1st Proserpina Hussars

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1st Proserpina Hussars BattleMech Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname Blood Suckers
Parent Formation Proserpina Hussars
Formed pre-2319[1]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The First Proserpina Hussars were one of the first units formed by Shiro Kurita. They actually pre-date the formation of the Draconis Combine, serving under Shiro as he conquered Benjamin and other important colony worlds. Originally an armor unit, the First Proserpina Hussars were equipped with BattleMechs when they joined the DCMS. Their early experience with planetary assaults continued, being well-suited to the Hussars. They were used to assault many systems that fell under the Dragon’s wings, rarely staying in place for longer than a month. Prior to the War of Davion Succession, the First Proserpina Hussars had their own JumpShips and even two WarShips (DCS Iwate and DCS Wakayama) assigned to support their operations.

The War of Davion Succession marked a turning point for the Hussars, however. The DCMS positioned the Hussars as defending forces and split them into battalion sized groups. The fighting on Junction, Proserpina, and Klathandu IV inflicted heavy losses on the Hussars as they had to trade their interstellar mobility for defensive fortifications. At the same time, the DCMS High Command reassigned the WarShips and several JumpShips the Hussars used for surveillance, leaving them vulnerable to AFFS strikes. The losses the Hussars suffered were still being rebuilt in 2750.[2]

Star League Era[edit]

During the Star League era the First Proserpina Hussars served as rapid-reaction units, constantly on the move - often staying on a planet for little more than a month or two before moving on. The various Hussar regiments including the First made a point of regularly challenging Star League Defense Force units to training exercises, and while the balance of victories lay with the SLDF, the Hussars always represented a challenge and won a surprising number of victories. Unfortunately, the very mobility that was a hallmark of the Hussars was also a disadvantage when it came to ensuring that they were kept adequately supplied, as demands for spares and materiel could take months to catch up do the demanding unit - as could new and replacement personnel.[3]

In common with the other regiments of the Hussars, the soldiers of the First were cocnerned primarily with being the best soldiers they could be; the average member of the First viewed politics as distasteful, and the high level of confidence each had in their own abilities could lead to the Hussars fighting on past the point at which they should retreat, and taking heavier casualties as a result.[3]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Hussars found themselves on the front lines when Shirotori was attacked as part of the final wave of attacks launched during Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in Late 3028, with the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces deploying the Third Donegal Guards to capture the planet.[4] The battle had bogged down, and Shirotori was still contested when the lull between operations began in early 3029.[5]

The Third managed to secure the bulk of the countryside on Shiotori, but the Hussars - a four-battalion regiment commanded by Tai-sa Mashaka Hirohito - retained control of the three major cities on Shirotori, and used a combination of the hit-and-run attacks for which they were famed and superior reconnaissance to dog the Third, constantly disrupting attempts to muster attacks against the dispersed Hussar battalions before breaking contact before the Third could concentrate forces against them. If the Hussars had mustered their superior numbers together, they might well have driven the Third off Shirotori; as it was, when the lull between operations approached in early 3029, the commanding officer of the Third, Colonel Walter Lestrade, requested reinforcements from the LCAF.[6]

Lestrade was recealled to the Commonwealth in February, and in March he was replaced as commanding officer of the Third by Colonel James Lancelot Hipper. The news that the LCAF wasn't sending reinforcements to Shirotori was unwelcome, particularly coupled with the change in commander partway through an operation, but Hipper proved to be a tactical savant. Exploiting information obtained from a captured DCMS courier, Hipper devised and executed a headhunter operation that saw Hirohita and half of his senior command staff killed in their bunker within the city of Meijer. Two days later the Third had captured Meijer, and five days after the death of Hirohito the Third has also captured Brusk, the leaving Massona as the only major city still under the control of the Hussars. A week later the Hussars retreated from Shirotori, leaving the planet in Lyran hands.[6]

Ronin Wars[edit]

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War of 3039[edit]

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Clan Invasion[edit]

The First Proserpina Hussars had a series of successes against the Smoke Jaguars. On Port Arthur, they managed to maneuver the Clan into a field of automated defense weaponry, inflicting heavy casualties, but were eventually forced to abandon the planet. After rebuilding, the First pulled off a series of raids against front-line Jaguar units. In 3057, a combined raid by the First and Third netted the unit an entire trinary of Clan OmniMechs as salvage.[7] As of 3059, the First was stationed on Yumesta.[8]

Operation Bulldog[edit]

The First Proserpina Hussars were eager to fight the Smoke Jaguars, but the commanders assigned them to attack worlds held by Clan Nova Cat instead. They faced a hard fight on Kanowit, but took Mualang by winning a round of miniature golf.[9] This obviously minimized further losses. They also took Yamarovka.[10]

Dominion War[edit]

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Federated Suns Incursion[edit]

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Jihad[edit]

During the Jihad the First Proserpina Hussars declared their support for the Black Dragon Society. They joined forces with the 15th Dieron Regulars, and took several planets in the Xinyang Prefecture. The 5th Sword of Light destroyed them on Baruun Urt around 3075. In response to the treachery espoused by the First, the Combine struck the regiment from DCMS rolls.[11]

Officers[edit]

Tactics[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

As a regiment within the Proserpina Hussars, the First was trained to fight in a fast, hard-hitting style, based on a well-rounded approach to combined-arms warfare, which was further reinforced by the large number of officers within the regiment trained at either the Sun Tzu School of Combat or the University of Proserpina. To prove themselves capable of serving in the Hussars, and officer or soldier could be tested by the Commanding Officer of each regiment in multi-day exercises during which those tested would have to demonstrate their ability to cope with highly-fluid and mobile combat situations.[3]

Clan Invasion[edit]

The First Proserpina excels at hit-and-run tactics, especially in open field engagements. Since the regiment is reinforced, the Fourth battalion is held in reserve and used to surprise the enemy as unexpected reinforcements.[7]

Composition History[edit]

2750[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Reinforced Regiment)[2]

2765[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Elite/Fanatical)[3]

- At this point in time the First was based on Proserpina and was supported by a single aerospace fighter wing, two jump infantry regiments equipped with lasers and SRMs and two hovertank regiments.[3]

2786[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Elite/Fanatical)[14]

- At this point in time the First was a medium-weight regiment stationed on Proserpina and was operating at full strength.[14]

2821[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Elite/Fanatical)[14]

- At this point in time the First was a medium-weight regiment stationed on Paris and had been reduced to below half-strength.[14]

2830[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Elite/Fanatical)[15]

- At this point in time the First was a heavy-weight regiment stationed on Paris and had rebuilt to just below three-quarters of full strength.[15]

2864[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Veteran/Fanatical)[15]

- At this point in time the First was an assault-weightthirdquarter of full strength.[15]

3025[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Reinforced Regiment/Veteran)[16][17]

3040[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[18]

3050[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Tai-sa Jeong Moon Lee

3054[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (2 Battalions/Veteran/Reliable) [20]

3059[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Reinforced Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • CO/1st Battalion: Tai-sa Alexander Minowa
    • XO: Tai-sa Talon Cherynkov
  • 2nd Battalion: Chu-sa LaRon Kohlmann
  • 3rd Battalion: Chu-sa Denise Larsen
  • 4th Battalion: Chu-sa Therese Ahiromassu

- The unit fields 36 OmniMechs, many with captured Clan technology.

Fifty-first Benjamin Aerospace (Wing/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • Wing Commander: Sho-sa Liu Kang

The Blackhearts (Two Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[7]

  • Armor Commander: Chu-sa Kyle Black

- The medium command fight on their own when no other support is in range.

Proserpina Fast Motor Infantry (1 Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • Troop Commander: Tai-sa Obuho Natomi

3067[edit]

First Proserpina Hussars (Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Ta-sa Alexander Minowa[21]

Fifty-first Benjamin Aerospace Wing (Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • Wing Commander: Sho-sa Liu Kang[21]

The Blackhearts (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[21]

  • Armor Commander: Chu-sa Kyle Black[21]

Prosperina Fast Motor Infantry (Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • Tai-sa Obuho Natomi[21]

References[edit]

  1. Era Report 2750 p.43
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Era Report: 2750, p. 43
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Field Report 2765: DCMS, p. 12, "Proserpina Hussars"
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 44-45, "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 61, "Trellshire and Tamar Theaters"
  6. 6.0 6.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 64, "Liezen"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 108, "1st Proserpina Hussars Profile"
  8. Field Manual: Draconis Combine p. 134, "Draconis Combine Deployment Table"
  9. Field Manual: Updates, p. 113
  10. The Dragon Roars, p. 10
  11. Field Report: DCMS, p. 18
  12. 20 Year Update, p. 41
  13. Field Manual: Updates, p. 117
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 First Succession War, p. 137, "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Second Succession War, p. 97, "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (DCMS)"
  16. MechWarrior, First Edition, p. 123
  17. House Kurita Sourcebook, p. 146
  18. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 139
  19. 20 Year Update, p.41
  20. Objective Raids, p.27
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 Field Manual: Updates, p. 117, "Xinyang Prefecture"

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