8th Galedon Regulars

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Eighth Galedon Regulars
Unit Profile (as of 3050)
Nickname "The Fate of Enemies"
Parent Formation Galedon Regulars
Formed Star League era or earlier[1]
Disbanded 3054[2] - 3059[3]

The Eighth Galedon Regulars were a heavy BattleMech regiment in service to the Draconis Combine. During the Third Succession War their 'Mech forces were two thirds heavy and assault units and they only used the heaviest light and medium 'Mechs.[4]

History[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

During the Star League era the Eighth Galedon Regulars shared a common structure with the other regiments of the Galedon Regulars, due to the threat posed by the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns. This common structure saw the First assigned a swathe of conventional regiments for support - five armor regiments and five infantry regiments, an artillery regiment and a reinforced aerospace fighter wing. Second only to the Sword of Light regiments in priority, the various Galedon Regulars regiments had excellent levels of supplies, and a high level of access to new BattleMechs and equipment.[1]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 3011 the unit was reinvirgorated by fusing an independent assault battlaion, another assault battalion from the Prosepina Hussars and a third battalion with green experience.[5]

In 3012 the unit was sent to McComb to reinforce the 12th Galedon Regulars that was facing certain destruction by a powerful Davion force. Only it's timely arrival, by the usage of a dangerous Pirate Point saved the 12th.[5]

At the beginning of 3025 the unit was stationed on Marlowe’s Rift.[6]

The Eighth Galedon Regulars participated in the Galtor campaign during 3025. During their withdrawal, they were forced to arm their technical staff to provide enough covering fire,[7] which was named Galedon Tech Defense League.[8]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

September 12 3028 the Eighth dropped onto Harrow's Sun and engaged the Wolf's Dragoons in what turned into a long protracted siege.[9] Elements of the Eighth faced elements of Wolf's Dragoons Epsilon Regiment.[10] They spent several months besieging the Dragoons, who had taken shelter in an AFFS fortress named Fort Belvoir. After several months of ineffective aerospace fighter and BattleMech strikes, the Eighth deployed combat engineers who tunneled into the fort. Infantry attached to the Galedon Regulars seized multiple high points in the fortress itself and killed the Federated Suns militia assisting the Dragoons. As the Dragoons turned to face this threat, the Galedon Regulars' BattleMechs charged through the minefields and attacked. The Dragoons and Regulars fought for several days, but eventually the Dragoons were forced to withdraw to Crossing.[11][12]

The Eighth Galedon Regulars pursued the Dragoons to Crossing. As the Dragoons established a fortification at Tartarus Caldera, the Eighth arrived and set up camp along the caldera's southern edge. This allowed them to use a wide four-lane road to reach the summit. They advanced at the same time other Galedon Regulars regiments assaulted the Caldera. Though they were able to use the road, this also exposed them to heavy fire from the Dragoons.[13] They faced the Black Widow Company and fought Colonel Jaime Wolf himself.[14] Eventually the Dragoons prevailed, and the Eighth started a withdrawal from the caldera. They faced Dragoon infantry armed with Inferno missiles. The infantry ignited several 'Mechs, but none were lost.[15][16]

War of 3039[edit]

The Eighth, along with the remaining bulk of the Sixth Benjamin Regulars, were assigned to recapture the BattleMech manufacturing planet of Marduk for the Combine under the command of the Sixth's Commanding Officer Sho-sho Goros. Undermanned and outnumbered, hampered by the old-school "victory or death" suicide charges and bitter arguments between unit commanders, the Combine taskforce suffered heavy losses but held on in desperation in the remains of a Succession Wars era fort. The DCMS taskforce was ultimately saved by the recall of all AFFS combat units from the Draconis Combine, returning Marduk to Combine hands.[17]

Clan Invasion[edit]

In 3050 the unit was stationed on Deshler.[18]

The Eighth Galedon Regulars regiment was decimated during the Clan Invasion. The surviving units of the Eighth were combined with the Thirty-fourth Galedon Regulars to form the Forty-second Galedon Regulars.[3]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 8th Benjamin Regulars
Sho-sho Victor Nicholas 3011 - 3029[9][5][6]
Tai-sa Homai Lu 3039[19]
Tai-sa Hjordis Lee 3050[18]
Tai-sa Richard Hanson 3054[2]

Notes[edit]

Tai-sa Richard Hanson was given command of the 42nd Galedon Regulars when the Eighth and the Thirty-fourth were merged in 3054.[20]

Tactics[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

Due to the high number of Sun Zhang Military Academy and Galedon Military Academy recruits within the Galedon Regulars, the Regulars often displayed fanatical loyalty and courage. However, the elitism displayed by these same recruits led to poor coordination between the Regulars and the attached convention forces, who were often used as cannon fodder.[1]

Sucession Wars Era[edit]

In 3025 the unit has no specialty.[21]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[1]

- At this point in time the Regulars were stationed on Worrell.[1] attached to the Regulars were a reinforced wing of aerospace fighters, an artillery regiment, five infantry regiments and five armoured regiments.[1]

2786[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[22]

- At this point in time the Regulars were a light-weight regiment stationed on Worrell and were operating at full strength.[22]

2821[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[22]

- At this point in time the Regulars were a light-weight regiment stationed on Marlow's Rift and were operating at just below half-strength.[22]

2864[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[23]

- At this point in time the Regulars were a medium-weight regiment stationed on Marlow's Rift and were operating at approximately one-sixth above full strength.[23]

2830[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Veteran/Reliable)[23]

- At this point in time the Regulars were a medium-weight regiment stationed on Thestria and were operating at just below two-thirds of full strength.[23]

3025[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [24][25][5]

  • CO: Brigadier General Victor Nicholas

The unit is classified as Heavy.[21]

The unit had assigned a Star Lord JumpShip as well as three Union-class DropShips and two Leopard-class DropShips.

Regimental BattleGroup
(Four Armor Lances, two 'Mech Lances)
De Montcalm's Battalion 
CO: Sir Henry Gates
  • Battalion Headquarters ('Mech)
  • Baird's Company ('Mech)
  • Junction's Company ('Mech)
  • O'Neill's Company ('Mech)
Morgan's Battalion
  • Battalion Headquarters ('Mech)
  • Hawke's Company ('Mech)
  • Crawford's Company ('Mech)
  • Sherman's Company ('Mech)
Gates' Battalion
  • Battalion Headquarters ('Mech)
  • Oku's Company ('Mech)
  • Gough's Company ('Mech)
  • Lancaster's Company ('Mech)
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Marlowe's Rift. [6]

3028[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment)

XO:
Bravo Company[26]
Command Lance
Assault Lance
Attack Lance
Charlie Company[26]
Attack Lance
  • 2nd Battalion:
  • 3rd Battalion:

3040[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[27]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Deshler. [27]

3050[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[18]

  • CO: Tai-sa Hjordis Lee[18]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Deshler.[18]

3054[edit]

Eighth Galedon Regulars (Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Tai-sa Richard Hanson

Rules[edit]

Historical Turning Points: Galtor[edit]

  • The Eighth are an assault regiment, and as such they carry a disproportionately large number of heavier units; even their light ’Mechs are of the heavier types. When rolling for random forces, the Eighth automatically assign two-thirds their force with heavy and assault ’Mechs, while their light and medium ’Mechs are composed of the heaviest tonnage units available in their class.[28]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Report 2765: DCMS, p. 12, "Galedon Regulars"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Objective Raids, p.27
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 68, "Unit Profile"
  4. Historical Turning Points: Galtor, p. 7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Galtor Campaign, p. 56 "8th Galedon Regulars"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p.133
  7. Technical Readout: 3026, Revised Edition, p. 18
  8. The Galtor Campaign, p. 58 "Galedon Tech Defense League"
  9. 9.0 9.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 66
  10. The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, pp. 34-35
  11. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, pp. 10-11
  12. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 41
  13. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 31
  14. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 32
  15. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 37
  16. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), pp. 42-43
  17. Historical: War of 3039, pp 91-92.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 20-Year Update, p. 41
  19. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 91-93, "Marduk (August - October)"
  20. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 68, "Unit Profile"
  21. 21.0 21.1 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 143 "Galedon Regulars"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 First Succession War, p. 137, "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (DCMS)"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Second Succession War, p. 97, "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (DCMS)"
  24. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 135
  25. The Galtor Campaign, p. 26 "Phase Two Units - House Kurita"
  26. 26.0 26.1 The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, p. 35
  27. 27.0 27.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 138 >Historical: War of 3039, p. 138
  28. Historical Turning Points: Galtor, p. 7

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