2nd Division (ComStar)

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2nd Division
Unit Profile (as of 3066)
Nickname The Falconeers
Parent Formation 3rd Army
Formed Unknown

The ComGuard Second Division is one of the most elite units among the ComStar military forces, having fought against Clan Steel Viper during the Battle of Tukayyid and serving as ComStar's ground force contribution to Task Force Serpent.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

One of the earliest Com Guard divisions, the 2nd was a relatively unknown quantity before the Clan Invasion, being known prior to Tukayyid by the nickname of the ComStar Angels. Wolfnet uncovered that the then green unit was assigned to the 3rd Army and headquartered on Peabody. [1]

===Clan Invasion As part of the 3rd Army, the 2nd faced multiple Clans during the Battle of Tukayyid, primarily fighting against Clan Steel Viper. [2] Like many surviving divisions, the now tempered and elite 2nd chose a new nickname based on their experiences, The Falconeers, remaining with the 3rd Army while moving its headquarters to Epsilon Indi. [3]

Task Force Serpent[edit]

One of the most elite units in the Com Guard, the 2nd Division was Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht's first choice to assign to Task Force Serpent. While impractical to transport the entire division, Focht sent the bulk of the 2nd's BattleMech and Combat Vehicle sections, the Living Word, Hidden Hand and Dark Regret, to Huntress. [2] [4][5]

During the initial assault on Huntress, the 2nd Division was assigned the relatively easy task of capturing the Mount Szabo command post that was partially crippled by the DEST force assigned to Serpent, with portions of the 2nd then attached to assist in the hellish fighting between the 1st Knights of the Inner Sphere and Kingston's Legionnaires and a sizable force of then previously unknown ProtoMechs. [6]

During the Smoke Jaguar counter-assault, General Ariana Winston assigned the 2nd Division to the northern army tasked with protecting the Smoke Jaguar genetics repository and Mount Szabo, two sites sacred to the Jaguars, alongside the Eridani Light Horse and 2nd St. Ives Lancers. After facing and repulsing the Clan's initial challenge, the 2nd was assigned to defend or destroy the capital Lootera's spaceport, bearing the brunt of the Jaguar assault and slowly being pushed back. [7] Along with the rest of the northern army, the 2nd was pressed back into the Jaguar's Fang mountains, suffering heavy losses until the Victor Steiner-Davion led relief force arrived to carry the day. [8]

Like all members of Task Force Serpent, the 2nd suffered extremely heavy losses on Huntress. Of the eighty 2nd Division BattleMechs assigned to Serpent, only seventeen returned, with even worse losses among the AeroSpace Fighter, combat vehicle and infantry sections. Each of the 2nd Division's forty-two survivors received the highest possible Com Guard decorations from Precentor Martial Focht, making the 2nd the most decorated unit in the Guard. [2]

Unlike other elements of the 3rd Army, the 2nd Division remained steadfastly loyal when Victor Steiner-Davion accepted the post of Precentor Martial, due in part because of their shared history on Huntress, and finally returned to full strength in 3066. [9]

While stationed on Epsilon Indi in 3067, elements of the 2nd attacked the independantly contracted mercenary unit Tooth of Ymir. They destroyed four companies of the merc unit, until Ymir's commanding officer sent scathing interrogative messages to Precentor Regis Grandi. Grandi denied authorizing the attacks, and halted the assaults on the mercenary unit.[10] The Second Division contracted Arc-Royal based repair group Skibinski's Salvage to rebuild the nearly destroyed command.[11]

Officers[edit]

Composition history[edit]

The 2nd Division consists of a fairly even mix of BattleMechs, AeroSpace Fighters, combat vehicles and infantry.

Notes[edit]

  • The insignia of the 2nd Division is a simple white disc inscribed with the word Remember.

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References[edit]

  1. 20-Year Update, p. 70
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Field Manual: ComStar, p. 25
  3. ComStar (sourcebook), p. 84
  4. Twilight of the Clans, p. 44
  5. The Hunters, p. 114
  6. Twilight of the Clans, p. 10, 25
  7. Twilight of the Clans, p. 12, 35
  8. Twilight of the Clans, p. 13
  9. Field Manual: Updates, p. 85
  10. Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 113 - "Possible WoB ROM tricks 2nd Division to attack Tooth of Ymir".
  11. Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 107 - "2nd Division contracts Skibinski's Salvage to rebuild the Tooth of Ymir".
  12. Sword and Fire, p. 60

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