|Unit Profile (as of 3025)|
|Nickname||Men of Harlech|
|Parent Formation||Chesterton Reserves|
Star League Era
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.
By 2765 the Ariana Grenadiers were the preeminent fighting force of the Chesterton Reserves brigade, a battle-hardened unit that had earned the emnity 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.
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.
Early Succession Wars
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.
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.
During the 2nd 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.
Late Succession Wars Era and Destruction
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.
The unit generally was used for offensive attacks in raids and also to defend the Tikonov Prefecture.
- CO: Colonel Rudolph Baxter
- 1st Battalion: Major Athena Culaincort
- Field Report 2765: Capellan Confederation, p. 10
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 83, "Ariana Grenadier Unit Profile.