6th Army (Star League)

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6th Army
Unit Profile (as of 2765)
Nickname
Parent Formation Star League Defense Force
Formed unknown

The Star League Defense Force's 6th Army was assigned to operations within the Capellan Confederation Military Region.[1]

History[edit]

Commanded by the Army Headquarters on Sadurni, the 6th Army was one of three light Armies within the SLDF; both the 6th and its sister Armies, the 5th Army and 7th Army, were structured as light Armies with just three corps, a reflection of the densely-packed but relatively small area of space covered by the Capellan Confederation compared to the other Star League member states.[2][3]

The 6th Army was responsible for the border between the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns, and had been forced to sit by and watch as the two states fought a border war from 2760 until 2762. Their lack of strong transports and their small size compared to other Armies were the main cause of this inaction. This, combined with the traditional Capellan disdain for the SLDF, led to the Capellan citizens holding the Sixth in contempt. This disdain, combined with constant border raids, pirate actions, and a poor supply situation had reduced the morale of the Sixth Army's component commands. Further exacerbating the problem was the lack of transport assets, which forced the Sixth Army to maintain a static defense. As a result, many worlds in their area of responsibility were protected by Capellan militia units. These worlds saw three times the number of raids seen by other worlds garrisoned by units of the Sixth.[3]

That inaction changed when the Periphery Uprising began, with both the 6th and 7th Armies being called forward as reinforcements for the battered SLDF Armies within the Periphery. Both the 6th and 7th Armies were deployed into the Taurian Concordat, with the 6th responsible for spearheading the various SLDF assaults in the anti-spinward region of the Concordat. The 6th Army lost seven Divisions in combat with an eighth being disbanded; this represented more than half the combat strength of the 6th Army, with XXXVIII Corps effectively destroyed as a formation and LXIII Corps taking significant losses.[2]

Officers[edit]

In 2765 the commanding officer of the 6th Army was General Janeth Apostolaki.[2] General Apostolaki was noteworthy as a native of Sirius who climbed the ranks of the SLDF's Royal Command.[3]

Corps of the 6th Army[edit]

2765[edit]

2772[edit]

  • LXIII Corps
  • LVII Corps

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

  • 6 BattleMech Divisions[2]
  • 9 Infantry Divisions[2]
  • 4 Independent Regiments[2]

2772[edit]

  • 3 BattleMech Divisions
  • 4 Infantry Divisions

References[edit]

  1. The Star League, p. 152
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 43, "Sixth Army"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Field Manual: SLDF, p. 87

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