1st Liao Hussars
|First Liao Hussars|
|Unit Profile (as of 3145)|
|Nickname||The Liao Berserkers|
|Parent Formation||Liao Cháng-Chéng|
The First Liao Hussars were raised in 2910 as Kamakura's Hussars. After the Xin Sheng movement of the late 3060s, the unit was renamed Phyr's Hussars. Later they became the First Liao Hussars.
The Hussars first saw action in 2925, earning a reputation for poor discipline. Some describe the unit as "a suicidal rabble of talented egotists". Their first fight was with forces of the Free Worlds League Military on Hassad. They fought well, but were forced to withdraw.<ref.House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 49</ref>
Fourth Succession War
Xin Sheng Campaign
The Hussars' commanding officer, Sang-shao Takai Kamakura, was left incapacitated by a crippling heart attack during the Han New Year celebrations in 3067. This led to a brief period where the regiment was commanded by Kan Phyr as acting CO - with Phyr refusing to accept a susbtantive promotion above the rank of Zhong-shao. It was during this period that the Hussars were posted from Styk to Pleione for a counter-insurgency campaign against a dissident movement on that planet, a movement that had backing from a contingent that claimed to be linked to Free Capella.
Phyr oversaw the move to Pleione and implemented martial law on the planet almost immediately after arriving; he then clamped down on the civilian population over the next two months until part of the rebel group cracked and gave up information on the military contingent supporting the dissidents. This was swiftly followed by the group being tracked down and defeated in a three-hour battle; while the campaign was a victory for the Hussars, it found no official connection between the dissidents and Free Capella or Treyhang Liao. The day after the climatic battle, Sang-shao Kamakura insisted on being moved out of his hospital room so that he could address the Hussars. It would be his final address to the unit, and he used it to give his blessing to Kan Phyr and issue his farewell to his command. Kamakura subsequently died on the trip back to the hospital, leaving the Hussars under Phyr's command.
The Hussars became known as Phyr's Hussars after Sang-shao Kan Phyr formally took command; the Hussars went on to hold St. Andre for the Confederation from 3069 until almost the end of the Jihad. The Hussars struggle to hold St. Andre became the subject of legends within the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces; the Hussars held St. Andre despite a supply line that had been reduced to a bare trickle, in the face of a campaign of almost constant raids conducted either by Word of Blake forces or their hirelings. The Hussars didn't survive unscathed - the penultimate Blakist attack on St. Andre included a nuclear strike that destroyed almost a full Hussars 'Mech battalion along with their support staff - but they did survive, and by 3079 the regiment had rebuilt to the point that it was the largest single unit within the Liao Cháng-Chéng brigade.
The Dark Age
The Hussars became celebrities in the years immediately after the Jihad, with the media making films about their exploits on St. Andre and the manner in which the Hussars operated as dispersed, nomadic raiders who formed up to smash Blakist forces before fading away again, although detractors suggested that perhaps the Hussars were simply to stubborn, fanatical or pig-headed to know when to give up. The Hussars were still rebuilding when the Capellan Confederation launched Operation GOLDEN FORTRESS, but they and the other formations within the Cháng-Chéng didn't miss out on all the action, deploying partway through the campaign.
The Hussars were deployed to Wei, arriving just in time to save the beleaguered Fourth Tau Ceti Rangers. The Republic's II Hastati Sentinels were pressing the Rangers hard, while the Rangers attempted to retreat to their DropShips. The Hussars arrived via a combat drop that placed them immediately behind II Hastati, disrupting the Sentinels' attack; the Sentinels responded by trying to launch an Interdictor-class Pocket WarShip to pursue the Ranger DropShips, only to have the Interdictor boarded and captured. The officer responsible for capturing the Interdictor was Taiga Kamakura, an individual described as "pint-sized" but who had her company execute a combat drop directly on top of the Pocket WarShip in mid-air - a tactic openly described as insane and which cost Kamakura half her company, but which also earned her the Baton of Illustrious Service and a promotion to command the Hussars Third Battalion.
After the Treaty of Tikonov officially ended open conflict between the Capellan Confederation and the Republic of the Sphere the Hussars - like the rest of the Cháng-Chéng - immediately began a campaign of cross-border raids. Encouraged by the CCAF as a means of gauging the readiness of the Republic Armed Forces, these punitive raids increased the Hussars reputation for daring, bravado and short lifespans. The raids only ended when Kan Ai Phyr was killed on Styk by the V Hastati Sentinels while the Hussars were fleeing; his successor, Sang-shao Kamakura, was killed during the Capellan Crusades while leading an ambush against a larger RAF force, although the ambush itself was at least a pyrrhic victory as it prevented scattered Republican forces from uniting and working together.
Kamakura's successor, Sang-shao Antoine Rigal, had his career cut short by a particle cannon; with his death, Sang-shao Ming-Jie Phyr assumed command of the Hussars. Renamed as the First Liao Hussars, the Hussars began launching deep raids in the Capellan March of the Federated Suns in 3144; the Hussars struck as far into the Federated Suns as Talcott, evading the pursuing Kestrel Grenadiers as they looted supply depots and factories alike. The Hussars luck ran out on Amiga when they were cornered at last by the Grenadiers; the Hussars launched a ferocious attack to break through the Grenadiers lines, with the bulk of the command escaping to their DropShips while the Second Battalion remained behind, sacrificing themselves to give the rest of the Hussars the opportunity to escape.
As of 3063 the Commanding Officer was Sang-shao Takei Kamakura. Kamakura continued to command the Hussars until he suffered a crippling heart attack during the New Year celebrations. Left bedridden and infirm, with Zhong-shao Kan Phyr commanding the Hussars until the end of combat operations on Pleione and the death of Kamakura.
The commanding officer of the Hussars in 3144 was Sang-shao Ming-Jie Phyr, fourth in a rapid succession of commanding officers due to combat attrition.
Kamakura's Hussars tend toward straightforward frontal assaults, relying on a charge to disrupt enemy tactics.
- CO: Colonel Nathaniel Hopkins
- 1st Battalion: Major Jurgen Edwards
- 2nd Battalion: Major Kamala Choudary
- CO: Colonel Jeremiah Sagehorn
- 1st Battalion (Regular/Reliable)
- 2nd Battalion (Green/Reliable)
- CO: Sang-shao Takei Kamakura
- 2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao William Torgenson
- 3rd Battalion: Zhong-shao Ashofed Hashremon
- Wing Commander: Kong-zhong-shao Kirsten Mgwayne
Kamakura's Armored Cavalry (1 understrength Regiment/Regular/Reliable)
- Armor Commander: Zhong-shao Alek Skareb
Phyr's Hussars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Zhong-shao Kan Ai Phyr
Mig's Mustangs (2 Flights/Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Kong-zhong-shao Kirsten Mgwayne
Phyr's Armored Cavalry (Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Zhong-shao Alek Skareb
Phyr's Infantry Corps (Battalion/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Sao-shao Daphne Blake
- - The Hussars were based on Shipka at this point in time, and the various elements of the command were operating at between eighty and one hundred percent strength.
Phyr's Hussars (Veteran/Reliable)
- - At this point the Hussars were operating at sixty percent of full strength, although almost all of the unit was using upgraded technology. The Hussars were based on Pella II.
Phyr's Hussars (Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Sang-shao Kan Ai Phyr
Mig's Mustangs (2 Flights/Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Kong-zhong-shao Ebony Saunders
Phyr's Armored Cavalry (Regular/Questionable)
- CO: Zhong-shao Carenza Calicchio
Phyr's Infantry Corps (Battalion/Green/Reliable)
- CO: Sao-shao Osbert Mulvaney
- - At this point in time the Hussars were based on Old Kentucky and were operating at between seventy and ninety percent of full strength.
First Liao Hussars (Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Sang-shao Ming-Jie Phyr
Meryl's Mustants (Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Kong-zhong-shao Aloin Roche
Phyr's Armored Cavalry (Regular/Fanatical)
- CO: Zhong-shao Odolf Löwe
Phyr's Infantry Corps (Veteran/Regular)
- CO: Zhong-shao Karlens Sicotte
- - At this point the Hussars were based on Betelgeuse and were at between sixty and seventy-five percent of full strength.
- While stationed on St. Andre during the Jihad Sang-shao Phyr adopted the habit of wearing a dark green hussar pelisse. The rest of the Hussars went on to adopt the same affectation, and the Strategios tolerated this extravagance until at least 3085 because of the excellent service the Hussars had given - and because of their popularity.
- Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 79, "Kamakura's Hussars Unit Profile"
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 54
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 88
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 25, "Phyr's (Kamakura's) Hussars"
- Field Report: CCAF, p. 13, "Liao Cháng-Chéng"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 30, "Liao Cháng-Chéng"
- Operational Turning Points: Capellan Crusades, p. 4
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 41, "Liao Cháng-Chéng"
- Operational Turning Points: Capellan Crusades, p. 8
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 93, "Kamakura's Hussars"
- 20 Year Update, p. 63, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3050"
- Objective Raids, p. 41, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3054"
- Field Manual: Update, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 34, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
- Field Report: 3145, p. 45, "Sian Commonality"