1st Defenders of Andurien
|1st Defenders of Andurien|
|Unit Profile (as of 3039)|
|Parent Formation||Defenders of Andurien|
 Unit Description
The 1st Defenders of Andurien were a Free Worlds League front-line provincial military Combine Arms Regiment , which was charged to defend the Duchy of Andurien. The unit, along with it regiment mates were disbanded after Andurien Secession.
 Early History
The 1st Defenders was just created by the Duchy prior to a Second Andurien War, where fears of military build of Capellan military forces was preparing. Early version of the Defenders appeared in 2514, where it was created to protect the Duchy's capital world.
 Reunification War
The 1st Defenders served as a part of the Marik Auxiliary Corps assigned to support the Star League Defense Force VII Corps during the invasion of the Magistracy of Canopus. VII Corps was the largest of the corps at the time, and was commanded by Captain-General Marion Marik; the Marik Auxiliary Corps was commanded by General Ian Marik, and while VII Corps took the lead on many of the planetary campaigns, elements of the Marik Auxiliary Corps were present on almost every campaign of the war between the Star League and the Magistracy. The 1st Defenders were directly involved in four planetary conquests, including that of the Magistracy capital, Canopus IV. Although the 1st Defenders would operate alongside various SLDF units, they also operated alongside the 3rd Orloff Grenadiers throughout the war.
The first campaign for the 1st Defenders saw them deploy from the staging world of Kanata to join the task force sent to occupy Scheuerheck, a relatively easy conquest; one of three former Free Worlds League worlds which had defected to the Magistracy in the 2550s, all three were conquered through a display of overwhelming force and agile diplomacy by Captain-General Marik. The defenders of Scheuerheck effectively offered no resistance to the SLDF landings which saw the VII Corps' 56th Brigade deploy alongside the 401st Independent Regiment, the 1st Defenders, the 3rd Regulan Hussars and the 2nd and 3rd Orloff Grenadiers. Within a very short period of time the planetary leader of Scheuerheck had not only surrendered but was actively petitioning for Scheuerheck to be readmitted into the Free Worlds League. The easy acquisition of three systems and their relatively peaceful incorporation back into the League was a propoganda coup for the Captain-General, and was used to great effect by her allies in the League Parliament.
The MAF had managed to surprise and outfox the SLDF task force several times in the opening years of the war, and as a result the SLDF timetable slowed as Captain-General Marik built up her forces for the next major invasions. In addition to refitting and rearming VII Corps and the FWLM regiments acting in support, Marik targeted two worlds each year for invasion, consolidating gains as part of a slow encirclement of the Magistracy capital world of Canopus IV. Fanardir was one of these worlds. Augmented by the 403rd Independent Regiment, the 1st Defenders and the 3rd Orloff Grenadiers, the strike force led by the 60th Brigade was ordered to conquer the Magistracy world of Fanardir in March 2581. This would be a more difficult campaign for the 1st Defenders than the occupation of Scheuerheck as the combined SLDF task force faced the 2nd and 3rd Canopian Fusiliers. Despite a significant advantage in numbers the 60th Brigade and the various FWLM regiments couldn't pin the Canopian Fusiliers down; in a campaign typical of those fought in 2580-2581, the two Canopian regiments did their best to sting the srike force before retreating ahead of any effective retaliation, saving their strength for later battles.
Following the destruction of the bulk of the Magistracy Navy at Thurrock in mid-2583 a bouyant SLDF targetted a number of worlds for conquest, picking up the pace of the Canopian war sharply as they capitalized on the inability of the MAF to redeploy units quickly. Zathras was one of the worlds targetted for conquest during this hectic period, and was the only Magistracy world that would be conquered solely by units from the Marik Auxiliary Corps during the war. The 1st Defenders and the 3rd Orloff Grenadiers were the only forces dispatched to conquer the world in late 2583 and faced no major resistance other than local defenders; the only major MAF presence in the Zathras system during the war had been the deployment of the Magistracy Navy 1st Fleet in the system in 2579, and the system hadn't merited a garrison from any of the MAF line regiments. Occupying Zatharas helped the SLDF isolate the Magistracy capital, Canopus IV; by early 2584 every Magistracy world within 30 light years of the capital was occupied by SLDF or FWLM troops.
Landings began on Canopus IV in early April 2584 and the 1st Defenders were one of five FWLM regiments chosen by the Captain-General to join the four assorted brigades' worth of VII Corps forces assigned to the invasion. As a result the 3rd Grenadiers fought alongside the 3rd Orloff Grenadiers, the 4th Fusiliers of Oriente Brigade and the 1st and 2nd Marik Militia through several weeks of the most intense combat the Canopian campaign would see. The MAF had two ad hoc brigades of line regiments defending Canopus plus the home guard regiments and the defenders put up a fierce resistance; while the 1st Defenders didn't see heavy action in the first days unlike some of the other FWLM regiments involved in the attack, they did by the end of the month-long campaign. The 1st fought alongside the other FWLM and SLDF regiments as the Magistracy defenders were pushed back to the capital city of Delphi and finally defeated, although the final day of the battle resembled a meatgrinder with forces on both sides taking heavy damage before the MAF lines were broken. The battle for Canopus was the last major battle the Grenadiers fought during the Reunification War.
 Andurien Succession
 Betelgeuse Campaign
In 3030, the Duchess Catherine Humphreys with her Canopian allies, launched invasion of the House Liao. The 1st Defenders were assigned to assault one of House Liao's largest military producing worlds, Betelgeuse. On their initial landings in December, General Garibaldi hot dropped his BattleMech forces with 200 kilometers of Capital city of Biden. The Defender's aerospace assets successfully, fought off Warrior House Kamata's Aerospace assets trying to prevent them from making their drop. Most of the Defender's mech companies successfully landed in their intended drop zones, save on company which landing off by margin and was quickly dispatched by House Kamata warriors.
The General had his forces rally in the city of Avin Lake, where seized key civilian industrial complexes on the planet. However, General Garibaldi was not man who wishes head-on actions, but without seizing city Biden's military complexes, choices were few. On the 29th of December, marked beginning of a five day campaign by a battalion worth of Kamata warriors whom beat bloodied the Defenders from being able to go on the offensive.
In November, 3031 the 1st Defenders finally received reinforcements in form of Tooth of Ymir. Ymir help jump start the stalled campaign to take the planet, netting half of it include a military manufacturer in form of Aldis Industries. However, Andurien High Command would not supply any further reinforcements to fight the fanatical Liao Warrior House.
However, things changed for Confederation forces as Warrior House Hiritsu arrived on planet in early July. On their arrival, the Hiritsu's MechWarriors hotdropped onto Audurien's rear areas which disrupted the Defender's efforts. General Garibaldi was forced to wheel back all forces which had seemly been inching to victory over their Kamata forces. The Hiritsu Lances of Battlemech in Defender's rear areas destroyed number of small supply and ammunition depots. Major John Humphreys was given charged in hunting down reinforcements in the rear areas. Wasn't until September after initial success were achieved few months prior, did Anduriens achieve any luck on their hunt. Humphreys' command company stumble over grouping of Hiritsu Warriors. The Major ordered the attack without reinforcements, trying prevent them slipping away from them as they themselves would have to wait for reinforcements. In the ensuring battle, Major Humphreys was killed after short but fierce battle with Liao Warrior house. Major Humphreys' death lead to Duchess Humphreys dispatch additional reinforcements to secure Betelgeuse.
As 3032 begun, 1st Defenders was joined by its sister units from else in the campaign, the 3rd and 4th regiments help widen control of Betelgeuse further. In early, march despite moral growing low as early gains in invasion were lost, 1st Defender's task force smashed Liao's Protectorate Guard in March. However, in May War on Andurien bluntly changed in favor of House Liao. Entire brigade of the McCarron’s Armored Cavalry five regiments had arrived. Seeing these fresh and elite reinforcements, General Garibaldi order his forces to withdraw from the planet. He used the 1st Defenders as part of rearguard defenses against the Big Mac's assets, taking some damage in process of finally retreating from the planet by May 23rd.
 League Campaign to Retake Andurien
 Scouting Raid of Shiro III
By 3035, the 1st Defenders had taken up garrison the world of Shiro III, there in October League troops began to probe Andurien defenses. The 1st Atrean Dragoons' Beta Battalion dropped on planet begun attacking the 1st Defenders. In the five day probe in disguise of a raid, 1st Defenders fought the Dragoons with aide of its sister force, the 5th regiment. The Dragoons had escaped with only losing few lances of 'mechs in process, however to achieve their intelligence on 1st and 5th's ware bouts.
 Shiro III Offensive
In May 3036, Captain-General Duncan Marik, sent three regiment task force to retake Shiro III from the 1st Defenders and its brigade mate, the 5th. The 5th was surrounded &and was unable repelled Atrean Hussars's combined arms of task force conventional regiments, forced them to withdraw from the planet to Xanthe III. The 1st Defenders had taken up garrisoning in the city of Mina. It placed its five active companies of BattleMechs in effective defense of their strong hold in the city, despite its reduced numbers from Duchy's Capellan Invasion.
The Captain-General's task force, against the 1st Defenders including the 1st Marik Militia and the 1st Fusiliers of Oriente begun their offensive against 1st Defenders in series of raids, which they traded off with one other to conduct. The 1st Defenders's battle plans had been well defined by since 3035, with raids conducted by League forces. However the raids were consistent, number to four to five a day. However, as time drew on, the two Marik regiments began to wear down the Defenders. So the Defenders sent on call for reinforcements, which arrived in form of Alpha Provisional Battalion of the 1st Defenders. June 7th, the Defenders split Alpha and Beta Battalions to go on the offensive. With Alpha attacking Oriente regiment's positions and Beta against 1st Marik Militia. The Defenders speed took the Captain-General's forces off-guard. 1st Fusiliers of Oriente's units were pushed back from the Defender's city limits, while Beta push hard and threaten 1st Marik's command post. This brutal offensive by the Defenders caused Captain-General's forces not take notice that Defender's conventional forces were absent from the battle. The assault was cover for Defenders slower forces to withdraw from city and boost off planet with DropShips.
The Defender's battalions conducted a fighting withdraw after their fellows Dropships were safely away. In course of this fighting withdrawal, company worth of Defenders 'Mechs who remained behind as rearguard defense for the main body to launch safely in their DropShips were destroyed by Marik forces. The regiment moved to the world of Ryerson to recover and prepare what moves the Andurien high command may have for them.
 Invasion of Andurien
The regiment was re-deployed on Andurien, where it and the remaining Defender Regiments mustered to make one last stand against invasion which was seem inevitable. The First Defenders were assigned to city of Baroda, located main continent of Altay. On the August 19th, 3039, the 1st Marik Militia company attempted enter the city, they approached Darnel Bridge, where Elements of the First Defenders, had been guarding it. The company of the 1st Militia eliminated from action by elements of the Defenders. However, survivors of the Militia whom eject were captured by angry mob and hung before Defenders were able to arrive to stop them. However, the regiment was force to withdraw further back to the Baroda due to arrive of the 1st and 2nd.
The 1st Defenders joined the 6th Defenders whom were now shattered by the approaching 3rd Free Worlds Guards. During the course of the fighting in Baroda, a battalion of the 1st Marik Militia is trapped in city. By November, the 3rd Free Worlds Guards is joined by 8th Orloff Grenadiers and mercenary group, Always Faithful. The Defenders surging the siege of city, were able destroy the 'merc's infantry & Armor assets of their Combined Arms force. Lastly, Captain-General committed the 1st Regulan Hussars to battle for control of the city. The 1st Defender's fight to hold onto the city would continue to the 19th, bring in 1st Fusiliers of Oriente aide in fight against them. It only when the Duchess announced the Duchy's surrender did the unit officially cease fighting. After the Audurien's surrender, the unit was disbanded along with rest of the brigade by order of the Captain-General.
The Regiment employs its vehicular forces to tie up an opponent while, its BattleMech forces are used conduct the killing blow.
 Composition History
- CO: Lieutenant General Xeng Garibaldi
- 1 BattleMech Regiment consisting of three Battalions of BattleMechs of light, medium heavy
- 26 Lances consisting of Heavy & Light tanks, Artillery and range of Aerospace Fighter used to enhance Anduerien's planetary defenses and recon for the 'Mech Regiment.
1st Defenders of Andurien (Combined Arms Regiment)
- Alpha Provisional Battalion - BattleMech Formation
-After the failed invasion, provisional reinforcements were added to the regiment.
The 1st Defenders as of this writing has only appeared in original House Marik source book, and only one profile done for it. Further information on regiment history in unknown.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, p. 56 Betelgeuse (December-Ongoing) - Defender is listed as a Combined Arms regiment in attack against the planet.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Historical: Reunification War, p. 148, "Magistracy Of Canopus Front(Jump-Off - 2582)"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Historical: Reunification War, p. 149, "Magistracy Of Canopus Front (2583-2588)"
- ↑ Historical: Reunification War, p. 95, "SLDF Task Force Canopus"
- ↑ Historical: Reunification War, p. 100, "Ruschegg, Payvand and Scheuerheck (August-October 2577)"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 150, "Magistracy Of Canopus Front(Jump-Off - 2582)"
- ↑ Historical: Reunification War, p. 101, "Gallis, Aspropirgos, Fanardir and Borgan's Rift (January 2580-October 2581)"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 103, "Endgame (2583-2584)"
- ↑ Historical: Reunification War, p. 151, "Magistracy Of Canopus Front (2583-2588)"
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, pp. 56, 87, Betelgeuse (December-Ongoing) & The Andurien Wars - Deployment Table for Andurien Wars, showing where the defenders were deployed.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, pp. 59-60 Betelgeuse (On Going) - Campaign still raging on through 3031.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, pp. 63 Betelgeuse (Ongoing-May) - Campaign still raging on through 3031.
- ↑ Brush Wars, p. 70 Phase 2: The Recapture of Andurien (3035-3040) - 1st Defenders with aide of the 5th fend off "raid" by Captain-General Duncan Marik's forces in prelude to their invasion.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, pp. 72-73 Shiro III (May) - The 1st Defenders actions on Shiro III during initial Marik offensive to re-take Andurien.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, pp. 77-78 Ryerson (August) - 1st Defenders moved to Audurien for final battle noted.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, pp. 80-81 Bloody August - First Defenders attempt fight of moves to take city of Baroda, but end up withdrawing.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, p. 82 A Tale of Two Cities: Baroda and Jojoken & The Occupation - The Defenders battle for Bardoa and its disbandment from League's military.
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 101 The Defenders of Andurien - 1st Defenders profile includes unit commanding officer.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, p. 85 Betelgeuse (December - Ongoing) - Unit's tactics revealed in description of the beginning of the Betelgeuse campaign.
- ↑ House Marik p.109
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League, p. 101 - Unit make up consists of large number of combat vehicles and aerospace fighters to enhance 1st Defenders garrison abilities.
- ↑ Historical: Brush Wars, p. 73, "Shiro III (May)" - Additional unit added to regiment.