Operation Bird Dog
Launched on the 13th of May 3059, the day when Bulldog received the final green light, nine ad hoc company strength commands jumped to Pirate Points around the Jaguar held worlds of Asgard, Hyner, Kiamba, Tarazed, Byesville, Luzerne, Virentofta, Hanover and Yamarovka. Their mission was to wage guerrilla campaigns against the Smoke Jaguar forces on these worlds, misleading the Jaguars into assuming that the best the newly united Inner Sphere could do was to persist with the minor raids they had attempted up until now.
Formed with volunteers from some of the best units from the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery, the Davion Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance Armed Forces, each command was outfitted with captured Clan and Draconis Combine produced OmniMechs to allow them to make best use of any captured Clan material and hopefully hold out until the main invasion force reached them.
Bird Dog proved a complete success, with the units disrupting the operations of the Jaguars on each of the targeted worlds, capturing supplies and providing accurate intelligence on troop locations, crippling their ability to react to the first wave of Operation Bulldog on May 20th, with the bulk of the nine units surviving until reinforcements arrived.
Units taking part in Operation Bird Dog
|Provisional Company||World||Military||Parent Command||Relieved||Outcome|
|Jake's Heavy Hitters||Asgard||AFFC||Davion Heavy Guards||First Wave||Two lances recovered|
|Dark Sword||Hyner||DCMS||Ryuken-yon||First Wave||Company recovered|
|Galedon Pride||Kiamba||DCMS||5th Galedon Regulars||First Wave||Company destroyed|
|Donegal Vanguards||Tarazed||LAAF||3rd Donegal Guards||First Wave||One lance recovered|
|The Swarm||Byesville||DCMS||1st Amphigean LAG||Second Wave||Two lances recovered|
|Allen's Animals||Luzerne||AFFC||3rd Davion Guards||Second Wave||One lance recovered|
|McDaniels Group||Virentofta||AFFC||1st FedSuns Armored Cavalry||Second Wave||Company recovered|
|Swift Spirits||Hanover||DCMS||1st Ghost Regiment||Second Wave||Company destroyed|
|Raymond's Company||Yamarovka||AFFC||1st Davion Guards||Second Wave||One lance recovered|
- Shattered Sphere, p. 54-56
- The Dragon Roars, p. 8, "Operation Bird Dog Forces"
- Historical Turning Points: Luzerne, p. 9
- The Dragon Roars, pp. 9, 15-16, 24-25