Iron Guard Galaxy (Clan Smoke Jaguar)
|Iron Guard Galaxy|
|Unit Profile (as of 3060)|
|Nickname||The Iron Guard|
|Parent Formation||Clan Smoke Jaguar Touman|
The Iron Guard was a second line military formation of Clan Smoke Jaguar.
Being a Solahma unit, the Iron Guards only received minimum equipment, and consisted mainly of conventional infantry in 3054. Galaxy Commander Benjamin Howell regarded this as absolutely inadequate, especially as it was one of the two galaxies defending Huntress. As Khan Lincoln Osis was unwilling to help, and virtually all new material was needed to refresh the front-line units, Benjamin Howell set up an illegal scheme: he made connections with the scientist caste and was able to bolster his troops with Star League-Mechs, Clan-Mech prototypes and Inner Sphere-Mechs (originally designated to be studied by the scientist caste). He even single handedly ordered the creation of additional sibkos and weapon research programs.  For these actions, he was later executed, but the Iron Guards remained upgraded. When Russou Howell took command he also sought ways to improve the assets of the Galaxy, albeit in a slightly less underhand way. 
Task Force Serpent
On 12th March 3060 the Galaxy engaged the assault troops of Task Force Serpent as they landed and pushed for their objectives. It was involved in three key battles in the opening stages of the campaign:
- New Andery - Full Battle Report by the Thirty-third Assault Cluster
- Bagera - Full Battle Report by the Seventy-seventh Solahma Cluster
- Lootera - Full Battle Report by the Twelfth Solahma Cluster
By the end of the fighting on the first day the galaxy was virtually wiped out.
Galaxy Commander Benjamin Howell commanded the Iron Guards until his arrest in May 3058 , Star Colonel Logan Wirth took temporary command on the 3rd May 3058  until he was replaced by Russou Howell on 2nd March 3059.
- The Iron Guards are referred to as Zeta Galaxy in 3058.  However, Zeta Galaxy was in the Inner Sphere in 3051  and still there in 3059.
- In the computer game MechWarrior 2: Ghost Bear's Legacy, Clan Wolf raids a Smoke Jaguar freighter carrying isorla DCMS 'Mechs in February 3058; these are presumably bound for Huntress to supply the Galaxies there.
- Exodus Road, p. 166
- Exodus Road, p. 202
- Twilight of the Clans, p. 59-60
- Freebirth, p. 118
- Exodus Road, p. 241
- Freebirth, p. 56
- Freebirth, p. 55
- Exodus Road, p. 166
- Freebirth, p. 52
- Invading Clans, p. 118
- The Dragon Roars, p. 13