6th Lyran Guards Division
|Sixth Lyran Guards Division|
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Parent Formation||Lyran Guards|
Star League Era
The origin of the Sixth Lyran Guards Division and her assorted sister divisions lay in the sheer size of the Lyran Guards brigade. The largest brigade within the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces during the Star League era - and possibly the Age of War and the early Succession Wars - the Lyran Guards was the only brigade to have a series of permanently-staffed headquarters established between the regimental and brigade levels. The original divisional structure called for each division to be responsible for ten regiments, but this practise came to include those regiments struck from the rolls over the history of the Lyran Guards. By 2765 only one division had a full ten active regiments under it's command: the First.
Originally established as the divisional headquarters which would have been responsible for the Fifty-first through Sixtieth Lyran Guards regiments, it is unclear if all of those regiments had ever mustered, and by the mid-twenty-eighth century the number of regiments commanded by the Sixth had dwindled to just two. At some point prior to 2765 the LCAF High Command made the decision to disband the Sixth Division's headquarters, folding the two surviving regiments - the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Lyran Guards - into the Fifth Lyran Guards Division and thereby saving millions of kroner a year in administrative and operational costs.
During this era the Lyran Guards lacked any particular political ties - either regional or familial - unlike other brigades and formations; commonly assigned to garrison postings, the regiments of the Lyran Guards were postings of choice for those who wanted to work for the Commonwealth without either regional loyalties or particular ambitions. This led to the Lyran Guards Divisions being manned by soldiers who were professional, but without the close-knit ties found in more parochial regiments. The LCAF was intent on generating more camaraderie and esprit de corps amongst the Lyran Guards regiments, but with little success prior to the dissolution of the Sixth.
- Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"