8th Donegal Guards

Donegalguards08th.png
Eighth Donegal Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Boston Regiment (2765)[1]
Mud Wrestlers (3145)
Parent Formation Donegal Guards
Formed

History[edit]

Third Succession War[edit]

The Eighth Donegal Guards were stationed on Port Moseby in 2765.[1]

In 2895, Archon Elizabeth Steiner sent the Eighth Donegal to Skye, with Narhal's Raiders, and twelve armor and infantry regiments. The force assisted the Seventeenth Skye Rangers in their defense against the Draconis Combine in what would become known as the Battle of Skye.[2] The Eighth, along with other forces that were sent, fought a fierce, 13 month battle for the planet. The battle was a huge success for the Lyran forces, but use of a tactical nuclear weapon against a strategically important dam and many atrocities of the Lyran forces tarnished the victory.

The unit, while not involved in the use of nuclear weapons, was judged guilty of other atrocities during the Skye battle. As a result the officers of the unit aren't considered gentlemen, and forbidden to use braids on their uniforms.[3]

The unit earned its nickname, 'Mud Wrestlers', at the battle of Coopers Creek on Skye, when an ambush on a Combine patrol degraded into close-combat in wetlands.[3]

By 3025, the unit had been stationed to the world of Sevren.[4]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In the Fourth Succession War, the unit fought on Moritz and Stanzach.[3]

Rasalhague and the War of 3039[edit]

In 3034 when the Lyran Commonwealth was forced to relinquish many of its wartime gains to the new nation of Rasalhague, a number of clashes between Lyran and Rasalhagian troops took place. Captain Schmelling's company of the Eighth Donegal Guards took part in the most serious of these, brawling with Bravo Company, Second Battalion of the First Drakøns regiment.[5]

In the War of 3039, the unit got tied down in the fighting on Altais, and lost a third of its strength before it was able to disengage and retreat.[3]

Clan Invasion Era[edit]

Prior to the invasion of the Clans, the Eighth was stationed in the Davion side of the Federated Commonwealth. It was located in the Capellan March region as part of the Alcyone Command on the world of Monhegan in 3050.[6]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

Battle of Kathil[edit]

After Victor Steiner-Davion put out his call to arms, the Loyalist-leaning 8th Donegal Guards was preparing to assist fellow loyalist units on Alcyone. However, they received orders from the Archon-Princess to reinforce the battered and near-depleted Eighth Federated Commonwealth RCT on Kathil. On February 3063, the 8th Donegal, backed up by two free Aerospace Wings and free armored brigade from Gallitzin. However, not all of the Aerospace Wing assets had arrived, and so were unable to firmly secure aerospace superiority against the Kathil CMM & First Capellan Dragoons. The Eighth's Aerospace forces fought an aerospace battle against General Sampreis's aerospace assets. They managed to successfully land their forces in three separate locations on planet. After its landing, the 8th Donegal fought its way to the planetary capital of District City. The attack was to help the 8th to link up with the battered 8th FedCom at the city.[7]

The Eighth Donegal combined with the Eighth FedCom to push back the Allied forces through District City to secure a secondary GM Plant in the nearby city of Radcliffe. The Kathil CMM counter-attacked by hitting loyalist's holdings, causing the 8th Donegal's attack to lessen. Unfortunately, the raids slowed the 8th Donegal's efforts enough for allies’ Sixth Syrtis Fusiliers RCT land on 18th to reinforce the allied units. Four days later, Marshal Nathaniel Hasek arrived quietly, taking command of ally’s efforts on planet.

On the 2nd March, the 8th Donegal and its ally vacated its positions they had gained in District City and GM Plant to go on the offensive against CMM. However, the Mud Wrestlers as 8th is sometimes is known by began to be bogged down by winter weather hitting the southern hemisphere of Kathil. The allies began pound on the 8th FedCom ally to the north, while Guard units were stuck in foul weather. It was not until May the Eighth was able to organized strikes against Marshal Hasek's task-force, hitting the Kathil CMM yet again in District City. With coordination of the 8th FedCom, the unit conducted a three week campaign against the CMM, where they shattered militia unit. Despite efforts of Marshal Hasek taking vital a aerospace base and nearby city. Situation changed when allied force in the form of the Fifth Davion Guards RCT in late July.[8]

The 8th Donegal in January 3064 attempted to conduct a flank rear-flanking on continent of Furillo. However, they were stopped by the actions 1st Capellans. The unit was split in two by the attack and became isolated in Woodbine city region. General Pashik, instructed his forces to destroy series of dams that stopped the 1st Capellans from taking further actions against them in February.

In late March, the 8th FedCom's Commander, General Weintraub, was killed in action. However, his final orders sealed the fate of the 1st Capellan Dragoons. General order remaining troops to converge on his position attack 1st Capellans, despite his headquarters were overwhelmed by 5th Davion Guards, leaving 8th Donegal's commander leading loyalist officer on planet.

In July 3064, loyalist reinforcements arrived in the form of the Second Chisholm's Raiders, backed up by a naval squadron of assault DropShips. Despite Allied naval blockade consisting of two Avalon Cruisers, Hanse Davion and Andrew Davion, a large portion of loyalist unit made planetfall to assist General Pashik's dire situation. The arrival of the Raiders changed situation for the Loyalist forces. They immediately assaulted the GM Plant near District City after their landing, then later worked to retake the city itself from the allies. Drawing enemy forces away from Woodbine, the 8th Donegal broke out allies defensive lines attempt to link up with General Helen Eisener and her RCT in District City. Marshal Hasek, forced into action moved secure cities of Carter City and Burlington. By September, the Eighth Donegal managed to linkup with the 2nd Chishom. This is after they devastating Marshal Hasek's forces in city of Greenhaven with artillery and missile bombardment. With destruction of allied forces in Greenhaven, the two loyalist forces retired from the field to District City.

January 2nd, 3065, combined-arms brigade of the 8th Donegal slammed into the Fifth Davion Guard's string of artillery firebases. Over course of week, brigade consisting of newly built 'Mechs and tanks of scattered the Fifth Davion from the bases. Combined with the Second Chisholm's Raiders, the Eighth drilled into a single brigade of the Fifth Davion. Combined loyalist force pushed them from Tormad Valley and it firebase. General Pashik then had his forces form defensive line around new string of fire bases his forces had seized. All forces exhausted, three week ceasefire was established.

On the 8th of March, proved to be the turning point for the Eighth. As the allied reinforcement arrived in the form of First Federated Suns Armored Cavalry RCT arrived in orbit, dropped on Eighth Donegal's rear lines. This lead to allied units, striking the weakened RCT's frontlines at the same time. The 8th Donegal folded in at end of May, with prior to capture it commanding officer.[9]

The 8th FedCom was absorbed by the 8th Donegal at some point during the conflict on Kathil.[10]

As of 1st August 3067, the Eighth was on Kathil and down to 15% strength.[11]

Jihad[edit]

The Eighth Donegal Guards, find themselves facing three different Capellan Confederation regiments part of a Operation: Thunderstrike's Task Force Shen Lung in May of 3069. The overwhelm by the massive military power and still reeling from the damage done from the FedCom Civil War, the unit was believed destroyed.[12]

However, it was able to rebuild, and managed to be enough of a nuisance that the Blakists that attacked Kathil later nuked the whole unit.[13] The unit was completely destroyed along with the world.[14]

Dark Age[edit]

The Eighth was rebuilt as a Light Combat Team after the end of the Jihad and posted to Crimond. There they act as a deterrent to both Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf.[15]

They were re-formed in 3137 and posted to guard Hesperus II. They received a boost from the disbandment of the Seventh Donegal Guards after that unit was heavily damaged in fighting on Tharkad. These new troops swelled the Eighth and provided more tactical experience. In 3145 they were stationed on Caledonia and launched raids against systems held by the Wolf Empire and Clan Jade Falcon. These raids served a defensive purpose: By raiding the Clan worlds and forcing them to respond to the raids, the Clan forces couldn't attack Hesperus II.[16]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 8th Donegal Guards
Marshal Isador Bertini[6] 3050

Hauptmann-GeneralHauptmann General

Galen Meinecke[17] 3054

Hauptmann-GeneralHauptmann General

Tadeusz Pashik, a native of Wei.[3][11] 3062 to 3067

Leutnant-GeneralLeutnant General

Jason Smith[18]

3085

Leutnant-ColonelLeutnant Colonel

Lucrecia Sheridan.[19] 3145

Tactics[edit]

The heavy elements stand in the front of the enemy and hold them in place for the surrounding with the lighter more mobile machines for flanking/rear attacks.[3]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[1]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Port Moseby.

2786 - 2821[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [20]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Port Moseby. In 2821 the command was reduced to 34 percent of its strength and was deployed on Port Moseby. [20]

2830[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [21]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Port Moseby with an operational readiness of 87 percent. [21]

2864[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical) [21]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Buckminster with an operational readiness of 27 percent. [21]

3025[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (Veteran/Reliable)[4]

3040[edit]

8th Donegal Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[22]

3050[edit]

8th Donegal Guards RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [6]

  • CO: Marshal Isador Bertini [6]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Monhegan. [6]

3054[edit]

8th Donegal Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[17]
CO: Hauptmann General Galen Meinecke

3062[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[3]
CO: Hauptmann General Tadeusz Pashik
Aide: Leutnant General Alun Lewis

8th Donegal Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[3]
CO: Leutnant General Pierre Condorelli
- 14th Donegal Guards Wing
- 62ndDonegal Guards Wing

8th Donegal Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[3]
CO: Leutnant General Hubert Beazly
Aide: Kommandant Annabelle Laclos
- 367th Donegal Armored Cavalry Regiment: Leutnant General Giavani Allen
- 42nd Donegal Heavy Armor Regiment: Leutnant General Chapman Mustafa
- 47th Loxley Light Tank: Leutnant General Corinne Paquin

8th Donegal Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[3]
CO: Leutnant Generall Charles Gruber
Aide: Kommandant Ramesh Chandra
- 17th Moneghan Infantry Regiment: Leutnant General Ilras Miah
- 194th Donegal Heavy Infantry Regiment: Leutnant General David Hill
- 22nd Lyndon Motorized Regiment: Leutnant General Dai Mansaray
- 331st Donegal Mechanized Rifles: Leutnant General Julianne Ruddle
- 311th Donegal Jump Regiment: Leutnant General Moksod Samtani
- The 311th includes two Platoons of Fenrir battle armor)

3067[edit]

8th Donegal Guards RCT (Elite/Reliable)[11]
CO: Hauptmann General Tadeusz Pasnik

8th Donegal Aerospace (Elite/Reliable)[11]
CO: Leutnant Kommodore Pierre Condorelli

8th Donegal Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[11]
CO: Leutnant General Pascal Bell

Eighth Donegal Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[11]
CO: Leutnant General Ramesh Chandra

3085[edit]

8th Donegal Guards LCT (Green/Fanatical)[18]
CO: Leutnant General Jason Smith

8th Donegal Aerospace (Green/Reliable)[18]
CO: Colonel Godafried Horvatincic

8th Donegal Armor Brigade (Regular/Reliable)[18]
CO: Colonel Mikala Hodges

8th Donegal Infantry Brigade (G/F)[18]
CO: Colonel Tybalt Pfaff

3145[edit]

8th Donegal Guards (Elite/Fanatical)[19]
CO: Leutnant Colonel Lucrecia Sheridan

17th Caledonian Cavalry (Veteran/Reliable)[19]
CO: Colonel Shaina Ponce

8th Caledonian Hussars (Veteran/Fanatical)[19]
CO: Colonel Mariko Grooms

Notes[edit]

The officers of the Eighth are explicitly forbidden to wear service braids with their dress uniforms, as a result of the unit's alleged involvement in atrocities on Skye in 2895.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 11, "Donegal Guards" - Regimental Status
  2. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 69, "The Battle for Skye (2895)" - 8th Donegal sent in to help with defense of Skye.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 69, "8th Donegal Guards Unit Profile"
  4. 4.0 4.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 116, "Deployment Table - 3025"
  5. 20 Year Update, p. 49
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 20 Year Update, p. 21, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  7. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 56, "8th Donegal assaults Kathil to assist the beleaguered 8th FedCom RCT for the Loyalists".
  8. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 56-57, "8th Donegal Guards enter battle take Kathil".
  9. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 124, "Last chapter of 8th Donegal's fight on Kathil".
  10. Field Manual: Updates, p. 169, "Donegal Guards"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Field Manual: Updates, p. 179, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  12. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 20, "Operation Thunderstrike, Fourth Wave, 8th Donegal Guards are wiped out by Capellan forces".
  13. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 98
  14. Field Report: LAAF, p. 11
  15. Field Manual: 3085, p. 100
  16. Field Manual: 3145, p. 127
  17. 17.0 17.1 Objective Raids, p. 14, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 109, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Donegal Province"
  20. 20.0 20.1 ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 139
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 99
  22. Historical: War of 3039, p. 137

Bibliography[edit]