2nd Lyran Guards Division
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|Second Lyran Guards Division|
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Parent Formation||Lyran Guards|
Star League Era
The origin of the Second Lyran Guards Division and its assorted sister divisions lay in the sheer size of the Lyran Guards brigade. The largest brigade within the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces during the Star League era - and possibly the Age of War and the early Succession Wars - the Lyran Guards was the only brigade to have a series of permanently-staffed headquarters established between the regimental and brigade levels. The original divisional structure called for each division to be responsible for ten regiments, but this practise came to include those regiments struck from the rolls over the history of the Lyran Guards. By 2765 only one division had a full ten active regiments under its command: the First.
Originally established as the divisional headquarters for the eleventh through Twentieth Lyran Guards regiments, the Second Division might reasonably be considered to have been second only to the First Division in terms of prestige and resources. The reality was somewhat different, however; by the mid-twenty-eighth century the number of regiments commanded by the Second had dwindled to just four as a result of regiments being destroyed or disbanded, and the Second Division was the smallest active division wtihin the Lyran Guards after the disbandment of the Sixth Lyran Guards Division.
During this era the Lyran Guards lacked any particular political ties - either regional or familial - unlike other brigades and formations; commonly assigned to garrison postings, the regiments of the Lyran Guards were postings of choice for those who wanted to work for the Commonwealth without either regional loyalties or particular ambitions. This led to the Lyran Guards Divisions being manned by soldiers who were professional, but without the close-knit ties found in more parochial regiments. The LCAF was intent on generating more camaraderie and esprit de corps amongst the Lyran Guards regiments, but with little success by 2765.
- Twelfth Lyran Guards
- Sixteenth Lyran Guards
- Seventeenth Lyran Guards
- Twentieth Lyran Guards
- Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"