Harloc Raiders

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Harloc Raiders
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname
Parent Formation Citizens' Honored
Formed 3053

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Homeworld of Harloc Raiders is Second Try. Raised on Harloc in 3053 as a Capellan line unit after one battalion of FWL battlemechs was gifted to Sun Tzu Liao by Thomas Marik as part of Isis Marik's dowry.[1] They were released to mercenary service in 3054 when they were discovered on a FWL world.[2]

Operation Guerrero[edit]

Part of the Inner Sphere Task Force that faced the Jade Falcons on Coventry.[2] They were invited to join the task force by Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion.[3]

Operation Bulldog[edit]

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Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

In 3063 they were based on Jonathan.[4]

Returned to Capellan service when the Xin Sheng movement was launched.[2]

Re-stationed on Second Try. Then 3066 trials began between House Liao and House Marik. The Ambermarle's Highlanders and the Second McCarron's Armored Cavalry attacks Zion, the Steel Guard on Asuncion began loudly debating whether to go to the Third Guard's assistance or wait for orders to assault the Confederation. The Raiders jumped over the border to hit the Steel Guard and giving the Highlanders time to withdraw.[5]

Jihad[edit]

The Harloc Raiders fought on Zurich and New Aragon and joined the final assault on Pleione in 3077. This assault was so successful that the system fell to the Capellan Confederation.[6] Joining the Harlock Raiders in the assault on Pleione in June were Warrior House Hiritsu and Roman's Mounted Fusiliers.[7] After this the Raiders redeployed to Algot.[6]

Republic Era[edit]

Escaping complete destruction during Operation GOLDEN FORTRESS - unlike many of their counterparts in the Capellan Brigade - the Harloc Raiders served the Confederation extremely well in the conflict, but despite the Raiders' performance the unit was nearly destroyed as a result. The Raiders served alongside Lockhardt's Ironsides throughout the GOLDEN FORTRESS campaign, the differing temperements and tactical doctrines of the two units complimenting each other, [8] working particularly effectively together during the battle for Yangtze in 3081 when the Raiders and the Ironsides forces the Second and Third Republic Auxiliaries to retreat,[9] but ultimately even their highly effective performance couldn't prevent the destruction of most of the unit.[8]

Those members of the Raiders who survived the capaign were granted citizenship in reward for their excellent service, and many transferred out of the Raiders and into Lockhardt's Ironsides, or, failing that, other units within the Citizens' Honored brigade. Perhaps unusually, the Strategios elected not to disband the Raiders; instead, the unit was retained as a foreign legion within the CCAF, based around the surviving command staff of the original unit. The CCAF called for volunteers to join the Raiders and rebuild the unit, issuing the call not just within the Confederation but across known space; despite the potentially undesireable nature of service in the Raiders working for leadership of dubious virtue, applications to join the raiders flooded in. A large part of those who volunteered to serve were pirates or bandits from the Periphery looking for regular employment or former mercenaries.[8]

Dark Age[edit]

During Operation CELESTIAL REWARD, the Raiders helped pin down units in the Capellan March rimward of the operations area. They achieved their primary objective, however suffered significant casualties in the Sirdar system when air assets of the Sirdar Capellan March Militia ambushed and destroyed several Raiders’ DropShips.


Officers[edit]

As of 3056 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Wu Kang Kuo.[10]

As of 3063 to 3085 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Wu Deng Tang , most famous for having fought Kai Allard-Liao in a Solaris Championship Challenge.[2][11][12]

One of the more unusual officers to join the Raiders in the period of heavy recruitment after Operation GOLDEN FORTRESS was Sang-wei Andre Ricci, a former AFFS MechWarrior who defected to the CCAF during Operation CELESTIAL VENGEANCE.[8]

As of 3145 the commanding officer is Sang-shao Rex Song.[13]

Tactics[edit]

Harloc Raiders are familiar with, but not wedded to, traditional Capellan combat doctrine which often allowed the Raiders to surprise their opponents with tactics other Capellan regiments wouldn’t have used. This is one of the advantages the Confederation has gained by sending them abroad as a part of the Operation Bulldog.[14]

They are fond of creating ambushes for the enemy by sending out lone light or medium mechs as a bait, which then lead the enemy right to the rest of the unit. They also excel at hit and run tactics and prefer raiding or defence to major assaults.[15]

Composition History[edit]

3063 to 3067[edit]

Harloc Raiders (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[2][11]

  • CO: Sang-shao Wu Deng Tang
  • XO/1st Battalion: Zhong-shao
  • 2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao
  • 3rd Battalion: Zhong-shao

- Equipped with C3

Harloc Corsairs (1 Wing/Veteran/Reliable)[2][11]

Third Harloc Brigade (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[2][11]

  • Armor Commander: Zhong-shao Thomas Kent

3079[edit]

After the Jihad the Harloc Raiders had lost thirty percent of their strength.[6]

3085[edit]

Harloc Raiders (Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Sang-shao Wu Deng Tang

Harloc's Corsairs (Wing/Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Wen Yuen

Third Harloc Brigade (Battalion/Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Otto Hughes
- By this point the Raiders were based on Mandate and had only managed to rebuild to one quarter of full strength, although the Corsairs had managed to reach forty-five percent strength and the Third were operating at fifty-five percent of full strength. [12]

3145[edit]

Harloc Raiders (Regular/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Sang-shao Rex Song

Harloc's Corsairs (Regular/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Aldo Hanssen

Third Harloc Brigade (Regular/Questionable)[13]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Carling Salgado

Harloc Foot Auxiliary (Green/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Julia Arreguin


Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Shattered Sphere, p. 67
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 99, "Harloc Raiders Unit Profile"
  3. Shattered Sphere, p. 40
  4. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 119
  5. Field Manual: Update, p. 28, "Harloc Raiders"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Field Report: CCAF, p. 17
  7. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 77-78, "Pleione Secured"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 32, "Harloc Raiders"
  9. Field Manual: 3085, p. 27, "Lockhardt's Ironsides"
  10. Assumption of Risk, p. 60
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Field Manual: Update, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 34, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 46, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3145"
  14. "Era Report: 3062", p.49,"Harolc Raiders(Wandering the Stars)"
  15. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p.99

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