Alpha Galaxy (Clan Steel Viper)

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Alpha Galaxy
Unit Profile (as of 3075)
Nickname Steel Viper Galaxy
Parent Formation Clan Steel Viper Touman
Formed
Disbanded 3075 (Destroyed)


History[edit]

Alpha Galaxy was based on Arcadia for much of its existence.

Operation Revival[edit]

Together with Beta, Gamma and Zeta Galaxies, Alpha formed the Steel Viper contribution to the invasion of the Inner Sphere.

Alpha Galaxy and it's component units fought on the following worlds during the fifth wave of the invasion:

Tukayyid[edit]

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Post-Tukayyid Action[edit]

Clusters from Alpha Galaxy captured the following planets from Clan Jade Falcon in the years after the invasion halted:

During the expulsion from the Inner Sphere Alpha lost two entire clusters in the fighting, with other clusters sustaining significant damage.[1]

Galaxy Commander Hoskins won the bid to spearhead the assault on Lum in 3065 against Clan Snow Raven.[1] Alpha quickly overcame the defender at the landing zones, and soon expanded the holdings on the planet. Alpha was eventually forced to retreat due to lack of supplies and opportunistic Trials by Clan Jade Falcon.[2]

The Wars of Reaving[edit]

The Seventh and Eighth Reserve Battle Clusters of Clan Coyote ambushed the Alpha Newt Cluster outside of Tolson, on Foster in 3072 decimating them. However, both Coyote clusters were caught in a counter-attack by Alpha Galaxy and were themselves destroyed.[3]

At the end of 3072 Alpha Galaxy arrived at Hellgate surprising a small Coyote fleet. The Vipers won the ensuing naval battle and landed the Second Viper Guards on planet to investigate why the Coyotes had been interested in the world.The Second landed on the outskirts of Gehenna City having received no replies to their hails. Star Colonel Geoff Mercer moved to take the city. As the Guards approached through the only mountain pass they were ambushed by Society bandits. The bandits brought down part of the mountainside on top of the Guards, blocking the pass and killing Star Colonel Mercer. The second was forced to withdraw. Galaxy Commander Hoskins then order the orbital bombardment of Gehenna City and other settlements across the planet, leaving few alive when Alpha departed.[4]

In September 3074 a large Viper force of four Galaxies arrived at Tokasha. Finding Clan Blood Spirit forces in a position to take the entire planet the Vipers called their own Trial of Possession for it. The Blood Spirits had three Galaxies on planet and the Vipers landed all four of their to oppose them. The Vipers moved against each Galaxy in turn first crushing Zeta in Koche Mountains. Beta Galaxy found itself outflanked by the Spirits' Omicron Galaxy, but the timely arrival of Nu Galaxy crushed the defenders. Only the arrival of aerospace fighters bombing the Viper lines allowed a few of the warriors to escape. The assault by Gamma Galaxy overran the defensive line of Omega Galaxy allowing Alpha Galaxy to push on to the Blood Spirits headquarters killing their Khan. [5]

In December 3074 the Vipers launched a massive assault on against Clan Coyote on Tamaron with six Galaxies and a large naval force. The Viper warships opened up holes in the Coyote SDS allowing the DropShips a path through. Alpha Galaxy led the way but it wasn't long until all six Galaxies had made planetfall despite the fierce aerospace attacks. After a week fighting the Vipers finally forced the remnant of the Coyote navy to flee. The ground forces made for their objectives, several major factory complexes in the Apache Mountains. Securing these cost the Coyotes both Epsilon and Lambda Galaxies. The Viper assault then turned toward the planetary capital of San Mateo By 16 December the city was surrounded. Four Coyote Galaxies had been destroyed, but at the cost of three of the Viper's own.[6]

IlKhan Andrews' violation of the Council's rules and traditions by shooting Khan N'Buta during the meeting pushed the Cloud Cobra Khan Hollyann Kardaan to condemned the act as evidence of the Steel Vipers' corruption, calling for an Annihilation of the Clan. Alpha were defending New Kent when a combined Clan force attacked in December 3075. After an epic naval battle that saw over 500 Viper fighters engage and destroyed the last of the Viper capitol ships the Clans landed. Over a quarter of the transport DropShips had been destroyed in space and the ground batteries took a further toll. The Blood Spirt's land first followed by the Stone Lions, silencing the batteries and allowing the rest of the assault force to land. After a week of fighting the Vipers including Alhpha Galaxy were surrounded. The final assault eventually came after a lull in fighting, but the Vipers turn the shattered street of New Kent City into a fortress and could not be dislodged. As the casualties mounted the new ilKhan recalled his forces and obliterated the city and all surviving Steel Vipers with an orbital bombardment.[7]

Officers[edit]

In 3061 the Commanding Officer was saKhan Brett Andrews, who took command in 3058. In 3065 to 3067 the commander was Galaxy Commander Kimberly Hoskins and her Aide was Star Colonel Jer Sinclair.[1][8]

Tactics[edit]

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Composition History[edit]

3051-3052[edit]

Alpha Galaxy

3052-3053[edit]

Alpha Galaxy[13]

3054-3058[edit]

Alpha Galaxy[14][15]

  • 1st Viper Guards
  • 2nd Viper Guards
  • 4th Viper Guards
  • 400th Assault Cluster

3061[edit]

Alpha Galaxy

3067[edit]

Alpha Galaxy [8]

  • 1st Viper Guards
  • 2nd Viper Guards
  • 400th Assault Cluster
  • Alpha Newt Cluster

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Manual: Update, p. 67
  2. Field Manual: Update, p. 66
  3. The Wars of Reaving, p. 106
  4. The Wars of Reaving, p.111-112
  5. The Wars of Reaving, p.138-139
  6. The Wars of Reaving, p. 142-143
  7. The Wars of Reaving, p.149-150
  8. 8.0 8.1 Field Manual: Update, p. 79
  9. 9.0 9.1 Invading Clans, p. 88
  10. Tukayyid (scenario pack), p. 86
  11. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 143
  12. Clan Troops, p. 52-53
  13. Invading Clans, p. 89-90
  14. Objective Raids, p. 30
  15. Invading Clans, p. 93-4

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