14th Lyran Guards

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Fourteenth Lyran Guards
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Fearsome Fourteenth
Parent Formation Lyran Guards
Formed

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

The Fourteenth Lyran Guards were inactive during the majority of the Star League era, having either been casualties of the Age of War or one of the commands deactivated after the founding of the Star League.[1] The Fourteenth was subsequently reactivated at some point between 2765 and 2785.[2]

Succession Wars[edit]

The Lyran Commonwealth invaded Denebola in 2786, deploying the Fourteenth Lyran Guards as the invasion force, accompanied by a naval escort consisting of a pair of Commonwealth-class light cruisers, the LCS Odessa and LCS Porrima. Despite being outgunned, the Free Worlds League naval picket, which consisted of wo Vincent-class corvettes gamely attempted to attack the Lyran invasion force, only for the opening volley of laser and missile fire from the Odessa to destroy the FWLS Francisco outright - at which point her sister ship fled the Denebola system, leaving the Thirty-fourth Marik Militia to attempt to resist the invasion without naval support.[3]

The Thirty-fourth was a new and inexperienced unit, and the relatively light garrison on Denebola was a result of how heavily deployed the Free Worlds League Military was at the time - a result of the combined stresses of heavy fighting on the border with the Lyran Commonwealth, the ongoing annexation of former Terran Hegemony worlds, and the invasion of the Capellan Confederation. The Thirty-fourth had taken up residence in the battered facilities that had once been the home base of the SLDF 282nd Mechanized Infantry Division, and were still settling in when the Lyrans invaded. At the request of Colonel Hoshi DeWitt, the commanding officer of the Fourteenth, the Odessa and Porrima moved into orbit above Denebola and subjected the Thirty-fourth's base to a two-hour orbital bombardment that destroyed more than half the Marik forces outright. Having already lost a company of forces to Hegemony guerillas still active on the planet, two companies of mixed armor and infantry forces from the Thirty-fourth went to ground and would spend months engaged in raids and resistance against the Fourteenth Lyran Guards, but the bulk of the survivors from the Thirty-fourth surrendered within two days of the Fourteenth's landing.[3]

The Fourteenth Lyran Guards defended Alexandria in 2953 and 2955 alongside the Twentieth Arcturan Guards. Their actions against both the Free Worlds League and Draconis Combine in the Third Succession War earned them a Dragon Slayer's Ribbon and an Eagle's Feather. After the Third Succession War, most of their focus was on the Free Worlds League.[citation needed]

In 3047 they attempted to raid the Free Worlds planet Pingree. Two companies of the Fifth Fusiliers of Oriente intercepted them and held them off for two days. The delay allowed the rest of the Fusiliers to deploy effectively and force the Fourteenth off-world.[citation needed]

The Second Battalion of Fourteenth Lyran Guards were defeated while attempting to defend Gienah against a raid by the Third Free Worlds Legionnaires and Second Fusiliers of Oriente in September 3048.[4]

In 3050 the Fourteenth was stationed on Ford.[5] As the political situation on Ford destabilized the Thirtieth Lyran Military Police Regiment (an infantry unit attached to the Fourteenth) played a large role in maintaining order on the world.[4]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

During the FedCom Civil War the Fourteenth joined with the Free Skye Movement and fought their fellow Guards. After the Civil War ended, the Fourteenth would have been stricken from the rolls, but Duke Kelswa-Steiner was able to talk the High Command into keeping the regiment intact. The other Lyran Guard units shunned the Fourteenth because of their actions.[6]

The Jihad[edit]

In the Jihad the Fourteenth returned to Pingree, easily landing on the world but rapidly coming under continual fire from the defending Free Worlds units. They took heavy losses before the cease-fire. In 3079 they had relocated to Zdice.[7]

As part of Operation SCOUR, the Fourteenth raided Andiron with orders to secure as much Word of Blake technology as they could. The Fourteenth dropped several companies on the world. The Guards struck quickly, but only found conventional forces. After the conventional units had skirmished with the Blakists for two weeks, the Fourteenth's BattleMechs and fast vehicles struck the main Blakist repair and supply facility. The Guards seized two companies worth of combat units and tons of supplies, before withdrawing in good order. To reward their success, the LCAF High Command reassigned the Fourteenth to garrison Solaris VII and authorized their expansion to a full RCT.[8]

The Dark Age[edit]

In 3104 the leadership of the shadowy organization known as the Brotherhood of Cincinnatus was destroyed on Gacrux. The Brotherhood's leadership had been targeted by a sustained military campaign conducted by the LCAF at the orders of Archon Adam Steiner following a failed attempt to assassinate Hanse Steiner, the mentally handicapped son of Peter Steiner-Davion and Marie Hussfield, in 3098. Adam led the First Royal Guards and Fourteenth Lyran Guards personally on Gacrux, having received permission from Devlin Stone to cross the border of the Republic of the Sphere in pursuit of the Brotherhood.[9]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025 the commanding officer was Colonel Dale Barrows.[10]

As of 3050 to 3054 the Fourteenth was commanded by Marshal Emily Stevens.[5][11]

As of 3062 to 3067 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Katinka Porter, whose family were refugees from New Delos in the Free Worlds League. She attained her command in 3057, replacing Emily Stevens.[4][12]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Pendragon Botov.[13]

Tactics[edit]

The 14th is a classic Lyran heavy assault unit. Unlike most of these regiments, the 14th lacks the Lightning Companies common after the Fourth Succession War. The heavy 'Mechs are supported by lighter, more mobile armor units.[4]

Composition History[edit]

2786[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards (Green/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Hoshi DeWitt[3]
- At this point in time the Fourteenth was an assault-weight regiment and was operating at full strength.[2]

2821[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards (Green/Reliable)[2]

- At this point in time the Fourteenth was operating at just below half strength.[2]

3025[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards (Veteran/Reliable)[10]

  • CO: Colonel Dale Barrows

3040[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[14]

3050-3054[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[5][11]

  • CO: Marshal Emily Stevens

3062[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[4]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Katinka Porter
  • Aide: Colonel Quentin Springall

Fourteenth Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[4]

  • CO: Colonel Imogen Ackerman
  • 360th Lyran Armored Cavalry Regiment: Colonel Alexii Gosenss
  • 274th Lyran Armored Cavalry Regiment: Colonel Sinclair Chadwick
  • Fourth Ford Artillery Group: Colonel Maxwell Jafree

Fourteenth Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[4]

  • CO: Colonel Faustine Giron
  • Aide: Leutnant-Colonel Julious Verma
  • Ninety-eighth Lyran Mechanized Rifles: Colonel Somerset Schmidt
  • Fifteenth Ford Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Prudence Moikal
  • Sixteenth Ford Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Noah Weekes
  • 393rd Lyran Heavy Infantry Regiment: Colonel Adora Rastern
  • Thirtieth Lyran Military Police Regiment: Colonel Greville James

3067[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Leutnant-General K. Porter

Fourteenth Lyran Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Colonel Luther Steiner-Brewer

Fourteenth Lyran Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Colonel Faustine Giron

3079[edit]

The unit lost 60% of its forces during the Jihad.[7]

3085[edit]

Fourteenth Lyran Guards LCT (Veteran/Questionable)[13]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Pendragon Botov

Fourteenth Lyran Armored Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Chesley Elwyn

Fourteenth Lyran Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Questionable)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Shinobu Tar

Notes[edit]

Homeworld Ford. The Fourteenth Lyran Guards fielded in 3062 no attached aerospace forces.[4]

Reference[edit]

  1. Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13 "Lyran Guards"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 First Succession War, p. 139, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces (LCAF)"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 First Succession War, p. 29, "Lyran Commonwealth Gains"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 79, "14th Lyran Guards Unit Profile"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 20 Year Update, p. 27, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  6. Field Manual: Updates, p. 170, "14th Lyran Guards"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 12
  8. Field Manual: 3085, p. 101
  9. Field Manual: 3145, p. 119, "Reconstruction"
  10. 10.0 10.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table - 3025"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Objective Raids, p. 19, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Field Manual: Updates, p. 177, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  14. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137

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