1st Chesterton Voltigeurs

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First Chesterton Voltigeurs
Unit Profile (as of 3025)
Nickname
Parent Formation Chesterton Reserves
Formed 2790-2795

History[edit]

The First Chesterton Voltigeurs was formed in the closing years of the twenty-eighth century by expatriates from the Chesterton region.[1]

First Succession War[edit]

The Voltigeurs first tasted combat fighting against House Kurita on Rio and Ronel in the first half of the 2800's.[1] Where the Ariana Grenadiers were routed from Ronel, the Voltigeurs were far more successful on Rio. The Voltigeurs began by intercepting the Dieron Regulars' DropShips with aerospace fighters while the DropShips were entering the upper atmosphere, and successfully shot down two DropShips, which crashed into the surface south of the port city of San Lucas. The remaining Regulars' DropShips managed to land, but found themselves immediately subject to artillery fire from the Voltigeurs, forcing the DropShips to boost for safety as soon as the last 'Mechs had managed to disembark. The Regulars attempted to quickly seize the resort city of San Lucas to use as a base for operations, only to discover that the Voltigeurs had rigged a number of the tallest buildings in the city to collapse using explosives, as well as mining half the streets. Within half an hour of landing, the Regulars found themselves trapped in a burning, fiery hell that had once been a pristine resort town on a world that had enjoyed a reputation as a holiday paradise during the Star League era.[2]

Later on Westphalia they defended the planet against the Freeman's Fanatics mercenary unit then in Steiner employ.[1]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 2944 the Voltigeurs met House Marik forces on Epsilon Eridani and suffered serious losses, but managed to capture a Leopard DropShip and eventually won the day.[1]

The unit was badly mauled in 2987 while defending Tikonov against the attacking House Davion.[1] In the end the invaders were defeated by the slimmest of margins.

Fourth Succession War[edit]

Defense of Tikonov[edit]

The Voltigeurs took moderate casualties in the failed defense of New Moscow on Tikonov when they battled the 3rd Crucis Lancers in October of 3026. [3]

Operation RIPOSTE[edit]

All three regiments of the Chesterton Voltigeurs took part in the assault on New Aragon. The Voltigeurs suffered heavy losses attacking a supply depot and eventually surrendered when escape proved impossible.[4]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025, the commanding officer was Colonel Alana Dickersenn.[1]

Composition History[edit]

2821[edit]

First Chesterton Voltigeurs (Green/Reliable)[5]

- At this point in time the Voltigeurs was a lightweight regiment operating just above half strength and stationed on Rio.[5]

3025[edit]

First Chesterton Voltigeurs (3 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Alana Dickersenn
  • First Battalion - Major Athena Cochraine
  • Second Battalion - Major Emmanuel Rinn
  • Third Battalion - Major William Gazen

Unit Emblem[edit]

Crossed katana blades against a red field.[1]

Notes[edit]

First Succession War states that the First Chesterton Voltigeurs was one of three BattleMech regiments raised by Sandol Quinn before his installation as Regent Chancellor.[2] Quinn was installed as Regent Chancellor in 2795, and the Voltigeurs were not listed as an active regiment in 2786,[5] while House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) states that the Voltigeurs were formed in the last decade of the twenty-eighth century, giving a window of between 2790 and 2795 for the formation of the regiment.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 83, "1st Chesterton Voltigeurs"
  2. 2.0 2.1 First Succession War, p. 82, "Caught In The Capellan Crossfire"
  3. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 30, "Other Actions on Tikonov"
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 97, "New Aragon"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 First Succession War, p. 135, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces"

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