7th Royal BattleMech Division

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7th Royal BattleMech Division
Unit Profile (as of 2764)
Nickname The Keid Division
Parent Formation X Corps
Formed unknown

The Seventh Royal BattleMech Division was a part of the Star League Defense Force Regular Army. It was one of the SLDF's Royal units, which consisted of troops from the Terran Hegemony.

History[edit]

The Seventh Royal BattleMech Division was the first SLDF unit to be composed almost entirely of "Striker" regiments. Populated mostly by light and medium 'Mech designs, the Striker formation was intended to harass enemy forces and exploit breakthroughs that other units created in enemy lines. A typical Striker regiment had AeroSpace Fighters attached to it, but the Striker regiments of the Seventh Royal BattleMech Division exchanged all their AeroSpace Fighters for LAMs. Jump capable 'Mechs were also common in the Seventh Division with commanders going so far as to limit the number of non-jumping 'Mechs to a company. As it was so mobile, the Seventh was able to quickly intercept any enemy force on a world in a matter of hours.[1]

Though most divisions composed like the Seventh were used to pin down an enemy until heavier forces could arrive, the Seventh was used as a hunter-killer formation. The lighter units of the Seventh would identify an enemy's command structure and then heavier units from the Division would destroy it. This quickly caused their opponents to collapse as their leadership was gone.[1]

In 2764 the Seventh was stationed on Keid[2], the unit was assigned, as a part of the X Corps, First Army, to the Terran Military Region and then transferred to District 1 of the Lyran Commonwealth Military Region in 2765 to take part in the New Vandenberg Uprising.[3] The Seventh was destroyed during the Hegemony Campaign.[3]

Officers[edit]

The commanding officer in 2764 was Major General Isaac Harrison.[4]

Composition[edit]

As an SLDF BattleMech Division the Seventh would have been composed with two Brigades of 'Mech regiments and a brigade of Mechanized Infantry regiments.[5]

2764[edit]

  • 71st Royal Brigade [4]
  • Heavy Assault Regiment (2 Battalions of Pillager BattleMechs)
  • Heavy Assault Regiment (2 Battalions of Pillager BattleMechs)
  • Heavy Assault Regiment (2 Battalions of Pillager BattleMechs)
  • 72nd Royal Brigade
  • 73rd Royal Brigade

Game Rules[edit]

If the Seventh's opponent has a Commander on the field that receives a special skill or bonus, members of the Seventh make all weapon attacks against that unit with a -1 to hit bonus.[6]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Era Report: 2750, p. 54
  2. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 251, "SLDF - Terran Hegemony Military Command Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Star League, p. 140, "First"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Field Manual: SLDF, p. 41, "7th Royal BattleMech Division"
  5. The Star League, p. 133
  6. Era Report: 2750, p. 142

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