5th Lyran Guards

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Fifth Lyran Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Kleist (2765)[1]
The Steadfast
Parent Formation Lyran Guards
Formed

History[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

In 2743 the Fifth Lyran Guards received a distinguished new recruit as a part of their deployment to New Caledonia, a world close to the borders of the Rim Worlds Republic and Draconis Combine: Paul Steiner, son of Archon Michael Steiner. A newly-commissioned Hauptmann who had graduated top of his class at the Nagelring, Paul's deployment was a sign of how seriously the Archon took the Combine-instigated "bandit raids" which had struck Lyran border worlds in 2742. During the raids that followed the redeployment of the Fifth, Hauptmann Steiner demonstrated an uncanny ability to use his forces within the Fifth to outmaneuver attacking forces, something opponents of the usually heavy and ponderous LCAF didn't expect. He would remain with the Fifth Guards until 2750, when he was awarded command of the First Royal Guards.[2]

During the Star League era the Fifth Lyran Guards was one of ten regiments within the First Lyran Guards Division, one of five Divisions of active regiments within the Lyran Guards brigade in the closing decades of the Star League's existence. By the mid-twenty-eighth century the First Division was the only Division of the Lyran Guards to be at full strength, and while the Lyran Guards were supposed to be loyal to the Lyran Commonwealth first and the Archon second, the various regiments of the First had been used at various points to keep powerful nobles in line.[1]

Like the other regiments of the Guards during this era, the Fifth lacked any particular political ties - either regional or familial - unlike regiments in other brigades; commonly assigned to garrison postings, the Fifth Lyran Guards and their sister regiments were postings of choice for those who wanted to work for the Commonwealth without either regional loyalties or particular ambitions. This led to the Fifth and her sister regiments being manned by soldiers who were professional, but without the close-knit ties found in more parochial regiments. The Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces was intent on generating more camaraderie and esprit de corps amongst the Fifth and the other Guards regiments, but with little success by 2765.[1]

In 2765 the Fifth was stationed on the Morrigan, a posting that required the Fifth's personnel to learn how to use exoskeletons to function in the face of Morrigan's 3G pull.[1]

Succession Wars[edit]

The Fifth went to Skondia in 3044 as part of Operation Baldur. The plan was for the Fifth and the Seventeenth Donegal Guards to liberate the world and thus secure Skye's border. The unit was nearly destroyed in heavy fighting. It took three years before the Fifth was rebuilt. During the Clan Invasion the Fifth remained in the Draconis March to appease the Sandoval family.[3]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

The Fifth Lyran Guards arrived on Addicks with an assignment to destroy the First NAIS Cadet Cadre. The Guards' arrival triggered a major conflict that resulted in major losses for the Loyalist forces. The Fifth was more successful on Marlette, where they opened a gap that allowed the Loyalist Marlette Militia to escape from an Allied trap.[4] By 3067 they were still on Marlette.[5]

Jihad[edit]

The Fifth Lyran Guards saw action early in Operation SCOUR, serving on the Federated Suns front as a part of Group III. Group III attacked Tybalt in early 3077, when it was targeted in the first wave of assaults made by the allied coalition forces that made up the Federated Suns front of Operation SCOUR. Following the liberation of Tybalt, the local citizenry found itself in the unusual position of throwing a victory parade that, for the first time in the history of Tybalt, honoured a unit from the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery;[6] serving in Group III alongside the 5th Lyran Guards were Delta Galaxy of Clan Nova Cat and the 17th Benjamin Regulars.[7]

As part of Group III the Fifth Lyran Guards took part in the assault on Nanking in late 3077. Arriving in-system at almost the same time as a Capellan attack group, the Fifth and the rest of Group III arrived above Nanking a day after the Capellans had landed, only to find that the Capellan forces led by Warrior House Fujita were trapped in their deployment zone, exhausted from the punishing trip in and under fire from the Nanking Protectorate Militia. Group III dropped behind the Militia forces and proceeded to launch an attack that saw Delta Galaxy and the Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars punish the Militia with ranged fire before the Fifth Lyran Guards launched a devastating assault that broke the Blakist forces.[7]

Having broken the main Blakist force, Group III found itself being ordered to leave Nanking by House Fujita; when Group III cited the continuing Blakist presence on the planet as a reason to stay, House Fujita nuked the base camp of the Fifth Lyran Guards. This prompted Group III to leave Nanking en masse.[7]

The Fifth Lyran Guards formed part of the Coalition force that landed at Geneva on Terra.[8] They fought alongside ComStar's Sixth Army against the Word of Blake's Fourth and Sixteenth Division.[9]

After Terra was secured by the Coalition forces the Fifth Lyran Guards had been heavily depleted by months of combat; the Lyran high command pulled a complete battalion from the Accrington FTM and assigned them to the Fifth as battlefield casualty replacements, and the Fifth were redeployed to defend the factories of Hesperus II.[10]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3139 the Fifth fought the Fourth Tamarind Regulars on Tamarind in 3139. The Fifth sent several new Manticore II heavy tanks down a river and struck the Fourth's rear areas.[11] The Fifth faced off against elements of the Wolf Empire in 3140 on Niihau. The Fifth broke down into smaller forces and engaged in a guerilla war.[12] After fighting the Wolves for more than a year, the Commonwealth was finally able to rescue the Fifth. The LCAF High Command reassigned the Fifth to garrison Alma Alta.[13]

Officers[edit]

As of 3050, the commanding officer was Hauptmann General Louise Kopper, who had been in charge since 3045 and as to 3067.[14][3][5]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Heather Jobs[15]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Leutnant-General Eugen Hasseldorf.[16]

Tactics[edit]

The TO&E give the unit a weight advantage over the enemy. The command uses sheer force to gain victory.[3]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards (Regular/Reliable)[1]

- At this point in time the Fifth was based on Morrigan.[1]

3040[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards RCT (Green/Reliable)[17]

3050[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards (1 Regiment/Green/Reliable)[14]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Louise Kopper

3062[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards (1 Regiment/Green/Reliable)[3]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Louise Kopper
  • Aide: Leftenant General Barry Palin

Fifth Lyran Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[3]

  • CO: Leftenant-General Choderlos De Lacos
    • Fifth Lyran Guards Wing
    • 173rd Lyran Guards Wing

Fifth Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiment/Green/Questionable)[3]

  • CO: Leftenant General Ivan Monfriez
  • Seventy-first Lyran Heavy Armor Regiment: Leftenant General Don Gartner
  • Eleventh Markab Panzer Regiment: Leftenant General Wan Yuen
  • Thirty-fifth Markab Armor Regiment: Leftenant General Wendy Fewster

- In 3067 the commanding officer of the Armor Brigade is Colonel Raine Younis.

Fifth Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Green/Reliable)[3]

  • CO: Leftenant General Karen Walden
  • Aide: Leftenant General Jas Unger
  • 147th Lyran Heavy Infantry Regiment: Leftenant General Serge Prynn
  • 217th Lyran Infantry Regiment: Leftenant General Lisa Jenkins
  • 619th Lyran Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Leftenant General Edwin Fisk
  • Forty-third Markab Mounted Rifles: Leftenant General Paul Carmody
  • Ninety-first Skat Jump Regiment: Leftenant General Len Finkle

- In 3067 the commanding officer of the Armor Brigade is Colonel Jas Unger.

3067[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Louise Kopper

Fifth Lyran Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[5]

Fifth Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[5]

Fifth Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Green/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Colonel Jas Unger

3085[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Heather Jobs

Fifth Lyran Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Jan Shaw

Fifth Lyran Infantry Brigade (Regular/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Arthur Prochazka

3145[edit]

Fifth Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Questionable)[16]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Eugen Hasseldorf

Fifth Lyran Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[16]

  • CO: Colonel Patrick Anderson

Fifth Lyran Infantry Brigade (Regular/Questionable)[16]

  • CO: Colonel Jonathan Cook


Game Rules[edit]

Clan Invasion[edit]

The Fifth may use the Force the Initiative and Overrun Combat special ability. Against Draconis Combine troops, they suffer a -2 Initiative penalty. Against Combine troops they receive a -1 to hit modifier when firing at short or medium range.[18]

Reference[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"
  2. Era Report: 2750, p. 79-80, "Paul Steiner"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 76, "5th Lyran Guards Unit Profile"
  4. Field Manual: Updates, p. 170
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Field Manual: Updates, p. 179, "Lyran Alliance Deployment Table - 3067"
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 36, "First Wave Complete"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 39, "War To The Knife"
  8. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  9. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 109
  10. Field Report: LAAF, p. 12, "Lyran Guards"
  11. Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 18
  12. Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 12
  13. Field Manual: 3145, p. 126
  14. 14.0 14.1 20 Year Update, p. 19, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "Lyran Armed Forces Deployment Table - 3085"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Arc-Royal Theater"
  17. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137
  18. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 132

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