II Corps (Star League)

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II Corps
Unit Profile (as of 2784)
Nickname unknown
Parent Formation Twelfth Army
Formed 2571 - 2581

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[edit] Unit Description

II Corps, also known as the 2nd Corps, was one of the Corps created during the founding of the Star League Defense Force in 2571, and would grow to become a very large military formation, with a total strength at the height of the Star League of five full Divisions each of three Brigades plus two independent Regiments.[1][2]

[edit] History

[edit] Formation

The formation of II Corps began soon after the formation of the Star League, during the initial organization of the Star League Defense Force by Commander-in-Chief Lady Shandra Noruff-Cameron, and shared a number of similarities with I Corps. II Corps consisted of a full Royal Brigade as well as two additional Royal BattleMech regiments and a Royal armor regiment from the Terran Hegemony, with the remaining troops drawn equally from other Star League member states. II Corps was originally tasked with defending those worlds within the Terran Hegemony. Initially under the command of Major General Amos Forlough, II Corps was not as well equipped as I Corps but but trained hard to reach Elite status before forming a part of the Outworlds Alliance task force.[2]

It was the hard training regimen the units of II Corps undertook prior to the Reunification War that saw the majority of the regiments within II Corps miss out on the opportunity to take part in the United Triumph series of exercises that comprehensively embarrassed the nascent SLDF.[3]

[edit] Reunification War

Tension between the Periphery nations would grow in the years following the Unified Triumph exercises; First Lord Ian Cameron raised trade tariffs against the Periphery nations in the hope that this form of leverage along with others would make them willing to join the Star League. A series of incidents would be played out between the two sides, leading to the Malagrotta Crisis in 2753 which be the final straw needed to make war inveitable. Ian Cameron viewed the Periphery nations as uncivilized and as threats to his creation. He and League members voted for war, and Ian Cameron would issue the Pollux Proclamation to the Periphery which was effectively the unoffical declaration of war; when the Proclamation was roundly rejected by the major Periphery powers, Cameron laid plans for the military conquest of the Periphery states.

II Corps would be a major part of the SLDF Task Force Outworlds, targeting the Outworlds Alliance, along with V Corps and and Auxiliary Corps consisting of House Kurita troops under SLDF command. II Corps and the rest of the task force would finally be in position in June 2581, and for much of the next four years the task force commander, SLDF General Amos Forlough would personally lead the II Corps' troops in conquering numerous Outworlds Alliance worlds. Among the units faced by II Corps was the Pitcairn Legion, notionally a mercenary unit drawn from personnel from the elite Davion Brigade of Guards, who would inflict a number of significant defeats on II Corps. Despite increasingly brutal measures inflicted on the civilian population of the Alliance, the task force would be unable to fully conquer the Alliance, and II Corps was withdrawn from the Alliance campaign in 2584 to fight in the war against the Taurian Concordat.[4][5]

During the long campaign to conquer the Concordat II Corps would fight on several worlds, including taking part in the bloody campaign to capture the key world of New Vandenberg, and would still be active within Concordat space when the Taurian government finally surrendered.[6]

[edit] Later Years

At the height of the Star League in 2764 II Corps was assigned to the Lyran Commonwealth Military Region's 2nd District as part of the SLDF's 12th Army in 2764. With its long history, II Corps received many transfer requests from new and experienced soldiers who wanted to be a part of the storied unit. The unit as a whole trained constantly to be the best, and if a soldier wasn't performing up to standards they would frequently request transfer out of the unit rather than sully its reputation. With the repositioning of the Twentieth Army, the unit benefited from the supplies left behind as that unit redeployed. Another effect of the Twentieth Army's withdrawal from the Rim Worlds Republic was the use of II Corps 29th CAAN Marine Regiment to conduct undercover reconnaissance missions to monitor the Periphery nation.[7]

The Periphery Uprising would see the entire Corps deployed by General Aleksandr Kerensky to the Periphery to combat the uprising. The Corps' 29th CAAN Marine Division would end up defecting to the Periphery forces, fighting against their own comrades; by the end of the campaign in the Periphery half of the Corps would be gone. The 92nd BattleMech and 18th Royal Mechanized Infantry Divisions would be destroyed outright in the fighting, while the 29th Mechanized Infantry Division would be so heavily damaged that it would be disbanded for lack of personnel in 2766.

The remaining Divisions and regiments of the Corps would join Kerensky's Hegemony Campaign in 2767. Only two of its components would survive, the 11th Royal BattleMech Division and 38th Light Horse Regiment, both which answered Kerensky's call to join the Exodus. Elements of the disbanded 29th Mechanized would return opt to remain in the Inner Sphere and join the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery instead of traveling with the Exodus Fleet.[8]

[edit] Composition History

[edit] 2581

Administrative HQ: Rigil Kentarus[9]
Commanding Officer: General Amos Furlough[9]

Total Forces:[9]

Component units:[9]

[edit] 2764 to 2765

[edit] 2767 to 2799

[edit] 2784

[edit] Notes

It is unclear II Corps remained functional a active formation during both the Periphery and Hegemony Campaigns. In Corps' early years after SLDF had formed, the Corps would be in its entirety be used in Outworlds Alliance, but the loss of nearly half its Divisions by end or Periphery Uprising Risings.

The name "II Corps" is officially used in Military Region listings for the Corps, however early information shows Corps' name with "2" or "Second".[15]

[edit] Rules

[edit] Reunification War

  • When randomly generating force experience all II Corps forces apply a +2 bonus to the Random Experience Level roll.[16]
  • All II Corps units add a +1 bonus to Initiative rolls.[16]
  • All II Corps units may Force the Initiative.[16]
  • All II Corps units may utilize Overrun Combat.[16]
  • All II Corps units receive a +1 bonus on Availability Rolls for Advanced Components.[16]
  • All II Corps units receive a +1 bonus to repair rolls.[16]
  • All II Corps units receive a +1 bonus to determine the availability of supplies or replacement equipment.[16]

[edit] References

  1. The Star League, p. 145, "Twelfth Army"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 29, "II Corps"
  3. Historical: Reunification War, p. 46-47, "Amos Forlough"
  4. Star League sourcebook, p. 50 - OutWorlds Alliance War - Second Corps' actions during the war with the Alliance.
  5. Historical: Reunification War, p. 140, "Outworlds Alliance Front"
  6. Historical: Reunification War, p. 143, "Taurian Concordat Front"
  7. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 148
  8. Star League sourcebook, p. 145 - 12th Army, II Corps - TO&E gives brief snapshot of information on the actions and fates of the components of the II Corps.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Historical: Reunification War, p. 107, "SLDF Task Force Outworlds"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 116, "Medron"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 112, "Bryceland"
  12. Historical: Reunification War, p. 123, "Pitcairn's Raids"
  13. Star League sourcebook, p. 145 - 12th Army, II Corps - II Corps' units listings as of 2764-2765
  14. Star League sourcebook, p. 145 - 12th Army, II Corps - II Corps' units listings as of 2767 to 2799
  15. Star League sourcebook, pp. 43, 47, 145 - Unit's name and open question if the Corps remained active during the 28th Century.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Historical: Reunification War, p. 181, "The Star League"

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