3rd Lyran Guards Division
|Third Lyran Guards Division|
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Parent Formation||Lyran Guards|
Star League Era
The origin of the Third Lyran Guards Division and her 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 it's command: the First.
Originally established as the divisional headquarters for the Twenty-first through Thirtieth Lyran Guards regiments, by the mid-twenty-eighth century the number of regiments commanded by the Third had dropped to six as a result of regiments being destroyed or disbanded. Despite the diminished combat strength of the Third, the division had established a reputation as being the home for the Lyran Guards' rising stars whilst commanded by Leutnant General Kristy Kiirlund in the 2760s. The Third Division was also responsible for conducting Operation HOUND DOG, a division-level deployment that saw all seven of the Third's regiments deploy into the inhabited Circinus system, hunting for pirates. Whilst the Free Worlds League declined to provide any troops or observers during Operation HOUND DOG - the League considering the Operation to be nothing more than a "snipe hunt" - the Star League Defense Force dispatched a small team of observers to accompany the Third, which was successful in tracking down pirates using Circinus as a base of operations. By 2765 the various regiments of the Third were back up to full strength after taking relatively few casualties during the campaign.
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.
|Commanding Officers of the 3rd Lyran Guards Division|
- Twenty-first Lyran Guards
- Twenty-third Lyran Guards
- Twenty-fourth Lyran Guards
- Twenty-sixth Lyran Guards
- Twenty-ninth Lyran Guards
- Thirtieth Lyran Guards
- Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"