4th Avalon Hussars
|Fourth Avalon Hussars|
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Nickname||The Thundering Herd |
|Parent Formation||Avalon Hussars |
Age of War
In 2431 the Terran Hegemony captured the Kentares system, one of the systems within the Terran March of the Federated Suns. The Prince of the Terran March spent eight years trying to recapture the world from the Hegemony Armed Forces without success before finally requesting assistance from the remainder of the Federated Suns, by which time not only was it too late for the Federated Peacekeeping Forces to easily recapture the world, but several other Terran March worlds had also defected to the Terran Hegemony in recognition of the Hegemony's obvious military superiority.
Despite this, the Federated Peacekeeping Forces could and did attempt to recapture the system. One such attempt was in 2449, when the Fourth Avalon Hussars attempted to recapture the world; this led to the Fourth being the first hostile unit to see face the HAF's newly-developed Manatee-class DropShip, the first dedicated BattleMech transport. The Manatee quickly proved the validity of the concept of a dedicated 'Mech carrier, with the campaign initially going well for the HAF, but as the battle for control of the planet drew on, the Hussars took advantage of the light armor and weapons payload on the Manatee, targeting the vulnerable transports and destroying a number of them, along with their embarked units. The battles with the Fourth taught the HAF that they needed to deploy heavier fighter screens to protect their DropShips in future.
During the Star League era the Fourth was still a noticeably heavier unit than most within the Avalon Hussars, as was its sister unit, the Eighth Avalon Hussars; this was a direct legacy of the the role both units had originally occupied during the formation of the Hussars, when they had been the assault backups to the rest of the brigade.
All of the Avalon Hussars were required to focus on being both flexible and mobile, with every regiment required to be capable of deploying within eight hours, although many of the Hussars struggled to actually achieve this. The Fourth was supported by an aerospace wing, although the wing was primarily attached to the Second to provide ground support. Unusually for a Hussars regiment, the Fourth also maintained a permanent artillery battery, as did the Eighth, despite this being a deviation from the Hussars combat doctrine.
Fourth Avalon Hussars (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)
- Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 8-10, "Avalon Hussars"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 28, "New Government, New Challenges"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 36, "The First Prince"
- Technical Readout: 2750, p. 190, "Manatee"
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 8, "Avalon Hussars"