2765 the commanding officer of the First was Colonel Juliano Papadakis.[2]

Tactics[edit]

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Composition History[edit]

2750[edit]

First Capellan Chargers[1]

  • Aplha Battalion "The Wooden Horses"
  • Bravo Battalion "The Tigar Slayers"
  • Charlie Battalion "The Gold Colts"

2765[edit]

First Capellan Chargers (Veteran/Fanatical)[2]

The First Chargers were based on the world of Vanra.

Game Rules[edit]

During the Star League Era the First Capellan Chargers were one of the most well-equipped units. To reflect this when rolling for random lance type apply a +2 modifier. When rolling on a specific Random Assignment Table, the Chargers player may adjust the roll by one point in any direction.[5]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Era Report 2750 p. 39
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Field Report: Capellan Confederation 2765, p. 9, "Capellan Chargers"
  3. Era Report: 2750, p. 39
  4. 4.0 4.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 34, "Capellan Chargers"
  5. Era Report: 2750, p. 140

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