801st Heavy Armored Regiment

801st Heavy Armored Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 2443)
Nickname n/a
Parent Formation Hegemony Armed Forces
Formed unknown

Overview[edit]

The 801st Heavy Armored Regiment was a unit within the Hegemony Armed Forces and one of the first military units in the Inner Sphere to be equipped with the BattleMech.

History[edit]

The Terran Hegemony was responsible for the development of the first BattleMech, with the MSK-5S Mackie entering service in 2439.[1] The pilot of the first Mackie to undergo successful testing was Colonel Charles Kincaid, a scion of the wealthy and influential Kincaid family, and Kincaid would go on to command a 'Mech company within the 801st.[2].

The first battle in the history of the Inner Sphere to involve BattleMechs also involved the 801st; a lance of Mackies from the 801st faced a company of armoured vehicles from the Draconis Combine on the planet Styx, which the Kuritans were attempting to raid.[1] The 'Mechs from the 801st easily handled the Combine tanks and their infantry support outside the city of Barbados; faced with the new Hegemony weapons on a battlefield marred by wet weather conditions and mud, only a single Combine tank and a few infantry were left alive from the raiding party at the end of the battle. This overwhelming victory proved to most that BattleMech technology would be decisive in future battles.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Era Digest: Age of War, p. 5, "The New Knights"
  2. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 186, "MSK-9H Mackie: Notable Mechwarriors"
  3. Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130), p. 41, "Planet Profile"

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