8th Crucis Lancers

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8th Crucis Lancers RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3062)
Nickname Islamabad Lancers
Parent Formation Crucis Lancers
Formed Unknown


History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The homeworld of the 8th Crucis Lancers is Mara. They've spent most of their time in the Draconis March, and have developed a deep dislike for the Draconis Combine.[1] In 3025 their homeworld was New Rhodes III.[2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In the Fourth Succession War the 8th Crucis Lancers attacked Tikonov with the other Crucis Lancer RCTs. Unlike the other Crucis Lancer RCTs, they remained on Tikonov to garrison the world.[3] During the initial assault on Tikograd, the planetary capital, elements of the first battalion skirmished with elements of Hamilton's Highlanders that were led by Colonel Pavel Ridzik.[4]

War of 3039[edit]

In the War of 3039, the 8th Lancers attacked Biham, supported by Laurel's Legion.[5] Local companies on-world cooperated with the invading Lancers, leading to a smooth transfer of power. The 8th's CO, Marshal Charles Swaine, was a charismatic leader who left most of the existing government in place.[6] The ISF targeted the Marshal for death, thinking that his removal would lead to increased resistance. Shortly after a mortar attack on the Marshal, the 5th Ghost and 6th Ghost arrived on Biham. The Ghost regiments dispatched company sized forces to raid many targets. The 8th Lancers were unable to effectively counter these attacks because their command staff was either dead or in the hospital. In addition, the acting commander of the 8th Lancers spurned offers of support from Laurel's Legion, leading to increased friction between the AFFS units. Shortly after this the Legion disregarded the orders of the Lancer's CO and attacked the Ghost Regiments' rear areas leaving them vulnerable to the Lancers, but the Lancers failed to capitalize on this situation. The Legion had to withdraw, and the Lancers soon followed.[7]

The 8th Lancers then attacked Murchison, successfully taking the world for the nascent Federated Commonwealth.[8]

Clan Invasion[edit]

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Operation Guerrero[edit]

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Operation Bulldog[edit]

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FedCom Civil War[edit]

During the Federated Suns attack into the Draconis Combine the 8th Lancers attacked Proserpina, supported by the 1st Robinson Rangers and the Robinson Battle Academy Training Battalion. They destroyed the 9th Benjamin Regulars.[9] After taking the Bulldog Enterprises production plant and assisting in humanitarian aid efforts after the complete destruction of a neighborhood, the 8th was awarded a Dragonslayer Ribbon and the Draconis March Meritorious Unit Citation.[10] The Combine sent a task force of the 1st Sword of Light and 1st Ghost regiments, commanded by Sho-sho Shin Yodama, to drive the Lancers from the world.[11] The Lancers had built several fortifications that made them nearly impossible for the DCMS forces to dislodge. Only the arrival of the 46th Dieron Regulars[12] and 12th Dieron Regulars[13] and their destruction of three of the Lancers' four armored regiments allowed the Combine forces to force the Lancers to surrender.[14] They were effectively destroyed in the Combine counterattack, and the survivors of the unit were transferred to other Crucis Lancer regiments to help them rebuild.[15]

Jihad[edit]

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Dark Age[edit]

The Eighth Crucis Lancers, along with the 3rd Federated Suns Lancers and 4th Federated Suns Lancers LCTs, defended Tikonov from a CCAF assault in 3145. The Capellan forces consisted of the Death Commandos, 2nd McCarron's Armored Cavalry, Warrior House Dai Da Chi, the 8th Capellan Reserve Cavalry, and the Marshals of Tikonov.[16]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025 Marshal Neale Wargo is the commanding officer of the unit.[17][2]

As of 3050 the unit is commanded by Hauptmann General Charles Swaine.[18]

As of 3062 the commanding officer was Hauptmann General Jeremiah Marshall, a graduate of the Robinson Battle Academy.[1]

In 3145 the Battle Armor detachment of the Eighth Crucis Lancers was led by Arielle Cassaday.[19]

Tactics[edit]

The unit uses its complement of heavy 'Mechs and vehicles to their fullest potential. Few enemy units could stand against such odds. Even in 3025 the Eighth was known for using heavy BattleMechs, armor, and its infantry regiments were staffed by soldiers carrying the heaviest weapons they could manage.[20]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

8th Crucis Lancers RCT (Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Marshal Neale Wargo

3040[edit]

8th Crucis Lancers RCT (Regular/Reliable)[21]

3050[edit]

8th Crucis Lancers (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[18]

3062[edit]

8th Crucis Lancers (1 Reinforced Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Jeremiah Marshall

- Four Battalions of Heavy and Assault BattleMechs

8th Crucis Lancers Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[1]

  • CO: Leftenant General Hieremias Spaatz
  • 15th Crucis Lancers Aero Wing
  • 16th Crucis Lancers Aero Wing
  • 22nd Macintosh Heavy Interceptors

8th Crucis Lancers Armor Brigade (4 Regiments/Green/Unreliable)[1]

  • CO: Leftenant General Frank Ritchi
  • Aide: Kommandant Shakti Anderson
  • 22nd Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Penny Montgomery
  • 23rd Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Munish Clark
  • 24th Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Do Sy Truscott
  • 144th Federation Cavalry Regiment - Leftenant General: Reva McCreery
  • 8th Crucis Lancers Artillery Battalion - Kommandant: Cassandra Bradley
  • 1943rd F-C Artillery Battalion - Kommandant: Nathan Devers

8th Crucis Lancers Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Leftenant General Dorian Crerar
  • Aide: Leftenant General Gurion Dempsey
  • 15th Crucis Lancers Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Cerise Hodges
  • 16th Crucis Lancers Infantry Regiment - Kommandant: Phillipe Simpson
  • 15th Crucis Lancers Mechanized Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Chi Patton
  • 16th Crucis Lancers Mechanized Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Jim Patch
  • 8th Crucis Lancers Jump Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Guillaume de Lattre

- Each conventional regiment fields its own transportation and a large number of towed weapons

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 74, "8th Crucis Lancers Unit Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 136 (pdf version), "Federated Suns Deployment Table - 3025"
  3. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11
  4. The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, pp. 12-13
  5. Historical: War of 3039, p. 36
  6. Historical: War of 3039, p. 80
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 82
  8. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 99-100
  9. Field Manual: Updates, p. 106
  10. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 47-48
  11. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 134
  12. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 150
  13. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 165
  14. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 165
  15. Field Manual: Updates, p. 128
  16. Era Report: 3145, p. 161
  17. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 111
  18. 18.0 18.1 20 Year Update, p. 19, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  19. Era Report: 3145, p. 5
  20. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 143
  21. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 136

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