3rd McCarron's Armored Cavalry

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3rd McCarron's Armored Cavalry
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Wild Ones
Parent Formation McCarron's Armored Cavalry
Formed

The Third McCarron's Armored Cavalry regiment was usually deployed as a heavy assault unit that used brute force instead of fancy tactics.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

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Third Succession War[edit]

In 3007 the regiments of McCarron's Armored Cavalry raided New Valencia, baseworld of Wolf's Dragoons. Though they seized several small communities, the Dragoons were able to hold off the Armored Cavalry units long enough for the Eridani Light Horse regiments to arrive. The MAC regiments didn't inflict any damage to the Dragoons, but did raze several villages.[1]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In the 4th Succession War all regiments of McCarron's Armored Cavalry except for the 1st were stationed on Menke. They later fought a long campaign to defend Sarna but had to retreat off world as Davion reinforcements arrived in the end phase of the war.

Andurien/Canopus Invasion[edit]

In May 3032 the Third, along with the other regiments of McCarron's Armored Cavalry, landed on Betelgeuse. They quickly drove the First, Third, and 4th Defenders of Andurien, and the Tooth of Ymir off the world. They inflicted particularly heavy casualties on the First Defenders.[2] The Wild Ones then moved on to Primus, which they and the 1st McCarron's Armored Cavalry took without sustaining any casualties from enemy action.[3][4] 3034 found the Nightriders and the Wild Ones raiding Shiba, inflicting heavy losses on the 4th Defenders of Andurien. Only the suicidal rear guard action of two Andurien companies allowed any of the Defenders to escape.[5]

War of 3039[edit]

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Operation Guerrero[edit]

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Operation Bulldog[edit]

The Third didn't participate in Operation Bulldog but during this same time they landed on Sakhalin to put down an armed insurrection. Rather than land and march several kilometers to engage, the Wild Ones simply landed their DropShips in the center of the rebel base. Though this cost them a DropShip, they were able to destroy the rebels, level the base, and seize a replacement DropShip. They then returned to Kaifeng, leaving the 1st Capellan Defense Force to clean up.[6]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

Between 3063 and 3067 the Wild Ones raided Tsingtao, Remshield, Foot Fall, and Jonathan. They hoped to provoke a response from the AFFS but no such response occurred.[7]

Jihad[edit]

In 3069 the Third Armored Cavalry assaulted Taygeta alongside both St. Ives Lancers regiments. They drove the 3rd Ceti Hussars and Vanguard Legion off-world and took the world for the Confederation. This provided a key jump-off point for an assault on New Syrtis.[8]

As part of that assault, the Third MAC assaulted the defender's rear. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to break through and took heavy losses. The unit withdrew alongside other CCAF units when the recall order arrived. They spent most of the rest of the Jihad on Menke, providing warriors to help rebuild other MAC units and serving as a cadre force.[9]

Republic Era[edit]

During Operation CELESTIAL VENGEANCE, the Third was deployed on Acamar and Tsitsang. Each time they faced Stone's Revenants and each time they were defeated. The conventional assets of the Republic forces were able to pin down the Third, while the Revenants' 'Mechs inflicted heavy damage.[10] After losing more than three-quarters of their forces, the Third returned to Menke to rebuild.[11]

In 3104 the Third attacked the Eighth Avalon Hussars LCT on the world of Spica. Knowing that they couldn't win a direct engagement with the Third, the Hussars instead planned and executed an ambush on the Third that saw the Eighth's 'Mechs used as bait. Commanded directly by General Stasi Ivanova, the Eighth's Mechs led the Third into a valley while the Hussars' hovertanks harassed the Armored Cavalry. When the Third's vanguard entered the valley it came under sustained fire from a company of Destrier Seige Vehicles assigned to the Hussars and was swiftly destroyed; the Hussars then counterattacked while the Ballista trailers attached to the Destriers launched missile artillery at the Third, and the Third was driven offworld.[12]

Dark Age[edit]

The Third was held back from the initial waves of Operation CELESTIAL REWARD. They struck the capital cities of both Taygeta and New Syrtis, using their assault 'Mechs and heavy vehicles to simply crush any opposition. After New Syrtis was secured, they returned to Menke for rest and recovery.[13] On Taygeta they faced the Ridgebrook CMM and 5th Crucis Lancers.[14]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025, the commanding officer was Colonel Linda Chandrasekar.[15]

As of 3050 to 3063, the commanding officer was Sang-shao Otto Kung.[16][17][6] He was still in command in 3067 as to 3085.[18][11] He was also part of the drive to New Syrtis.[8]

During the Xin Sheng Campaign, Sang-wei Tyler Alban was present. He was notorious for arming his Snake with cluster rounds and inflicting heavy civilian casualties to vent his frustration at being assigned to rear-area security duties. After the Xin Sheng Campaign concluded, his mutilated corpse was found in his quarters. Though Free Capella never took credit for his death, many believed the Sang-wei was killed by the organization in retaliation for his behavior in the Campaign.[19]

As of 3145 the commanding officer is Sang-shao Sergei Tolkov.[20]

Tactics[edit]

The command puts their assets to best use. First the 'Mechs secure territory and the armor defends it. The CO seek the decision in a final assault if the tide of battle changes for the worse (in his mind).[6]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

The Wild Ones (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Linda Chandrasekar
  • 1st Battalion: Major Otto Kung
  • 2nd Battalion: Major Nathan Bragg
  • 3rd Battalion: Major Jordan Brush

3040[edit]

The Wild Ones (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[21]

3050-3054[edit]

The Wild Ones (Regular/Reliable)[16][17]

  • CO: Colonel Otto Kung

3063-3067[edit]

3rd McCarron's Armored Cavalry (1 Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[6][18]

  • CO: Sang-shao Otto Kung
  • 1st Battalion: Zhong-shao Christine "The Demon" Blake
  • 2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao Kool Suk Lynn
  • 3rd Battalion: Zhong-shao Lance Hawkins

- The half of the regiment field more than 75 weight 'Mechs
- Most medium 'Mechs outfitted with MASC

Kung's Piranhas (2 Flights/Elite/Fanatical)[6][18]

The Terrible Three (1 Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[6][18]

  • Armor Commander: Zhong-shao Devin Montgomery

- Mostly heavy tanks

- In 3067 the 'Mech unit was at 88% of nominal strength.[18]

3085[edit]

3rd McCarron's Armored Cavalry (Regular/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Sang-shao Otto Kung

Kung's Piranhas (2 Flights/Veteran/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Maria Rossi

The Terrible Three (Reliable/Regular)[11]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Auberta Durand

3145[edit]

3rd McCarron’s Armored Cavalry (Elite/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Sang-shao Sergei Tolkov

Tolkov’s Piranhas (Elite/Questionable)[20]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Ranen Bamberger

The Terrible Three (Regular/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Kevin Moffat

1st Menke Armored Infantry (Regular/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Aileen Kayes


Notes[edit]

  • Also known as "McCarron's Thugs".

References[edit]

  1. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 10
  2. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 63
  3. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 64
  4. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 88
  5. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 66
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 88, "3rd McCarrons Unit Profile"
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 26
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 66
  9. Field Report: CCAF, p. 15
  10. Field Manual: 3085, p. 26
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 33, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces Deployment Table - 3085"
  12. Technical Readout 3145: Federated Suns, p. 28, "Destrier Siege Vehicle"
  13. Field Manual: 3145, p. 32
  14. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 40
  15. 15.0 15.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 95, "McCarron's Armored Cavalry"
  16. 16.0 16.1 20 Year Update, p. 63, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3050"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Objective Raids, p. 41, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3054"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  19. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 34
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 45, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3145"
  21. Historical: War of 3039, p. 140

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