5th Crucis Lancers

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Fifth Crucis Lancers
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Remagen Lancers
Parent Formation Crucis Lancers
Formed 2765-2785[1][2]

History[edit]

First Succession War[edit]

The Capellan Confederation launched a campaign to capture Chesterton during the First Succession War, while the Federated Suns was being trampled roughshod by the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery. Chancellor Ilsa Liao offered to withdraw her claim to the title of First Lord of the Star League and to instead support Paul Davion's claim if the Federated Suns would return Chesterton to the Confederation.[3] Paul's response was to reject the proposal and dispatch the Third and Fifth Crucis Lancers to assault Ulan Batar and Farwell, igniting two years of active warfare throughout the Chesterton region.[4]

The Fifth was stationed on Chesterton in 2812 with sister unit the Third Crucis Lancers and Belinda's Irregulars. They were warned of an incoming Capellan invasion, so moved to the disclosed location to await their arrival. Once the Capellan task force consisting of the First and Second Ariana Fusiliers, Vincent's Commandos, and Cochraine's Goliaths landed, the Fifth and other Davion units sprang their trap. The resulting trap became a brutal battle which destroyed over 130 BattleMechs and the Goliaths.[5]

Third Succession War[edit]

The Fifth's 'Mech regiment was destroyed in 3021. The Fifth was left on the Regimental rolls of the AFFS and assigned three additional armored regiments to make up for the lack of 'Mechs. The Fifth was surprised to discover that they were very effective in this configuration.[6]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In the Fourth Succession War the Fifth Crucis Lancers attacked Tikonov with the other Crucis Lancer RCTs. After that attack, they moved on to take Jonathan and Foot Fall.[7] The fifth and sixth waves of Operation RAT saw the Fifth Lancers attack Menkib[8] and Sakhalin.[9] The battle for Menkib saw the Fifth Crucis Lancers easily defeat the handful of poorly-trained reservists and volunteers left trying to defend the planet by the critical lack of JumpShips within the Sarna Commonality.[10] When the Fifth attacked Sakhalin they were under the impression that the only garrison on the planet was the planetary militia. The initial landing parties from the Fifth were stunned when they came under attack from the First Battalion of Kamakura's Hussars; the Hussars lived up to their reputation for a lack of battlefield discipline by launching a rash, almost suicidal attack against the Fifth's drop zones. Breaking into lances and dispersing when they met heavy resistance, the Hussars were able to inflict damage and retreat while the bemused Lancers concentrated on securing their drop zones. The Hussars then fought for three weeks before enough damage was inflicted on them to convince them to abandon their hit-and-run attacks and abandon Sakhalin.[11]

War of 3039[edit]

With the formal merging of Lyran and Davion states, the AFFC re-created and resurrected the 'Mech regiment in 3042.[12]

Clan Invasion[edit]

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Operation Guerrero[edit]

After the 3057 Liao-Marik Offensive that shattered the Sarna March, the unit was left to attempt to hunt down and kill the Capellan backed Zhanzeng de Guang terrorist group that help trigger the war. The Fifth trying make up for its disgrace of not able to fight off multi-national incursion, felt hunting down the terrorist and CCAF force assisting them would make up the difference. The unit had bounced between nine worlds in its four year struggle against the Zhanzeng de Guang, wiping most of them out by 3062. These actions tied up Capellan forces, preventing them from participating in Capellan-St. Ives War.[12]</ref> During its campaigns in what became the Chaos March, the two of its battalions were lost in the Kuriak Mountains of Demeter. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions during their training mission ran afoul of Capellan Thuggees after the Regiment's scout force found their 'Mech intact and mass grave.

Operation Bulldog[edit]

The 5th Crucis Lancers didn't participate in Operation Bulldog.[13]

Civil War[edit]

After extracting from the March, the unit's commander of 15 years, General Richardson was cited for actions taken in early 3060s in Capellan territory. The General's mental condition showed he was becoming more paranoid and developing schizophrenia. This mentality bled into the 5th's general attitudes, making them wary of pro-Katrina Steiner Loyalist units, such as the 15th Deneb Light Cavalry. Later the 5th would engage the 15th DLC on Demeter, keeping them under intense pressure until they left the world.[14] The 5th Lancers followed the 15th Deneb Light Cavalry to Algol; The 5th's air wings inflicted damage on the two Republican regiments on the world.[15] The rest of the 5th Crucis Lancers stood between the 15th DLC and the Republican units for months, preventing them from joining forces.[16] The 5th drove the 15th off Algol, but instead of pursuing them again, the 5th Lancers moved to Marlette. There they faced the Marlette Crucis March Militia unit who held the Jedda Military Complex. The 5th launched a strike on the complex hoping to gain a foothold. Several units did get through, but were cut off by Loyalist forces.[17]

Shortly after this the 5th's commander was killed when the 5th Lyran Regulars landed behind the 5th Lancer's lines and attacked their command post.[18] The Lyran Regulars were able to link up with the Marlette CMM and both units evacuated the area. Once the 5th Crucis Lancers restored their command integrity, they pushed the Loyalist forces into a small part of the planet.[19] A few months later, Victor Steiner-Davion arrived on Marlette with additional forces, and the Loyalist units surrendered. The 5th Crucis Lancers prepared to join the fight on New Avalon. They missed the actual fighting, but they arrived in time to secure the world.[20]

Jihad[edit]

The Fifth Crucis Lancers were stationed on Carmacks at the start of the Jihad.[21] As part of Operation Sovereign Justice the Fifth Crucis Lancers seized Capricorn III in July, 3068. A month later the Fifth took Aldertaine in the next wave of attacks.[22] After holding the world for three months the 5th McCarron's Armored Cavalry regiment drove the Lancers off the world to St. Ives.[23]

As part of Operation SCOUR's Federated Suns group, the Fifth partnered with the 15th Arcturan Guards in an attack on Demeter. There they attempted to take the Vicore Industries factory, but were repulsed by the Protectorate Militia units and two Level IIIs from the 9th Division, Measure of Trust and Call to the Faithful. An orbital drop by the 3rd Free Worlds Legionnaires reinforced the Coalition forces and pushed the Blakist defenders back. Three weeks later the Lancers and other Coalition forces had taken control of the world, but only after bloody hand-to-hand fighting and several orbital bombardments; the 5th Crucis lancers worked alongside the 15th Arcturan Guards to clear New Demeter City, while the 3rd Free Worlds Legionnaires faced the 9th Division forces at the Vicore Industries plant until it and the Blakists were destroyed by the orbital bombardment.[24]

Following the Demeter campaign the 5th and the other elements of Group I were assigned to the liberation of Towne in March/April 3077. Information had been obtained by the Fox's Teeth indicating that the Word of Blake had developed and extensive fortified a facility on Towne for refitting and possibly manufacturing DropShips. The Blakist facility was located deep within a mountain range on the continent of Howell, and was protected by formidable defenses, including capital missile launchers. This became the site of the fiercest struggle during the campaign to liberate Towne, with the Blakists nearly defeating the combined forces of Group I. The defenses proved to be almost as tough as one of the Castle Brian complexes created during the era of the Star League, and drove the coalition troops to desperate measures; Princess Regent Yvonne Steiner-Davion personally authorized the use of orbital bombardment to crack the fortifications, and the Fox-class WarShip FSS Indefatigable moved in response.[25]

As the Indefatigable moved towards Towne, it triggered another layer of defenses in the system that the various DropShips of Group I had failed to trigger; even as the Fox's Teeth were making a dangerous raid on the surface of the planet to disable the capital missile launchers there, hidden missile launchers within the system targeted the Indefatigable. Launch platforms disguised as ore processing stations within the Towne asteroid belt launched dozens of missiles, inflicting heavy damage on the Indefatigable and nearly stymied the liberation effort. As it was, the Indefatigable managed to make it to orbit and bombard the Blakists defenses, allowing Group I to take the planet. The campaign took four weeks from start to finish, and while the 15th Arcturan Guards were ready to deploy on their next operation on the 22nd of April, the other elements of Group I would continue to rebuild on Towne for some time.[25]

Following the campaigns for Demeter and Towne, in late 3077 Major General Walter White-Davion and the 5th Crucis Lancers were given responsibility for taking the occupied world of Ingress, working alongside the Fox's Teeth and their new commander, David McKinnon. The Fox's Teeth would play a significant role in ensuring that the campaign for Ingress was short and relatively bloodless.[26]

Later they would attack Indicass.[27]

During the assault on Terra, the Fifth Crucis Lancers, Iron Guard, and 20th Marik Militia attacked Rio de Janeiro.[28] This assault drop allowed the Coalition to capture the largest TerraSec supply depot as well as the three largest factories in the Amazon region. Their rapid advance quickly stalled against the SDS command center. The defenders were able to hold the Fifth at bay for three weeks, but a team of battle armor from the Fifth Lancers and Twentieth Marik Militia was able to infiltrate the fortress and destroy the power plant. This in turn took the SDS offline, and allowed the Coalition troops to land unmolested.[29]

After liberating Terra, the Fifth Crucis Lancers received orders to garrison New Hessen.[30]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3145 the Fifth was stationed on Taygeta. While there the world was attacked by Sung's Rangers and the 3rd McCarron's Armored Cavalry. The Fifth and the Ridgebrook CMM opposed the landing. The fighting was brutal and the Capellans lost a third of their forces, but the Lancers and Militia lost half their forces.[31]

The Fifth found itself in an unusual situation: It had plenty of spare parts for its conventional forces and could even deploy an extra battalion of Pegasus hovertanks, but its 'Mech unit lacked sufficient spares to keep a full 'Mech regiment in service. As a response, the Fifth permanently separated a battalion of 'Mechs into separate formations integrated into partner organizations composed of battle armor and vehicles. This means the Fifth Crucis Lancers of 3145 were organized into a formation that looked more like the Ceti Hussars than the Lancers.[32] The Fifth was based on Johnsondale in 3145.[33]

Officers[edit]

In 3025 the commanding officer was Marshal Mathew Agerstand.[34]

As of 3050 to 3062 the commanding officer was Hauptmann General Olaf Richardson[12], he promoted later as General.[35] He was killed in the FedCom Civil War.

As of 3067 to 3085 Marshal Meshach Felsner was the Fifth's commander.[36][21] During the Jihad, the Fifth was commanded by Major-General Walter White-Davion.[26][37]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Admiral Ryan Davion-Coles III.[33]

Tactics[edit]

The unit's individual formations are trained in independent actions. They are aggressive in defense and offensive, never staying one place for long.[12]

Composition History[edit]

2786[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers (Green/Questionable)[38]

- At this point in time the Lancers were a medium-weight regiment stationed on Remagen and were operating at full strength.[38]

2821[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers (Green/Questionable)[38]

- At this point in time the Lancers were a medium-weight regiment stationed on Goderich and had been reduced to just over a battalion in strength.[38]

2830[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers (Regular/Questionable)[39]

- At this point in time the Lancers were a medium-weight regiment and had rebuilt to roughly three-quarters of full strength. The Lancers were stationed on Goderich.[39]

2864[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers (Regular/Questionable)[39]

- At this point in time the Lancers were a heavy-weight regiment stationed on Quentin, and had been reduced to just under a battalion in size.[39]

3025[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT (Veteran/Fanatical)[34]

  • CO: Marshal Mathew Agerstand

3040[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT (Veteran/Fanatical)[40]

3050-3054[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT (Veteran/Fanatical)[35][36]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Olaf Richardson

3062[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers (2 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)[12]

  • CO: General Olaf Richardson

Fifth Crucis Lancers Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[12]

  • Ninth Crucis Lancers Aero Wing
  • Tenth Crucis Lancers Aero Wing

Fifth Crucis Lancers Armor Brigade (6 Regiments/Elite/Fanatical)[12]

  • Thirteenth Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Donato Guiseppi
  • Fourteenth Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Colonel: Elson Mortazavi
  • Fifteenth Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Colonel: Lisa Ravenwater
  • Seventy-fourth Remagen Armored Cavalry - Colonel: Joichiro Tanaka
  • 587th Federation Heavy Armor Regiment - Major General Meshach Felsner
  • 204th Defiance Scout Regiment - Colonel: Paul Matthews
  • Fifth Crucis Lancers Artillery Battalion - Major: Emil Mosthov

Fifth Crucis Lancers Infantry Brigade (6 Regiments/Veteran/Fanatical)[12]

  • CO: Leftenant General Melanie Sode
  • Aide: Major Kwinn Illari
  • Ninth Crucis Lancers Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Andrei Gorobtsov
  • Tenth Crucis Lancers Infantry Regiment - Colonel: Quan-Lu D'Aquisto
  • Ninth Crucis Lancers Mechanized Infantry Regiment - Colonel: Craig Peterson
  • Tenth Crucis Lancers Mechanized Infantry Regiment - Colonel: Babette Kiska
  • Ninety-eighth Crucis Jump Infantry - Colonel: Ping Tam

3067[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Marshal Meshach Felsner

Fifth Crucis Lancers Aerospace Brigade (Elite/Reliable)[21]

Fifth Crucis Lancers Armor Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Major General Gerald Regenor

Fifth Crucis Lancers Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Major General Halsted Sharpe

3079[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT

The Fifth Lancers lost nearly a third of their troops, barely reaching seventy percent of their pre-Jihad strength. By reassigning them to New Hessen the High Command hopes they can rebuild.[30]

3085[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[37]

  • CO: General Mesach Felsner

Fifth Crucis Lancers Aerospace Brigade (Elite/Reliable)[37]

  • CO: Commodore Vilho Lukska

Fifth Crucis Lancers Armor Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[37]

  • CO: Major General Baltasar Schubert

Fifth Crucis Lancers Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[37]

  • CO: Major General Roman Rosa

3145[edit]

Fifth Crucis Lancers RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[33]

  • CO: Admiral Ryan Davion-Coles III

Fifth Crucis Lancers Aerospace Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[33]

Fifth Crucis Lancers Armor Brigade (Veteran/Fanatical)[33]

  • CO: Major General Kelly Ballard

Fifth Crucis Lancers Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[33]

  • CO: Major General Marion Saunders

Notes[edit]

The Crucis Lancers brigade appears to have been created with the formation of the First Crucis Lancers in 2782, as the brigade didn't exist in 2765.[1] The Second Crucis Lancers were founded in 2783,[2] and the Seventh in 2784,[2] while the Third, Fourth and Fifth had been formed by 2786, although the Sixth and Eighth Crucis Lancers were formed during the First Succession War,[38] indicating that the brigade commands weren't founded in strictly numerical order. A founding date range of 2765-2785 has therefore been given for the Third, to take into account that latest date in which the Third hadn't been founded and the earliest date by which they were definitely known to exist as a command.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Field report 2765: AFFS
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 First Succession War, p. 33, "Those Left Behind (Continued)"
  3. Handbook: House Liao, p. 29, "Ilsa Liao and Chesterton - A Gamble"
  4. First Succession War, p. 93, "Far Enough: The Confederation-Suns Front"
  5. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 47, "A Proffered Hand" - Units fighting for Chesterton are named and its results.
  6. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 142 "Fifth Crucis Lancers: The Remagen Lancers" unit description
  7. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11
  8. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 38
  9. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 54
  10. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 38, "Fifth Wave"
  11. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 54, "Sakhalin"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 71, "5th Crucis Lancers Unit Profile"
  13. not listed in The Dragon Roars, pp. 10-13
  14. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 31
  15. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 54
  16. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 80-81
  17. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 124-125
  18. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 140
  19. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 155
  20. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 172
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 Field Manual: Update, p. 138, "AFFS Deployment Table - 3067"
  22. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 17
  23. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 25
  24. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 36, "Tragedy On Demeter"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 37, "The Tale Of Towne"
  26. 26.0 26.1 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 39-40, "Ingress, Fletcher Fall"
  27. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 40
  28. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  29. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 105, "Rio Goes Dark"
  30. 30.0 30.1 Field Report: AFFS, p. 11
  31. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 40
  32. Field Manual: 3145, p. 76
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 Field Manual: 3145, p. 90, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns"
  34. 34.0 34.1 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 137 (pdf version), "Kathil PDZ"
  35. 35.0 35.1 20 Year Update, p. 24, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  36. 36.0 36.1 Objective Raids, p. 17, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 70, "AFFS Deployment Table - 3085"
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 First Succession War, p. 134, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 'Fifth succession War, p. 94, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)"
  40. Historical: War of 3039, p. 136

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