3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry

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3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Solar Eclipse [1]
Parent Formation Confederation Reserve Cavalry
Formed unknown

The Third Confederation Reserve Cavalry’s founding is somewhat of a mystery although they were stationed at battalion strength on Sirius, Hsien, and Fletcher as of 3025. [2]

They took part in the Fourth Succession War, defended the Confederation during the combined Andurien-Canopus invasion, and fought in the Xin Sheng Campaign. Their tendency to fight to the last man rather than showing more prudent use of manpower and equipment has left them at the back of the resupply line and largely languishing.[3]


Fourth Succession War[edit]

Operation Riposte[edit]

A battalion from the Third joined a company from Trimaldi's Secutors and a company of Lothar's Fusiliers in an attempt to destroy a supply depot on Kawich during Operation Riposte but was ambushed by infantry, armor, and a battalion of 'Mechs from the 1st Davion Guards. When faced with the dug in defenders the commander ordered a retreat but many over enthusiastic warriors ignored the command and charged hopelessly into the ambush. [4]

Andurien/Canopus Invasion[edit]

The Third Reserve fought during the Andurien-Canopus invasion of the Confederation but tended to make suicide-stands.[3]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

Reactivated and rebuilt in 3052, the Third Reserve fought on Denbar in the Xin Sheng Campaign where they were trapped in the Ho-Lu Lowlands by the Blackwind Lancers and destroyed.[5]

The command company's final suicide charge led to eventually replacement by the 5th Reserve and reassignment to Drozan in the Victoria Commonality.[3]

The homeworld of the 3rd Reserve is Holloway.[6]


During Operation: Sovereign Justice the Third fought on Homestead and Manapire. On Homestead they split into small, lance sized elements and engaged in a guerrilla campaign. One lance, the Youling Zhanshi, was particularly effective.[7] On both Homestead and Manapire they faced the Illician Lancers, fighting the skilled mercenaries to a standstill both times. They were recalled to Confederation space, where they split up into battalion sized groups and foiled attacks by both the Federated Suns and the Word of Blake.[8] As of 3079 the Third was split up, with a short battalion on Tsingtao, Ares, and Capricorn III.[8]

The assault on Sian made the unit snap out of its depression, and the extreme fighting they experienced in the Jihad quickly rebuilt their skills. In addition the fighting against the Capellan March forces resulted in the Third CRC acquiring a great deal of salvage from the Federated Suns. The unit is now proud of their status as a senior regiment of the Confederation Reserve Cavalry.[9] The Third was once again split up in 3085 with battalion sized units stationed on Repulse, Ward, and Rollis.[10]

Republic Era[edit]

During the Victoria War the Third rushed to reinforce Victoria. Unfortunately they arrived in battalion sized formations over the course of a week, and this made them easy targets for the AFFS units already on the world. Before the final battalion was destroyed, it inflicted heavy losses on the 22nd Avalon Hussars.[11]

Dark Age[edit]

Reformed and staffed with troops who hated the Federated Suns. The Third CRC were able to vent their rage during Operation GREAT FLOOD, briefly battling the pro-Davion military splinter group Swordsworn. Afterwards they were pulled back to the Victoria Commonality and reassigned to the periphery border.[1]

The Third CRC were disappointed to be kept out of Operation CELESTIAL REWARD, however a few were transferred to the Victoria Rangers in time to take part in the recapture of Victoria.[1]


As of 3062, the commanding officer was Sang-shao Petyr Oravey[12].

As of 3063, the commanding officer was Sang-shao Martin Penwall.[3]

As of 3067 to 3085 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Lyle Crawford.[6][10]

As of 3145 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Kelly Taniwan.[13]


The Third Reserves loss of aerospace assets and much of its armor has resulted in their relying on older doctrines.[3]

Composition History[edit]


3rd Confedeation Reserve Cavalry (3 Battalions) (Regular/Reliable)[2]

3063 to 3067[edit]

3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry (1 Regiment/Green/Questionable)[3][6]

  • CO/1st Battalion: Sang-shao Martin Penwall
  • XO/2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao Lyle Crawford

3rd Cavalry Armor (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[3][6]

  • Armor Commander: Sao-shao Gart Umbiqua
  • Armor Commander (3067): Sao-shao Rigel Black

3rd Cavalry Support Staff (1 Company/Green/Questionable)[3][6]

  • Infantry Commander: Captain Erin Karata
  • Infantry Commander (3067): Sao-shao Erin Karata

- Mostly Taurian Concordat troops on exchange


The Third lost a little under thirty percent of their troops during the Jihad. Each battalion is short one company.[8]


3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Regular/Questionable)[10]

  • CO: Sang-shao Lyle Crawford

3rd Cavalry Armor (Regular/Reliable)[10]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Habiki Yoshida

3rd Cavalry Support Staff (Company/Regular/Reliable)[10]

  • CO: Sao-shao Carol Akingson


3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Regular/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Sang-shao Kelly Taniwan

Sun Killer Flight (Green/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Everett Enix

3rd Cavalry Armor (Regular/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Layton Elswick

3rd Cavalry Auxiliary (Regular/Questionable)[13]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Edsel Dhebar


3rd Reserves armor commander Sao-shao Gart Umbiqua attacked 'Mech commander Sang-shoa Martin Penwall after Gart was demoted. The ensuing incident resulted in the deaths of both men.

Despite mentioning its fate in the Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, the Historical: Brush Wars doesn't mention the 3rd anywhere.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. 39, "Confederation Reserve Cavalry - 3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  2. 2.0 2.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 105, "Regimental Deployment Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Field Manual: The Capellan Confederation, p. 71, "3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry Unit Profile"
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 92, Kawich
  5. The Killing Fields, p. 16
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 32, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3067"
  7. BattleTech Dossiers: Youling Zhanshi, p. 1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Field Report: CCAF, p. 11
  9. Field Manual: 3085, p. 28
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 34, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3085"
  11. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 54
  12. The Killing Fields, p. 17
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 47, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3145"