Ariana Grenadiers

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Ariana Grenadiers
Unit Profile (as of 3025)
Nickname Men of Harlech[1]
Parent Formation Chesterton Reserves
Formed ca. 2752-2760[2]

History[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

The Ariana Grenadiers were founded by the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces in the wake of the repeal of the Council Edict of 2650 by the Star League council in 2572, a decision that allowed the various Great Houses to significantly expand their military forces. The Grenadiers were an experienced unit from the outset, having been created by merging a number of home guard troops from the Tikonov region with expatriate free companies from the Chesterton worlds. The Ariana Grenadiers proved their worth when they repulsed an Armed Forces of the Federated Suns attack on the capital of Halloran V in 2761.[1]

By 2765 the Ariana Grenadiers were the pre-eminent fighting force of the Chesterton Reserves brigade, a battle-hardened unit that had earned the enmity of the Federated Suns; the Federated Suns regarded the Grenadiers as rebels and had made demands for many of the Grenadiers' personnel to be turned over to the Federated Suns to face criminal charges.[1]

The Grenadiers participated in the capture of Demeter from House Davion in 2765. They successfully defended against FedSuns incursions against House Liao's food producing planets in the Prefecture's Coreward worlds.

In 2778 the 2nd Ariana's Armor unit participated in a rare "Armor vs Armor" battle against a Davion mercenary company known as Simpson's Samurai on Genoa.[2]

One of the Grenadier's most famous fights was against a heavily fortified outpost on New Florence. The unit's attack in 2782 was dramatized in a holodrama known as the Charge of No Return. The battle to take the outpost cost the unit a number of Griffin and Shadow Hawk BattleMechs during multiple charges against the outpost's defenders in the Cresidain Plateau. The peak of this battle occurred when they captured the Davion defenders' DropShip.[2]

Early Succession Wars[edit]

When news of the massacre on Kentares IV touched off a wave of AFFS attacks throughout the local region, Ronel became a flashpoint for conflict, a decade after its capture by Capellan forces. This time, it was the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery who invaded. The Thirty-fifth Dieron Regulars landed on Ronel in March, facing off against the Ariana Grenadiers and two supporting regiments of sealed armor. The Grenadiers were still acclimatizing to Ronel, which had a higher gravity than their previous posting, Demeter, as well as being a much more desolate planet. When the Dieron Regulars struck at the Grenadiers in the gnarled forests near the city of Lenor, the Grenadiers found themselves mired in confusion and badly disorientated by the mix of smokescreen and incendiary munitions used by the Regulars' artillery support. The Grenadiers became scattered, and the Regulars launched air strikes against the supporting armor forces; with half of the armor wiped out, the Grenadiers attempted to pull back and rally, only to find that their scattered ranks had been reduced to little more than a battalion of 'Mechs. The Regulars continued to press the Grenadiers, turning their retreat into a rout; when the Grenadiers evacuated by DropShip, the CCAF initially listed the regiment as having been destroyed, but enough forces survived the evacuation to allow the regiment to be reconstituted later. In addition to those survivors who made it away by DropShip, almost a battalion of armour and 'Mechs had been left behind during the frantic retreat; under pressure from the victorious Combine forces, and convinced that they had been shipped to Ronel as sacrificial lambs, the survivors on Ronel abandoned the CCAF and formed a new mercenary unit, the Bad Dream, accepting an immediate contract from the DCMS.[3]

Later in the 1st Succession War, the Grenadiers were re-organized and given additional fire-power, which included captured Marauders and specially trained Jump Troops. In this period, the Grenadiers were successful in raiding a fuel depot on Lee in 2812.[2]

During the Second Succession War in 2874 the Grenadiers' station on Ingersoll was devastated in a surprise attack by the Free Worlds Guards. The unit was rescued by the timely arrival of Warrior House Ijori which saved the world from occupation. However, the unit's heavy artillery was lost in the battle.[2]

Late Succession Wars Era and Destruction[edit]

The unit was stationed on New Hessen between 2998 and 3007 when House Davion's Deneb Light Cavalry conducted a series of raids during the Grenadiers' defense of the planet. Near the end of this time, the Grenadiers Aerospace Fighter force's poor performance caused the unit problems but its infantry and Panther BattleMechs coordinated action was able to successfully fend of the Light Cav's attack.[2]

In the 4th Succession War the unit was destroyed in their failed defense of Tikonov.

Officers[edit]

As of 3025, the commanding officer was Colonel Rudolph Baxter.[2]

Tactics[edit]

The unit generally was used for offensive attacks in raids and also to defend the Tikonov Prefecture.[2]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

  • Ariana Grenadiers
- At this point the Ariana Grenadiers were a fanatically loyal veteran BattleMech regiment assigned to the world of Almach.[1]

3025[edit]

  • CO: Colonel Rudolph Baxter
  • 1st Battalion: Major Athena Culaincort

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Field Report 2765: Capellan Confederation, p. 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 83, "Ariana Grenadier Unit Profile.
  3. First Succession War, p. 82, "Caught In The Capellan Crossfire"

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