Red Lancers

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Insignia of the Red Lancers
Red Lancers
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Red Heart Guard
Parent Formation Capellan Hussars
Formed 2452

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Originally raised in 2355 as the 2nd Hexare Lancers, and later renamed the Red Lancers after destruction of a rebellious unit Merik's Grenadier's in 2451-2452, a rogue Capellan Hussars unit that had assassinated Chancellor Duncan Liao in 2452.[1][2]

First Succession War[edit]

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During Sandol Quinn Regency, the young Ilsa Liao completed a two-month Lance-command stint in the Red Lancers on Sian. [3]

Second Succession War - The Red Heart Guard[edit]

Recognising as the Second Succession War began in earnest in 2828 that the depleted CCAF could not hope to fend off simultaneous attacks from both Free Worlds League and Federated Suns, in a desperate gamble Chancellor Ilsa Liao stripped the League border of its best troops and personally lead the Red Lancers supported by elements of the Prefectorate Guard to strike the important Federated Suns staging world of Orbisonia to try and delay the Davion advance. While Ilsa's troops had a considerable weight advantage, their ranks consisting primarily of Warhammer and Marauder heavy 'Mechs, the defending units of the Avalon Hussars were much more experienced and managed to outmanoeuvre and outsmart the Capellans thanks to the heavy use of light reconnaissance and scout assets. [4] [5] [2]

By the fourth day of the campaign the Capellan forces were in full retreat, with Ilsa leading the rear-guard forces. Unbeknown to the Capellan forces, the Federated Suns troops had identified that Ilsa was leading the rear-guard and launched an aimed strike at her forces. During the final rear-guard action that saved the remains of the Capellan forces, Ilsa Liao was killed in action, becoming the first Capellan Chancellor to die on the battlefield. The Red Lancers would thereafter adopt the nickname of the "The Red Heart Guard" in commemoration of their fallen commander.[6] [4] [5] [2]

Later there were sent as reinforcements to Tikonov to repulse the Davion invaders in 2832.[2]

On Spica, the command destroyed a taskforce of Davions Mercenaries Gunther's Grenadiers, Deidre's Destroyers, and Brighton's Irregulars.[2]

The Lancers forestalled a Capellan Civil War in 2989 by throwing their support behind Maximilian Liao.[1][2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

Despite being stationed on Sian during the Fourth Succession War, the Red Lancers did not take part in the defense against the raid of the 1st Kathil Uhlans on the 24th of October, 3029, as only mechs of Warrior House Imarra stood at the space port as the honor guard for what they believed were the victorious returning 4th Tau Ceti Rangers.[citation needed]

Andurien/Canopus Invasion[edit]

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War of 3039[edit]

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Operation Guerrero[edit]

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Operation Bulldog[edit]

In 3060, they represented the Capellan Confederation in the Great Refusal. A company of Lancers defeated a Binary from Clan Fire Mandrill. [7]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

The Red Heart Guard defended Chancellor Liao against two assassination attempts in 3063 and a third attempt in 3066.[8]

The Red Lancers would be the Confederation's participating unit in the Second Star League's attempt to revive the Martial Olympiad, ultimately winning the Olympiad held on Tukayyid in 3067. [9]

Jihad[edit]

Located on Sian when the Word of Blake sent two divisions to attack the world, the Red Lancers forced the 17th and 24th Divisions to a standstill. This allowed the Blackwind Lancers to arrive and shatter the Blakist commands. The Blakist forces withdrew in disarray.[10]

The Red Lancers accompanied Magestrix Naomi Centrella-Liao back to the Magistracy of Canopus in 3075, taking part in the campaign to liberate the Magistracy capital world of Canopus.[11] When Naomi returned to the Capellan Confederation in December 3075 she left the Red Lancers on Canopus to reinforce the surviving planetary defenses.[12][13][14]

Republic Era[edit]

With Naomi Centrella-Liao's daughter named after the Red Lancer's legendary commander, the unit named the Ilsa an honorary sang-shao in the unit in 3084. The Lancers staged a full military parade on her sixteenth birthday, posters of the young Ilsa posing with several of the Red Heart Guards atop the canopy of a Men Shen OmniMech widely distributed across both the Confederation and Magistracy in its wake. [15]

During the Victoria War the Red Lancers took Schen Wan from the Oriente Protectorate before moving to assault Ipswich. Supported by Roman's Mounted Fusiliers they faced the 5th Oriente Hussars and 6th Oriente Hussars.[16]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3145 the Red Lancers drove the 1st Federated Suns Armored Cavalry off of Almach[17][18], afterwards returning to the capital. Seemingly content to have demonstrated their power and removed an obstacle to the CCAF’s invasion timetable.[19]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025 the commanding officer was Colonel Judith Abermarl.[2]

As of 3050 to 3054, the unit is commanded by Colonel Andre Elias.[20][21]

As of 3063 to 3067 the Commanding Officer was Sang-shao An Shennu, the daughter of the Duke of Larsha.[1][22]

As of 3085 the commanding officer is Sang-shao William Le Marchant.[23]

As of 3145 the commanding officer is Sang-shao Cao Culverton.[24]

Tactics[edit]

The Lancers use divide-and-conquer tactics, splitting an enemy force in two. One tactic involves pinning an enemy unit between heavy Mechs and lighter, jump-capable units.[1]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

Red Lancers (3 Battalions/Elite/Fanatical)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Judith Abermarle
  • 1st Battalion: Major Adam Vinncenes
  • 2nd Battalion: Major Andre Elias
  • 3rd Battalion: Major Christine Jorgen

3050-3054[edit]

Red Lancers (Elite/Fanatical)[20][21]

  • CO: Colonel Andre Elias

3063-3067[edit]

Red Lancers (1 Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[1][22]

  • CO: Sang-shao An Shennu
  • 2nd Battalion Zhong-shao Drew "Kali Yama" Patterson
  • 3rd Battalion Zhong-shao Peter Smith

- Includes 2 Augmented Lances 'Mechs in second Battalion

4th Sian Defender Wing (1 Wing (Military Unit)/Veteran/Fanatical)[1][22]

The Blood Brigade (1 Battalion/Regular/Fanatical)[1][22]

  • Armor Commander: Sao-shao Manor Helms

Red Lancers Infantry (1 Reinforced Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical)[1][22]

  • Infantry Commander: Zhong-shao Elsa Hyung-Po

- Includes 2 Platoons of Battle Armor)

3085[edit]

Red Lancers (Elite/Fanatical)[23]

  • CO: Sang-shao William Le Marchant

4th Sian Defense Wing (Wing/Elite/Fanatical)[23]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Fun Che Chow

The Blood Brigade (2 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)[23]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Yuk Fan Lam

Red Lancers Infantry (4 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)[23]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Wai On Ng

3145[edit]

Red Lancers (Elite/Fanatical)[24]

  • CO: Sang-shao Cao Culverton

4th Sian Defense Wing (Elite/Fanatical)[24]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Cas Birral

The Blood Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[24]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Gregorie Vidales

Red Lancers Infantry (4 Battalions/Elite/Fanatical)[24]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Manfred Kleinsfeld

Notes[edit]

Rules[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

  • When randomly generating force experience the Red Lancers receive a +2 bonus to the Random Experience Level roll.[25]
  • When determining availability of equipment, replacements and advanced components, the Red Lancers receive a +1 bonus.[25]
  • The Red Lancers receive a +1 bonus to Initiative.[25]
  • Before the beginning of a game, the Red Lancers player may select one of the opposing force's special abilities and prevent them from using that ability during the game - this refers to combat abilities, and does not affect force generation rolls such as skill and equipment rolls.[25]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 53, "Red Lancers Unit Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 77, "Red Lancers"
  3. Handbook: House Liao, p. 28 "Sandol Quinn - Ilsa the Peacemaker - Debacle at Chesterton"
  4. 4.0 4.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 47, "The Succession Wars - Second Succession War"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Handbook: House Liao, p. 29 "The Red Heart Guard"
  6. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 220, "Darter Scout Car"
  7. Twilight of the Clans, p. 13
  8. Field Manual: Update, p. 20, "Red Lancers Profile"
  9. Field Manual: Update, p. 94 "Star League Defense Force - Martial Olympiad"
  10. Blake Ascending, pp. 271-272. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, pp. 111-112
  11. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 54
  12. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 55
  13. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 19, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  14. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 55, "The Jihad In Review"
  15. Field Manual: 3085, p. 23 "Capellan Confederation - Capellan Hussars - Red Lancers"
  16. Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League, p. 44
  17. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 22
  18. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 42, 52
  19. Field Manual: 3145, p. 30, "Capellan Hussars - Red Lancers"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20 Year Update, p. 62, "CCAF Deployment Table"
  21. 21.0 21.1 Objective Raids, p. 41, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3054"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Field Manual: Update, p. 32, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 45, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3145"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Historical: Reunification War, p. 182, "Capellan Confederation"

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