2nd Fusiliers of Oriente
|Second Fusiliers of Oriente|
|Unit Profile (as of 3085)|
|Nickname||The Golden Phoenix|
|Parent Formation||Fusiliers of Oriente|
- 1 History
- 1.1 Formation
- 1.2 Reunification War
- 1.3 Star League Era
- 1.4 Anton’s Revolt
- 1.5 Fourth Succession War
- 1.6 Andurien Secession
- 1.7 Operation Guerrero and Operation Bulldog
- 1.8 Jihad and Destruction
- 2 Officers
- 3 Tactics
- 4 Composition History
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 Bibliography
The Second Fusiliers of Oriente were formed in 2485 by the Duchy of Oriente. From the time of their formation through 3025 they formed the core of the Free Worlds League's defenses against Capellan Confederation aggression.
By the time of the Reunification War, the 2nd Fusiliers and their sister regiments had become known as brigades, although they still operated at regiment strength; as a result, records of their deeds during the various campaigns of the war record the 2nd Fusiliers as the 2nd Fusiliers of Oriente Brigade. The 2nd Fusiliers served in two different major campaigns during the war, acting first as a part of the 1st Marik Auxiliary Corps commanded by General Ian Marik as a part of the SLDF Task Force Canopus, before being redeployed as a core part of the 2nd Marik Auxiliary Corps commanded by General Duke Narinder Selaj as a part of the SLDF Task Force Mailed Fist; as a result, the 2nd Fusiliers saw extensive service in the campaigns against both the Magistracy of Canopus and the Rim Worlds Republic.
At the end of the military build-up prior to the official declaration of war between the Star League and the Magistracy, the 2nd Fusiliers were stationed on the Free Worlds League border world of Rohinjan alongside the 1st and 3rd Marik Militia. During the first wave of attacks the 2nd Fusiliers were selected alongside the 3rd Marik Militia to deploy in support of the 57th Brigade for the invasion of Restitution. The SLDF task force would continue to deploy the 2nd Fusiliers and the 3rd Marik Militia together throughout the campaign against the Magistracy until the 2nd Fusiliers were redeployed to the Rim Worlds Republic theatre.
Restitution was famous for its media industry - particularly the producers of dubious pornography and low-brow dramas. Restitution's media industry had given the planet experts in communications, data delivery and image and video manipulation and a planetary communications network as advanced as any in the Inner Sphere. The attack on Restitution was expected to be a tough fight; intelligence showed that the defending garrison consisted of the 3rd Canopian Light Horse, one of the elite Chasseurs á Cheval regiments, and that the capital city of Magdeburg had been surrounded by massive prepared defences, augmenting the benefits of its location atop a narrow bluff.
The 57th Brigade were allocated the majority of the AeroSpace assets from the 58th Brigade to assist them in achieving air superiority over Magdeburg so allow for the 57th to make a direct assault on the city, bypassing the bulk of the prepared defenses. The plan was a complete success - in large part due to the fact that only token resistance was offered; the 57th secured the city, only to discover that there was no sign of the 3rd Canopian Light Horse. While the SLDF had been preparing to conquer Restitution, the planetary defenders had redeployed and would appear two weeks later in the Cranston system, bloodying the 58th Brigade badly.
The capture of Ruschegg in 2578 was relatively easy for the 2nd Fusiliers and the other units involved; 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 Marion Marik. The defenders of Ruschegg effectively offered no resistance to the SLDF landings, although it would have been difficult for any local militia to contest an invasion which saw the SLDF 58th Brigade deploy alongside the 62nd Royal Brigade, the 1st and 3rd Marik Militia and the 1st and 2nd Fusiliers of Oriente Brigades. Within a very short period of time the planetary leader of Ruschegg had not only surrendered but was actively petitioning for Ruschegg to be admitted into the Free Worlds League. The relatively peaceful capture and annexation of Ruschegg, Payvand and Scheuerheck was an important moral victory for the Free Worlds League, one that the Captain-General's allies in the Parliament used extensively against opponents of the Star League.
Following the campaign for Ruschegg the 2nd Fusileirs supported the 58th Brigade in their next campaign, the battle for Aspropirgos. The Magistracy Armed Forces 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. Aspropirgos was one of these worlds targetted during this relatively fallow period of operations, and the combined forces of the 58th Brigade, the 2nd Fusiliers and the 3rd Marik Militia clashed with Aspropirgos' defencers, the 1st Canopian Fusiliers and the 2nd Canopian Grenadiers. In what would be the standard pattern of warfare for the MAF when defending worlds during 2580-2581, the two Canopian regiments did their best to sting the invaders before retreating ahead of any effective retaliation, saving their strength for later battles.
The battle for Aspropirgos was the last fought in the Canopian campaign by the 2nd Fusiliers; in 2581 the Fusiliers were redeployed along with the 1st Fusiliers to form a part of the 2nd Marik Auxiliary Corps as the campaign against the Rim Worlds Republic began.
Operation MAILED FIST
The Second Fusiliers were one of six regiments chosen to serve in the 2nd Marik Auxiliary Corps formed in 2581 to support the Star League Defense Force when the Star League decided to intervene in the civil war that had been raging inside the Rim Worlds Republic since 2575.
The 2nd Marik Auxiliary Corps incorporated the Second Fusiliers along with their sister brigade, the First Fusiliers, as well as the Second and Sixth Marik Militias, the Second Regulan Hussars and the Second Defenders of Andurien. The 2nd Marik Auxiliary Corps was one of a number of Corps that made up Task Force MAILED FIST, the military component of Operation MAILED FIST, the Star League operation within the Rim Worlds Republic between 2581 and 2596.
The Second Fusiliers spent the bulk of Operation MAILED FIST operating alongside the Defenders of Andurien and the Regulan Hussars. Together, the three regiments would fight campaigns on Urjala in 2583, Kitopler in 2586, New India in 2587, Slewis in 2590 and Toland in 2593. The Defenders of Andurien and the Regulan Hussars went on to fight on Apollo in 2596, but the Fusiliers remained on Toland.
The campaign to secure Urjala saw the Second Fusiliers fighting against the same battalion from the Fourth Amaris Fusiliers that had successfully conducted a very damaging raid on at the main spaceport facility on Alarion in 2581, and while the Free worlds League forces quickly crushed the Amaris Fusiliers they rapidly found themselves experiencing similar problems to Task Force MAILED FIST units on other worlds - they lacked the numbers to exercise sufficient control over the ground, and as a result found their hold on Urjala slipping away in the face of a rebellious population. Eventually, a portion of the garrison on the nearby world of Bolan was dispatched to Urjala to help secure the Star League grip on the world, but the Second Fusiliers would remain on Urjala for another two years.
The Second Fusiliers fought the Fourth Amaris Fusiliers for a second time on New India, which was the garrison posting of the other half of the Fourth; in contrast to many of the other planetary campaigns being fought at the time, the fight on New India was actually a stand-up fight, with the Fourth Amaris Fusiliers fighting hard and selling themselves dearly, but without resorting to the more desperate or savage guerrilla and resistance tactics the SLDF was facing on other worlds.
In contrast with the difficult occupation of Urjala and the fierce battle for New India, the campaign for Slewis was remarkably easy; an agricultural world with a large timber industry, Slewis was targeted by the Fusiliers, Defenders of Andurien and Regulan Hussars in May 2590 and was the last world in the Timbuktu Province to be captured, but the occupation consisted largely of the leaders of Slewis calmly acknowledging the arrival of the Free Worlds League forces before simply continuing their farming and logging operations.
The Second Fusiliers and their companion units from the 2nd Marik Auxiliary Corps operated largely independently of the other units within Task Force MAILED FIST; the only exception to this was the campaign to secure Toland, where they fought alongside the SLDF Eighteenth Division against the local militia forces.
Star League Era
All of the Fusiliers of Oriente were placed under direct control of the Duchy of Oriente following the Star League Council Edict of 2650 - a measure taken by Captain-General Ward Marik at the recommendation of the Dormuth Council to have the Fusiliers and the other military units provided by the various provinces of the Free Worlds League count as private military forces, rather than as federal military forces, and thereby exempting them from an otherwise mandatory drawdown under the terms of the Council Edict. As a result of Ward Marik's direction the bulk of the funding for the Fusiliers had to be provided by the Duchy, but the Fusiliers also gained the best equipment that the Duchy could buy as well as the best recruits from the Princefield Military Academy. Despite the change in the chain of command, the Fusiliers and Oriente remained highly loyal to the Captain-General, and the Fusiliers were the only provincial forces to accept orders from a sitting Captain-General between the passing of the Council Edict and its repeal a century later.
Despite the changes brought on by the Council Edict the Second and the other brigades and regiments of the Fusiliers continued to demand - and maintain - only the best standards from their personnel, and every year the Fusiliers continued to earn more commendations and service medals than any other Free Worlds League formation while maintaining the high level of operational readiness that the Grand Duke demanded of them. Whilst detractors of the Fusiliers argued that the Grand Duke was too liberal in handing out awards to his forces, the sniping was baseless; every award was earned through merit.
In 2762 elements of the Second Brigade of the Fusiliers of Oriente were training with the First Orloff Grenadiers on New Delos when they discovered a pirate raid. The Second Fusiliers attempted to engage the pirate force, which Grand Duke Cedro Allison of the Duchy of Oriente believed to be under Maskirovka direction, when elements of the SLDF 131st BattleMech Division intervened and engaged the pirates directly. The SLDF forces - which were from the 1333rd Brigade - ended up having to surround the Second Fusiliers and order them to stand down after frustrated elements within the Fusiliers fired warning shots on the lead BattleMech company from the 1333rd.
The news that battlefield control had been removed from Major Mykonos of the Fusiliers by the 131st on the grounds that the pirate raid was Star League business, rather than internal Free Worlds League business, infuriated the Grand Duke, in part because of the SLDF refusing to intervene in the earlier Marik Civil War on the grounds that the Civil War was internal FWL business.
The Second Fusiliers landed on Calloway VI with the First, Second, and Sixth Oriente Hussars, as well as the 6th Defenders of Andurien. There they stopped Wolf's Dragoons Beta Regiment cold. The Dragoons were reinforced by Gamma Regiment, but the Second Fusiliers were able to maintain pressure on the rebel forces. Eventually the 12th Atrean Dragoons and 3rd Ducal Guard, both rebel units, were destroyed. The Dragoons also suffered serious losses. This success came at a high price however: When the fighting on Calloway ended the Second Fusiliers had lost approximately a quarter of their forces.
Later, the weakened Second Fusiliers tried to raid Emris IV, but Wolf's Dragoons Delta and Epsilon Regiment drove them off-world with heavy losses. This ill-advised attack reduced the Second Fusiliers to approximately 40% of their base combat strength.
The Second Brigade took so much damage during Anton Marik's Revolt that two damaged Oriente Hussars regiments were merged into it to speed recovery. This merger triggered a feud with the Ducal Guard that lasted well into the mid-3050s.
Fourth Succession War
The Second Fusiliers remained off the front lines until the last part of the war. The Second was part of the first wave of FWLM forces that attacked Andurien. Arriving via pirate point, the Second Fusiliers avoided contact with the defenders, reinforcing the 1st Free Worlds Guards once they had landed. Shortly thereafter they reinforced the 1st Marik Militia and contained a breakout attempt by the 1st Defenders of Andurien. Their greatest action, however, came when they attacked the city of Jojoken alongside the First Fusiliers of Oriente. The Second Fusiliers pinned the defending 5th Defenders of Andurien in place while the First Fusiliers flanked them and struck the 5th Defenders from the rear. The two Fusilier units then ground the Defenders between them, leaving few survivors. This action cost the Fusiliers about 40% of their forces.
In 3048 the Second Fusiliers raided the Gienah Combat Vehicles plant on Gienah, taking plans and armored vehicles, while the 3rd Free Worlds Legionnaires focused on attacking the planet's defenders.
Operation Guerrero and Operation Bulldog
Jihad and Destruction
After a series of strikes in 3067 into the Abbey District, Colonel Angstead requested permission to strike at the Circinus Federation, who he believed sponsored the attacks. To defend more of the Abbey District the Second Battalion was deployed in smaller units across a half-dozen worlds.
The 2nd Fusiliers were stationed on the Duchy of Oriente world of Jouques in March 3079 when a Blakist task force hit several Oriente worlds in quick succession. The two Word of Blake divisions that struck at Jouques attacked and overwhelmed the defending 2nd Fusiliers of Oriente, destroying the Fusiliers before plundering the garrison for supplies; the Divisions then detonated three nuclear devices against major population centres nearby to cover their retreat. As at 3081, the 2nd Fusiliers had not been rebuilt.
In 3025 the Second was commanded by Colonel Ricardo Fuentes, a former mercenary who was disliked by most of his fellow regimental commanders. As of 3050 to 3059 the commanding officer was Colonel Donald Angstead. He was still in command in 3067.
The 2nd Brigade is highly skilled in operations in mountain terrain, but has almost no experience fighting in urban environments.
Second Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)
Second Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Ricardo Fuentes
Second Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Donald Angstead
- CO/1st Battalion: Colonel Donald Angstead
- XO: Force Commander Josef Gamal
- Second Battalion: Force Commander Laurence Anderton
- Third Battalion: Force Commander Ruth Slight
- The Regiment is upgraded with field-modification kits
- Wing Commander: Commander Nyen Chen
- Heavy air wing
Ninth Maxwell Alpini (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)
- Troop Commander: Lt. Colonel Elise Walker
- A mountain troop regiment
Third Maxwell Airmobile (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)
- Troop Commander: Lt. Colonel Thomas Lakes
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 95
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 95, "SLDF Task Force Canopus"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 129, "SLDF Task Force Mailed Fist"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 148, "Magistracy Of Canopus Front (Jump-Off - 2582)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 152, "Rim Worlds Republic Front (Jump-Off - 2587)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 153, "Rim Worlds Republic Front (Jump-Off - 2596)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 97-98, "Restitution and Cranston (October-November 2577)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 100, "Ruschegg, Payvand and Scheuerheck (August-October 2577)"
- 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)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 131, "False Starts (2579-81)
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 134, "Helbrent to Nightwish (July 2582 - November 2584)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 132-33, "Alarion (December 2581)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 135, "Arlina to Viborg (December 2584 - September 2588)"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 136, "Illium to Barcelona (March 2589 - August 2591)"
- Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 4, "Circumventing Directive 30"
- Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 14, "Fusiliers of Oriente"
- Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 5, "Internal Matters"
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 29
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 36
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 31
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 38
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 76, "2nd Fusiliers of Oriente Unit Profile"
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 80
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 81
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 82
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 82
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 151
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 19, "Blakist Raids Savage Duchy Of Oriente"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 69, "The Jihad In Review"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 75, "Heroes Of A Shattered House"
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 96
- 20 Year Update, p. 56, "FWLM Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 161
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 108, "FWLM Deployment Table"
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 96