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299th Division (ComStar)

299th Division IV-lambda
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Battle Smokers
Parent Formation Third Army
Formed Unknown (mid 3030's)

Noted for its actions against Clan Smoke Jaguar during the Battle of Tukayyid, the 299th Division was unwillingly dragged into the FedCom Civil War and ultimately destroyed.

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[edit] History

Prior to the Clan Invasion, the regular ranked 299th Division was known by the nickname of Courtesy Through Words with its headquarters on the Capellan Confederation capital world of Sian.[1]

Along with the rest of the Fifth Army, the Two-Hundred and Ninety-Ninth was assigned to combat Clan Smoke Jaguar during the Battle of Tukayyid and along with the 323rd Division were hidden inside the Dinju Pass, the only path to the Jaguar's Alpha Galaxy target city of Dinju Heights.

Viewing the seemingly undefended pass as too good to be true, the unClanlike caution of Jaguar Grenadiers commander Star Colonel Brandon Howell led him to suspect it was an ambush, sending a probing action to smoke out any hidden Com Guard troops while ordering the rest of his OmniMechs to run along the pass walls at flank speed. While almost completely obliterating the probe force, the 299th could only engage the bulk of the Grenadiers briefly before they raced passed, inflicting heavy losses but unable to prevent a sizable portion of the Jaguar unit making it through.

However when the Sixth Jaguar Dragoons attempted to make their own run, the Two-Hundred and Ninety-Ninth and 323rd Division had emerged from hiding and were crowding the floor of the pass, creating a gauntlet of overwhelming firepower and devastated the Dragoons. With Jaguar Khan Lincoln Osis seemingly killed during this melee and the death of their saKhan Sarah Weaver in the Racice River Delta, ilKhan Ulric Kerensky ordered Clan Smoke Jaguar to retreat from Tukayyid. Viewing this as a Clan Wolf attempt to dishonor them, the Dragoons refused and kept advancing, but the numerical superiority of the 299th and 323rd allowed them to completely overwhelm and destroy the Jaguar unit.[2] [3]

Like many Com Guard Divisions, the 299th chose a new nickname after that climatic battle, calling itself The Battle Smokers, being transferred from Fifth Army to the Third and making its headquarters on the Federated Suns capital of New Avalon. [4] While many Com Guard divisions felt that Victor Steiner-Davion's promotion to role of Precentor Martial damaged ComStar's professed neutrality, the Two-Hundred and Ninety-Ninth was much more vocal than most as their station on New Avalon would ensure that any armed conflict between Katherine Steiner-Davion and her brother would drag them into it. [5]

The 299th's misgivings proved justified when the so-called FedCom Civil War burst into open war. As the pro-Victor Allied forces massed to assault New Avalon, Katherine requested the 299th aid her defense as the lawful ruler of the world. Feeling betrayed by Victor Steiner-Davion's hollow promises of staying out of any conflict and interrupting Precentor Gavin Dow's orders for Com Guard Divisions to assist in defending any world on which they were stationed against outside invasion, the Two-Hundred and Ninety-Ninth agreed. [6]

Field Marshal Jackson Davion assigned a Level III from the 299th to bolster the Loyalist forces unsuccessful attempt to keep Ardan Sortek's newly landed units from linking up with Tancred Sandoval's force. After Victor and the main Allied force landed, the bulk of the 299th was assigned to defend Avalon City. Initially decimating the 1st NAIS Cadre with heavy artillery barrages, after the 22nd Avalon Hussars retreated the Allies tore into the flanks of the 19th Arcturan Guards and the 299th, destroying both units. [7]

While harboring a strong dislike for Victor, thanks to the phrasing of their intention to aid in the defense of New Avalon instead of siding with Katherine, the 299th was spared the outright disgrace and excommunication ComStar meted out to the 244th Division. [8] Because of the heavy losses suffered by the division, it was decided to disband rather than rebuild 299th, with those survivors choosing to remain with the Com Guard transferred into their companion unit from Tukayyid, the 323rd Division. [9]

[edit] Officers

As of 3066 the Two-Hundred and Ninety-Ninth was commanded by Demi-Precentor Peter Fedt. The unit's CO since before the Clan Invasion, [1] Precentor Fedt commanded the 299th successful ambush of Smoke Jaguars on Tukayyid but the formalization of the Demi-Precentor rank led technical demotion. [4] Openly critical of Victor, his fears proved correct and his division was dragged into the FedCom Civil War. [5] [8] [9]

[edit] Composition History

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[edit] Notes

  • The insignia of the Two-Hundred and Ninety-Ninth Division shows the black silhouette of a Raijin standing infront a stylized gray cloud. [5]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 20-Year Update, pg. 70 "5th V-xi"
  2. Tukayyid, pp. 29, 35 "Campaign: Clan Smoke Jaguar"
  3. Invading Clans, p. 61, "Tukayyid: The Crucible"
  4. 4.0 4.1 ComStar, p. 85, "3rd Army V-lambda"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Field Manual: ComStar, pp. 24-25, "3rd Army V-lambda: The Emerald Falconeers"
  6. FedCom Civil War, p. 168, "Wave Seven - New Avalon"
  7. FedCom Civil War, p. 170-171, "Wave Seven - New Avalon"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 83, "ComStar - Overview"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 85, "3rd Army V-Lambda (The Emerald Falconeers)"

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