23rd Arcturan Guards

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Twenty-third Arcturan Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Frost Giants
Parent Formation Arcturan Guards
Formed

History[edit]

After the Clan invasion, the Twenty-third fell victim to lapses of the Lyran bureaucracy several times. During the Clan Invasion the unit was stationed on Carse. They received orders to return to Coventry for training, and after confirming the orders they left behind a quarter of their force until the new garrison unit arrived. The new garrison unit was the 10th Donegal Guards, who had been destroyed earlier in the Clan invasion. This left the detachment of the Twenty-third on Carse in a poor position when Clan Wolf's Red Keshik, 11th Wolf Guards, and 37th Striker Cluster arrived. The Guards were either destroyed or taken as bondsmen. The rest of the unit was assigned to A Place and instructed to raid the Wolf and Jade Falcon occupation zones.[1]

The bureaucratic error that resulted in the Twenty-third's rotation off Carse was repeated in some smaller scale incidents, which pushed the officers of the regiment into a pro-Victor Steiner-Davion stance.[1]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

Actions during Operation Scatter[edit]

As part of Victor Steiner-Davion's plan to overload LAAF ability to respond, the 23rd Arcturans were assigned to Operation Scatter's planned raids from allied controlled Arc-Royal Defense Cordon. The RCT struck three lightly defended worlds; Aristotle, Gallery, and Thuban with lightning swift raids.

While on Gallery, they struck a nerve with the House Steiner's General of the Armies and acting regent of Lyran Alliance, Nondi Steiner. They struck her estate on Gallery directly, which prompted her, unknown to them, to have 11th Arcturan Guards to "neutralize" them.

On Thuban, the unit had finished its operations and begun to move out when the 11th Arcturan hit one of their combined arms battalions left behind for repairs. The battalions in midst of repairs were destroyed, and setup final confrontation between it sister unit, which turn in to a bloody affair on slopes of Scorpiuus Mons it and its sister unit inflicted considerable amount damage on one another.[2]

Tikonov[edit]

The 23rd Arcturans managed to hookup with Victor Steiner-Davion's main task force on route to Tikonov. They arrived on planet in November of 3064. They then helped fight loyalist on planet with Victor's task force. However, the allies suffered series losses from December onward due to Victor being struck with news of the loss of his lover, Omi Kurita. The Twenty-third fought several Capellan Confederation sponsored units on Tikonov, and in 3067 the warriors of Warrior House Dai Da Chi arrived.[3]

Victor decided to attempt to keeping Tikonov from becoming a possible mass grave decided to pull out, bringing the 23rd Arcturans along with Outland Legion & ex-ComGuard 244th ComGuard Division with him.[citation needed]

The Twenty-third Arcturan Guards later joined the final assault on New Avalon, but sustained heavy losses during the fight to liberate New Brunswick. The survivors were withdrawn to rebuild.[4] After the FedCom Civil War ended, they were stationed on Graus to rebuild.[5]

The Jihad[edit]

Like the other surviving members of the Arcturan Guards, the 23rd formed a part of the Lyran Alliance contribution to Operation SCOUR. Before deploying on the extensive campaign, the 23rd's numbers were bolstered when the remaining elements of the 20th Arcturan Guards who had managed to survive the Word of Blake counterattack at the Ruins of Gabriel were assigned to the 23rd as casualty replacements. This was a boon to the 23rd, who had been doing sterling service as a rapid-response force and who had been constantly undermanned throughout the Jihad. Battling through the Word of Blake Protectorate, the 23rd went on to take part in the assault on Terra, landing as a part of the group responsible for taking Tokyo.[6] The 23rd proved themselves instrumental in the Tokyo campaign, breaching the Castle Brian and destroying a full Level II of Blakist forces as the allied forces moved to take advantage of the breach.[7]

Post-Jihad Era[edit]

In the wake of SCOUR and the liberation of Terra, the 23rd was the first of the Arcturan Guards units to be rotated back through Arcturus from their combat postings. The 23rd had high hopes of leaving Arcturus as a full-strength RCT, but instead found themselves being rebuilt as one of the new Light Combat Teams before being dispatched to fight on the border between the Lyran Alliance and the Duchy of Tamarind. After a number of clashes with Tamarind units the morale of this elite unit began to suffer, particularly within the ranks of the MechWarriors.[8]

The Twenty-third was stationed on Furillo for most of the early 32nd century. They dealt with several raids, but didn't face any serious opposition. In January 3145 they gathered at Canonbie for Operation JOTUNHEIM with other LCAF units. The task force dropped on Hesperus II between the forces of Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf. The combined task force drove the Clans off Hesperus II. The Twenty-third has remained on Hesperus, rebuilding from battlefield salvage and the output from Defiance Industries.[9]

Officers[edit]

As of 3050 to 3062, the commanding officer was Hauptmann General Nadine Killson, she promoted later to the rank of an Major General.[10][11][1]

As of 3067 to 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Candace Silbar, the promoted later to an Hauptmann General[5][12]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Leutnant-General Carolyn Phillips.[13]

Tactics[edit]

The command can fight under condition (Cold weather as example) where other give up or simply surrender to the environment.[1]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards (Veteran/Reliable)[14]

3040[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[15]

3050-3054[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[10][11]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Nadine Killson

3062[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Major General Nadine Killson

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[1]

  • CO: Commodore: Karl Markus Goessel
    • 51st Attack Wing
    • 112th Marine Air Wing

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

  • Aide: Major Ling Mortellaro
  • 217th Alliance Panzer Regiment: Colonel Rory LePine
  • 700th Arcturan Combat Auxiliary Regiment: Colonel Colin Nissenbaum
  • 474th Arcturan Artillery Battalion: Leftenant General Edna Bins

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards Infantry Brigade (4 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Major General Siddig Lev-Er
  • 35th Eaton Infantry Regiment: Colonel Absalom Dirksen
  • 242nd Bolan Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel: Jeb Krueger
  • 601st Federation Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel: Saille Anteau
  • 1st A Place Volunteers Regiment: Leftenant General: Angel Lex

3067[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Elite/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Candace Silbar

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings/Veteran/Reliable)[5]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Colonel Colin Nissenbaum

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards Infantry Brigade (4 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Colonel Saille Anteau

3079[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Elite/Reliable)[7]

  • At this point, the 23rd was at 30% of full strength, although 85% of the 23rd's equipment utilised advanced technology.

3085[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards LCT (Elite/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Hauptmann-General Candace Silbar

Twenty-third Arcturan Aerospace (Elite/Reliable)[12]

Twenty-third Arcturan Armor Brigade (Veteran/Fanatical)[12]

  • CO: Colonel Ellar Antoniou

Twenty-third Arcturan Infantry Brigade (Elite/Reliable)

  • CO: Colonel Conri Lacey

3145[edit]

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Carolyn Phillips

Twenty-third Arcturan Aerospace (Veteran/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Kommandant Adam Cooper

Twenty-third Arcturan Armor Brigade (Regular/Fanatical)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Shirley Bryant

Twenty-third Arcturan Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Janet Powell

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 60, "23rd Arcturan Guards Unit Profile"
  2. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook) p. 104, "Operation Scatter" - 11th Arcturan under the command of Linda McDonald is sent hunt down the 23rd Arcturans Guards.
  3. Field Manual: Updates, p. 19
  4. Field Manual: Updates, p. 168
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Field Manual: Updates, pp. 177-178, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  7. 7.0 7.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 10, "Arcturan Guards"
  8. Field Manual: 3085, p. 102, "Lyran Regulars"
  9. Field Manual: 3145, p. 125
  10. 10.0 10.1 20 Year Update, p. 26, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Objective Raids, p. 22, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Donegal Province"
  14. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118
  15. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137

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