Winfield's Brigade

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Winfield's Brigade
Unit Profile (as of 3050)
Nickname
Parent Formation LCAF
Formed 2992

Winfield's Brigade was designed by House Steiner as a mixed-weapon line unit. By 3025, the unit fielded two Battalions. Winfield's Brigade was destroyed during the first and second wave of Operation Revival by Clan Jade Falcon.


History[edit]

Origin as Winfield Guard[edit]

The Winfield Guards were created by Alessandro Steiner as a mixed weapon unit in 2992. The 'Mechs of the Winfield Guards were usually of medium weight and high mobility. They were patterned after the Eridani Light Horse and one of the most famed Lyran units, The Stealths. In fact, the unit`s CO was a descendant of the former commander of the Stealths. The Guards quickly became one of the finest Lyran units, but they were decimated during the fierce fighting on the planet of Sevren due to severe intelligence failures in 3011. Though the 2nd Donegal Guards arrived to reinforce the unit, the 2nd Guards didn't know the local terrain. Two scouts from the Brigade offered to lead the Guards into position even though they were wounded and in seriously damaged 'Mechs. To honor these scouts, the scouts of Winfield's Brigade wear the tartan of the Second Donegal Guards as a lapel device.[1]

The unit was reorganized into a two-battalion-sized force and renamed to Winfield`s Brigade. Winfield`s Brigade was once more deployed to Sevren alongside with the 30th Lyran Guards and Hansen's Roughriders. The invasion succeeded in 3024, mostly because of the hard-striking Winfield`s Brigade.[2][3] The battle for Sevren saw a company from Winfield's Brigade fend off attacks from two lances of MechBuster aircraft before pushing forward to secure a strategically significant bridge, cutting off a battalion of forces from the Dieron Regulars from reinforcements. This in turn allowed the 30th Lyran Guards to assault the isolated Dieron Regulars in force; the company from Winfield's Brigade lost a total of eight 'Mechs destroyed or immobilised in exchange for one downed Mechbuster in the push to capture the bridge, although the airfield from which the Mechbusters were operating was identified and captured during their attack on Winfield's Brigade.[4]

Winfield's Brigade performed an important role during the so-called "witch-hunts" of Gypsum and Baker 3, an innovation of Archon Katrina Steiner. The top-heavy units of the LCAF had to hunt down the "witch", a highly mobile opfor-unit, which was usually displayed by Winfield's Brigade or the mercenary unit Mobile Fire.

Fourth Succession War[edit]

During the Fourth Succession War, the Tyr Regiment, the 4th Donegal Guards, the 3rd Lyran Regulars and Winfield`s Brigade were assigned to liberate the prefecture capital of Kirchbach. The defending DCMS units, the 5th Amphigean Light Assault Group, Helmut's Hermits and the 17th Rasalhague Regulars, were forced to retreat off-world soon after the first engagement. [5] Hereupon, Winfield's Brigade was assigned to invade the world of Liezen, which was garrisoned by a veteran Combine 'Mech-Regiment, the 1st Altenmarkt Militia. Winfield's Brigade quickly seized control of the capital and other major cities. However, the larger Altenmarkt Militia 'Mech-Regiment faded away and staged a guerrilla war. Unfortunately, Winfield's Brigade lacked the man-power to garrison the cities and to hunt down the 1st Altenmarkt Militia at the same time. Thus, the Brigade was reinforced by the 4th Donegal Guards. Shortly afterwards, the Altenmarkt Militia had to retreat and Liezen was ultimatively considered secured.[6]

Clan Invasion[edit]

Deployed on their homeworld of Winfield during the opening stages of Operation Revival, Winfield's Regiment was attacked by Clan Jade Falcon[7][8] in March 3050.[9] Fortunately, the Jade Falcons underestimated the capabilities of Winfield's Regiment and the Lyran unit almost overran the landing zone of the Jade Falcon's Fifth Battle Cluster. However, they had to retreat from Winfield after the Jade Falcons deployed a massive force of Clan Elementals, which were completely unknown to the IS at the time. As skilled as Winfield's troops were, the Jade Falcon 612th Assault Cluster were too strong for them, with just two battalions mainly consisting of light armor and infantry managed to escape after the battle in the Territe Valley.[9]Before they retreated offworld in orderly fashion, they prepared the Winfield Militia to stage a guerrilla war.[7][8]

In late 3051 or early 3052 General Winfield persuaded Marshal Bob Bryant to allow him to raid Winfield, despite Bryant's misgivings. Although Winfield was primarily concerned with rescuing those prisoners still interned by the Jade Falcons, his justification for the raid was to target the Kerensky Munitions and Armaments factory that the Falcons had constructed by refitting the old Fairfield Munitions plant, and which if allowed to remain operational would allow them to not only support strikes into the Coventry Operational Area but also to starve out those still fighting in the Blackjack Operational Area. Although Bryant allowed the strike to go ahead, despite Winfield being deep inside the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone, he made it abundantly clear that any political repercussions from the strike would fall squarely on Winfield.[9]

Winfield's forces arrived in the Winfield system in February 3052 via a pirate point, and Winfield immediately issued a batchall against the defending forces, which were drawn from Epsilon Galaxy. The Jade Falcons responded by bidding the 101st Defense Cluster, which was a Cluster largely equipped with medium OmniMechs. Winfield had every intention of deceiving the Falcon forces, and began by sending his infantry along his south flank and used his light armor forces to probe the center and north flanks of the Falcon forces. Winfield successfully lured the 101st into charging for his heavy 'Mechs. Winfield then retreated his forces steadily northwards with the 101st in pursuit, leaving just a few Elementals guarding the munitions factory.[9]

Winfield's infantry forces successfully crossed the Harrison River and infiltrated the munitions factory without being detected by the bulk of the 101st; the remaining Elementals attempted to engage the infantry, but by the time they attacked the infantry had already planted explosives. When the facility exploded the forces from the 101st pursuing Winfield's 'Mech forces turned to fight around the burning factory, allowing Winfield to strike at the prison and free the prisoners held there. The battle had lasted some twenty hours in total and was a stunning success for Winfield and his troops.[9]

The survivors of Winfield's Regiment faced the Fourth Falcon Velites on Butler shortly after. Vastly outnumbered, Leftenant General Davis Winfield decided to challenge the Falcon CO in single combat. He managed to gain the upper hand against his opponent, Star Colonel Evak Mattlov, until a lucky hit destroyed his 'Mech's gyro and he fell unconscious. Enraged, the rest of Winfield's Regiment attacked the Falcon force in a suicidal charge, which left the regiment all but destroyed.[7] [8]

The few survivors reorganized themselves into the Winfield's Regiment mercenary unit.

Composition History[edit]

2992[edit]

Winfield Guards (2 Regiments/Elite/Reliable)[10]

3011[edit]

Winfield's Guards (2 Regiment[1]

3025[edit]

Winfield’s Brigade (2 Battalions/Elite/Reliable)[11][12]

3040[edit]

Winfield's Brigade (2 Battalions/Elite/Reliable)[14]

3050[edit]

Winfield's Regiment (1 Regiment/Elite/Reliable)[15][16]

Notes[edit]

  • During the battle on Winfield the Winfield Brigade forces that attacked the Kerensky Munitions and Armaments plant consisted of Winfield's Regiment, Third Battalion, First Company (Revenge Inc.), First Platoon (The Coffin Makers).[9]
  • The Jade Falcon forces defending the armaments plant on Winfield were the 101st Defence Cluster's First Military Police Trinary, Fifth Elemental Garrison Guards, Fourth and Fifth Points.[9]

Rules[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 14
  2. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 81 Current Events - Winfield (Guards) Regiment/Brigade information.
  3. Field Manuel: Mercenaries Revised, p. 111 - Winfield's Regiment - Information revision including year of formation.
  4. Technical Readout: 3026, Revised Edition, p. 50, "'Mechbuster"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Field Manual: Mercenaries Revised, p. 111 Winfield's Regiment - Winfield Guard's destruction noted.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 37, 38
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 ClanTroops, p. 47-49, "Retribution"
  10. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 81 Current Events - Winfield (Guards) Regiment/Brigade information.
  11. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 81 Current Events - Winfield (Guards) Regiment/Brigade information.
  12. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 116 Unit Deployment Table.
  13. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 116 Unit Deployment Table.
  14. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 138
  15. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 37 and p. 38 First and second waves.
  16. 20 Year Update, p. 25
  17. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 37 and p. 38 First and second waves.

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