22nd Avalon Hussars

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Twenty-second Avalon Hussars
Unit Profile (as of 3085)
Nickname The Strength of Tradition
Parent Formation Avalon Hussars
Formed Age of War

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Originally formed during the Age of War, the Twenty-second Avalon Hussars was one of many Hussars regiments to be drawn down during the Star League era as a consequence of the Council Edict of 2650 which limited the size of the military each Great House was allowed to field. The Twenty-second was then reactivated in 2752 following the repeal of the edict and the subsequent wide-scale rearmament each Great House began. The Twenty-second were soon actively embroiled in the border war on the Capellan border, and were deployed on the invasion of Redfield in support of the Seventeenth Avalon Hussars. The Twenty-second performed well during the invasion, and in recognition of this the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns High Command authorized the expansion of the Twenty-second through the addition of a fourth battalion, which was equipped with salvaged or captured Capellan war materiel. While the expansion in size boosted the firepower of the Twenty-second considerably, it also had the side effect of lowering the overall combat performance of the Twenty-second, which had still not returned to its original level by 2765.[1]

Succession Wars[edit]

Second Succession War[edit]

During Operation RAIN, one of two counter-offensives launched by the Federated Suns against the Capellan Confederation in late October 2829, Westphalia was invaded by the Twenty-second Avalon Hussars. Defending Westphalia was the responsibility of the First Chesterton Voltigeurs, who were supported by a pair of marine regiments and five companies of hovercraft, suited to Westphalia's water-rich environment. The Hussars had planned for this though, and had brought a substantial contingent of conventional forces suitable for blue-water operations with them - including hovercraft, hydrofoils and even a pair of submarines. While BattleMechs fought battles on the islands and littoral areas, naval battles in the deeper waters of the ocean saw hundreds dying, either lost with their ships or lost to starvation and thirst after being cast adrift. The Hussars eventually proved the more skilled of the two 'Mech commands, and after eleven weeks of combat the survivors of the Voltiguers surrendered, and were shipped off to POW camps deeper in the Capellan March.[2]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 2796 the Twenty-second Avalon Hussars were on Delacruz when the Draconis Combine attacked the world. The Hussars left the system.[3]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

During the Fourth Succession War the 22nd Avalon Hussars garrisoned Quentin.[4]

War of 3039[edit]

Landing on Telos IV, the 22nd Avalon Hussars and the 12th Vegan Rangers Delta Regiment quickly overcame the DCMS defenders. Though they were supposed to be relieved by MPs and garrison troops, those forces were delayed. This forced the 22nd to become peacekeepers, a role they weren't suited for. The native population just snubbed the Federated Suns troops.[5] The arrival of the 2nd Benjamin Regulars was the match that lit the fuse on Telos IV. Landing approximately 100 kilometers away from the main spaceport, the Hussars and Rangers were slowly drawn away from the capital in an attempt to destroy the 2nd Benjamin. Once they were far enough away, the 41st Dieron Regulars landed at the main spaceport. The 41st captured most of the Federated DropShips and supplies, but lost a third of their forces in the process. The 22nd Avalon Hussars broke contact with the 2nd Benjamin Regulars and focused their attention on the 41st Dieron Regulars. A series of frontal assaults saw the Avalon Hussars destroy the 41st Dieron Regulars, but they lost nearly half their troops in the process.[6] Unable to make repairs or capture supplies, the 22nd Hussars and 12th Vegan Rangers withdrew from Telos IV.[7]

Clan Invasion[edit]

During the Clan Invasion the 22nd Avalon Hussars defended the Lyran Commonwealth worlds along the Clan Jade Falcon invasion corridor. After the Truce of Tukayyid they continued to serve as a raiding force, stinging the Falcons and Clan Wolf forces in a series of raids. Though successful, they lost many men and machines during the six year tour on the Clan front.[8]

Operation Guerrero[edit]

After the formation of the Lyran Alliance the 22nd Avalon Hussars relocated from Lyran space back to the Federated Suns.[8] They didn't participate in Operation Guerrero.

Operation Bulldog[edit]

The 22nd didn't participate in Operation Bulldog.

Civil War[edit]

The 22nd Avalon Hussars didn't care for Katherine Steiner-Davion's politics, but as soldiers they were honor-bound to uphold the chain of command.[8] The homeworld of the 22nd Avalon Hussars was Bromhead, a posting they shared with the 2nd Davion Guards. To prevent the two units from coming to blows, they both left the world. The 22nd Hussars landed on the Wernke moon of Talon, where they fought the 7th FedCom RCT.[9] After losing two battalions of Mechs and 2 battalions of infantry, the 7th FedCom stopped attacking the 22nd's fortified positions.[10] The 22nd was content to hold a defensive position for most of the time, only striking at the 7th long enough to allow shipments from Kallon Industries to escape the world. As soon as the ships were safely away, the 22nd immediately resumed a defensive stance.[11] After learning of the attack on New Syrtis however, the 22nd went on the attack. By surrounding the 7th FedCom with several mixed battalions, the 22nd inflicted serious damage on the 7th FedCom and nearly captured the entire unit but the 7th was able to escape.[12] The 22nd returned to their defensive positions, and shortly faced an unexpected combat drop by the 7th. The 7th, under orders to pin the 22nd on Talon, dropped directly on top of the 22nd's positions. This allowed the 7th to concentrate their fire on the dispersed Hussar units and inflict serious losses.[13] This conflict saw the destruction of the 7th FedCom, but cost the 22nd Avalon Hussars more than 80% of their combat forces and at least 75% of their DropShips.[14]

The 22nd also dispatched a brigade of troops to New Avalon to defend the Archon, but that unit was destroyed.[15] In 3067, they were rebuilding on Crofton with materials produced on Talon.[16]

Jihad[edit]

Though the 22nd wanted to rescue New Avalon from the Word of Blake siege, their commanders kept them in place to defend Crofton's factories. Shortly thereafter the Filtvelt Coalition formed, and the region suffered from a large number of pirate attacks. This was sufficient for the 22nd to vent their frustration and keep the unit in fighting trim.[17] In 3076 the severely understrength 22nd Avalon Hussars, along with the FSS New Syrtis, were redeployed to New Syrtis. There they absorbed the remains of the 20th Avalon Hussars to rebuild themselves.[18]

In 3079 the 22nd was transferred to New Avalon to serve as the capital world's garrison.[17]

After spending time rebuilding on New Avalon, the Twenty-second was assigned to take part in Operation MATADOR. The Twenty-second landed on Perdidtion and assisted the 1st Davion Guards in forcing the Taurian Concordat forces offworld.[19] The Twenty-second Avalon Hussars LCT

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 8-9, "Avalon Hussars"
  2. Second Succession War, p. 28, "The Suns-Confederation Front"
  3. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 118
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11
  5. Historical: War of 3039, p. 39
  6. Historical: War of 3039, p. 87
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 88
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 55
  9. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 82
  10. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 96
  11. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 128
  12. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 142
  13. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 157
  14. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 158
  15. The Longest Road in The Corps, p. 204
  16. Field Manual: Update, p. 140, "AFFS Deployment Table - 3067"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Field Report: AFFS, p. 9
  18. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 38
  19. Field Manual: 3085, p. 54