4th Garrison Cluster (Clan Smoke Jaguar)

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4th Garrison Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3059)
Nickname Unknown
Parent Formation Kappa Galaxy
Formed Unknown
Disbanded 3059

Overview[edit]

The Fourth Garrison Cluster was a second line Cluster of Clan Smoke Jaguar. It was considered to be of Elite status and one of the best Garrison Clusters in the entire Jaguar Touman more than capable of fighting and winning against front line opponents.[1]

History[edit]

Post Tukayyid[edit]

Other Clusters of Kappa Galaxy were posted to the Inner Sphere Occupation Zone after the Battle of Tukayyid [2] and this is also the likely deployment date for the Fourth. The Cluster had moved to Luzerne by 3053 [3] and in the winter of 3058/3059 they were joined by the 6th Striker Cluster with the aim of launching operations against Clan Ghost Bear. Possibly in retaliation for recent Bear aggression. [4]

Operation Bulldog[edit]

Operation Bird Dog[edit]

As part of this clandestine campaign Allens Animals, a company sized unit from the Third Davion Guards, dropped onto Luzerne in May 3059. Their first objective was the supply depot at Gateway, the entrance to the Lawrence Pass that they attacked on 21 May. The Animals held off the Fourth's defenders long enough to destroy a significant portion of the facility, but lost a quarter of their strength in doing so.[5] The Fourth hunted it down, sending out hunter-killer groups which the Animals ran rings around until they ran in to Kappa's Command Trinary at Drake Woods in the Topeka Highlands on 2 June. Here they were heavily damaged and the survivors scattered.[6] The Fourth were still dealing with the remains of this threat when the main assault hit the planet.[7]

Wave Two[edit]

Luzerne
The planet was attacked by the 208th ComStar Division and the 3rd Davion Guards RCT on 29 June 3059.[8] As they made their landing in the Jeremiah Highlands the Fourth along with the Sixth Striker Cluster and Kappa Galaxy Command Trinary engaged them. The Inner Sphere troops were forced to make combat drops and were repelled by the Clan defenders scattering the attackers.[9] The Spheroids attempted to resupply their forces, but the transports were shot down. Low on supplies elements of the ComGuards and the Davion Guards attacked Old Mesa Commons in an attempt to capture the Jaguar supplies there. The Fourth eventually pushed them back but not before a quantity of supplies had been spirited away.[10] The fighting for the planet was bitter and drawn out, degenerating into three separate sieges as the attackers had been forced back. On 9 July the Fourth attacked the city of Thun on Perot and almost destroyed the defenders base. With the death of Kappa's Galaxy Commander the sieges broke down to low intensity fighting as supplies dwindled. Inner Sphere troops in the Wyrm Lowlands attempted a breakout on 17 July, but were forced back by the Fourth and Sixth Striker Cluster.[11]

On 1 August 3059 Inner Sphere reinforcement arrived in the form of the Ryuken-Roku, By the 3 August they made an attack towards Thun at the same time the beseiged troops attempted a breakout to link up. The Fourth and the Sixth positioned themselves between the two forces to prevent this. Only a handful of the Thun defenders managed to escape to the Ryuken-Roku lines, but it cost the Fourth heavy casualties.[12] Star Colonel Samantha Kotare of the Sixth Striker was in overall command, she was unaware of the situation across the Occupation Zone and saw Luzerne as a lost cause. Wanting to evacuate her best troops to regroup and counter attack she decided to concentrate her forces at the Cameron Plateaux where her DropShips waited. The Ryuken-Roku intercepted her force at the Deadfall Pass. Most of the Fourth fought a savage delaying action to the death allowing just over a Binary of warriors to get to the DropShips, many of which were destroyed as they left the atmosphere.[13]

Officers[edit]

Star Colonel Jonathan Osis 30??-3059. [1]

Composition History[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  • Average Experience: Elite.

Rules[edit]

When deploying BattleMechs and Elementals, the Fourth PGC gains a +1 Initiative Bonus and no hidden enemy unit may use pointblank shots against them. [1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 9
  2. Shadows of War, p.52
  3. Objective Raids, p. 34
  4. MechWarrior 2: Ghost Bear Legacy
  5. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 10
  6. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 11
  7. The Dragon Roars, p. 8-9
  8. The Dragon Roars, p. 26
  9. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 12
  10. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 13
  11. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 14-5
  12. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 16
  13. Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 17

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