3rd Ceti Hussars

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Third Ceti Hussars
Unit Profile (as of 3062)
Nickname Three of Spades
Parent Formation Ceti Hussars
Formed 2783[1]

History[edit]

The Third Ceti Hussars RCT were part of the Ceti Hussars brigade, formed with the purpose of conducting short raids. [citation needed]

Formation[edit]

Like the Second Ceti Hussars, the Third Ceti Hussars formed from Star League Defense Force troops who preferred to remain in the Inner Sphere. The Third was originally formed from members of the SLDF's 199th Dragoon Regiment, 396th Dragoon Regiment, and 250th BattleMech Division.[2][1] The 250th BattleMech Division - originally a part of the SLDF LVIII Corps within the Seventh Army[3] - fractured when Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky launched the Exodus; in addition to the battalion that joined the AFFS as a part of the Ceti Hussars, other elements formed the Screaming Eagles mercenary command and accepted a contract from the Federated Suns.[4] The 199th Dragoon Regiment and 396th Dragoon Regiments were both elements of the SLDF Eighteenth Army by the time elements of the regiments chose to defect to the AFFS in 2785[1] - the Third Ceti Hussars having been founded in 2783, when the first battalion was recruited from the 250th[1] - but while the 396th had begun the Amaris Civil War as a part of the Eighteenth Army (serving within XLV Corps)[5] the 199th had originally been a part of LXVII Corps within the Twentieth Army,[6][7] and had presumably been transferred into the Eighteenth Army at some point during the Hegemony Campaign.

Second Succession War[edit]

In October 2829 the Davion Heavy Guards and Third Ceti Hussars landed on Axton as a part of Operation RAIN - one of two offensives into the Capellan Confederation being conducted simultaneously (the other being Operation SUN). The defending Third Liao Lancers fought a handful of minor clashes, despite being heavily outnumbered, before deciding to withdraw rather than be destroyed.[8]

In 2838 the Free Worlds League Military was struggling under the combination of the ComStar interdiction of the Free Worlds League and Parliament's efforts to choke off funding to the military. Both the Capellan Confederation and Lyran Commonwealth had taken advantage of the League's woes to make military gains, with the LCAF expanding two major salients into the League with ruthless efficiency. However, in 2838 the FWLM forces fighting a tenacious defense in the League systems of the former Terran Hegemony found their LCAF opponents being hampered by expeditions from the Draconis Combine and Federated Suns, both looking to make gains of their own from the weakened League. Castor was one of the systems caught up in this - the LCAF had landed the Seventeenth Skye Rangers on the planet to destroy the defending FWLM garrison and occupy the world, only to have the Third Ceti Hussars land on the world later to try and claim it for the Federated Suns. Although the LCAF managed to rebuff the Ceti Hussars and finally claim Castor in spring 2839, by the time they had secured the world the interdiction had ended.[9]

Third Succession War[edit]

As of 3025, the Third Hussars were based on Immenstadt in the Capellan March.[10]

The Third Ceti Hussars raided Weisau at some point in the Third Succession War.[11]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Third Ceti Hussars were one of the many regiments to participate in Operation THOR in August 3027, a large-scale military exercise conducted in the Lyran Commonwealth both as a genuine training exercise and as part of clandestine preparations for the impending Fourth Succession War. The Third were defeated on Thorin by the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces Second Royal Guards, a defeat that was considered a high point for the LCAF.[12] When the Fourth Succession War began in earnest in 3028 the Third Ceti Hussars - like many AFFS and LCAF units - were still in place on a world assigned to them during the training exercises, rather than their homeworld; while the Third's homeworld was Immenstadt, they had remained in place on Manapire, waiting for the war to begin. The Third weren't active participants in the first four waves of the war, however, nor did they participate in Operation AMBUSH.[13]

War of 3039[edit]

Elements of the Third faced the 4th Ghost Regiment on Rochester.[14]

Clan Invasion[edit]

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Operation Guerrero[edit]

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Operation Bulldog[edit]

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Civil War[edit]

As of 3062, the homeworld of the Third Ceti Hussars RCT was Manapire. During the FedCom Civil War the Third Hussars didn't participate in Operation: Sovereign Justice. In fact they remained out of the Civil War fighting completely. This put them in the perfect place to defend the Capellan March when it was attacked by Taurian Concordat forces. Leading a task force that consisted of themselves and the Lexington Combat Group, the Third Ceti Hussars destroyed the Red Chasseurs and 2nd Taurian Lancers on Bromhead. They then went on to Midale and forced the Concordat Commandos to retreat. On Lindsay they destroyed the Pleiades Lancers, and then relocated to Brockway where they smashed the Hyades Light Infantry.[15] After that the Third continued to hold Brockway for the Federated Suns.[16]

Jihad[edit]

The Third was stationed on Taygeta when the CCAF's Operation THUNDERSTRIKE landed there in 3069. Consisting of the First St. Ives Lancers, Second St. Ives Lancers, and the Third McCarron's Armored Cavalry regiments, Task Force Light Horse (as the Capellan formation was known) inflicted heavy losses on the Hussars. The Hussars withdrew to New Syrtis, where they hoped to rebuild. However the CCAF sent their two other Task Forces to that system, and the Third was effectively destroyed.[17] The survivors were routed to New Hessen to reinforce the Second Ceti Hussars, with the promise that the Third would be rebuilt.[18]

The Third Ceti Hussars were re-established in orbit around Althea's Choice. As part of Operation MATADOR they fought alongside the 2nd Ceti Hussars and destroyed the Red Chasseurs Second Battalion.[19] This fighting was bitter, and the Third took heavy losses. Only the fact that most of the survivors were combat veterans saved it from being disbanded again.[20] In 3085 the Third Ceti served as the garrison for Amber Grove.[21]

Dark Age[edit]

The Third Ceti Hussars took Yuris from the Capellan Confederation in the Victoria War. In November they reinforced the AFFS troops on Victoria, teaming up with the Syrtis Avengers to prevent Warrior House Kamata from rallying the CCAF defenders.[22]

The Third was on Deshler when Ryuken-go arrived and wiped them out.[23]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 3rd Ceti Hussars
Marshal Joseph Goff 3025[10]
Hauptmann General Kellie Lee-Merrow 3050 - 3067[24][25] [2][16]
Major General Edward James Miemi 3085[21]

Tactics[edit]

The entire RCT breaks into smaller subunits at battalion level and above with the goal to give an enemy too many targets and overwhelm him with sheer numbers.[2]

Composition History[edit]

2786[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars (Veteran/Reliable)[26]

- At this point in time the Hussars were a light-weight regiment stationed on Cumberland and were operating at full-battalion strength.[26]

2821[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars (Veteran/Reliable)[26]

- At this point in time the Hussars were a light-weight regiment stationed on Logandale and were operating at just over a battalion in strength.[26]

2830[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars (Regular/Fanatical)[27]

- At this point in time the Hussars were a light-weight regiment and had rebuilt to two battalions in size. The Hussars were stationed on Axton.[27]

2864[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars (Regular/Fanatical)[27]

- At this point in time the Hussars were a light-weight regiment stationed on Clovis, and had been reduced to less than two companies in size.[27]

3025[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars RCT (Regular/Reliable)[10]

  • CO: Marshal Joseph Goff

3040[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars RCT (Regular/Reliable)[28]

3050-3054[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars RCT (Regular/Reliable)[24][25]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Kellie Lee-Merrow

3062[edit]

Combat Command Alpha (3 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • Aide: Leftenant General Cyrus Guthman

- Split into sub-command units
- The largest command field's one Regiment with heavy fire support 'Mechs
- The smaller commands include Battle Armor and Mechanized Infantry groups

Third Ceti Hussars Aerospace Group (2 Wings)[2]

Combat Command Bravo (3 Regiments/Veteran/Unreliable)[2]

  • CO: Major General Femi Naeem
  • Aide: Leftenant General Brent Jameson

- A mix of medium 'Mech,- Armor,- Mechanized units

Combat Command Charlie (2 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Leftenant General Billy Rickgauer

- The same unit mix how the Bravo Command

Third Ceti Hussars Artillery Group (3 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Lucien Lewis-Peron

- Equiped with nearly one hundred artillery tubes

3067[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars RCT (Regular/Reliable)[16]

  • CO: General Kellie Lee-Merrow

Third Ceti Hussars Aerospace Brigade (Elite/Reliable)[16]

  • CO: Colonel Craig Anthony

Third Ceti Hussars Combat Command Alpha (Regular/Reliable)[16]

  • CO: Major General Roman Do Linh

Third Ceti Hussars Combat Command Bravo (Regular/Reliable)[16]

  • CO: Major General Eta Bel-Qoun

Third Ceti Hussars Combat Command Charlie (Regular/Reliable)[16]

  • CO: Major General Billy Rickgauer

3085[edit]

Third Ceti Hussars LCT (Regular/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Major General Edward James Miemi

Third Ceti Hussars Aerospace Brigade (Green/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Colonel Symeonu Aukes

Third Ceti Hussars Combat Command Alpha (Regular/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Major General Yoav Errol

Third Ceti Hussars Combat Command Beta (Green/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Leftenant General Idra Oirschotten

Third Ceti Hussars Combat Command Charlie (Regular/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Leftenant General Herodin Grosse

Notes[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First Succession War, p. 33, "Those Left Behind"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 65, "3rd Ceti Hussars Unit Profile"
  3. The Star League, p. 154, "Seventh Army"
  4. Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 105, "Screaming Eagles"
  5. The Star League, p. 156, "Eighteenth"
  6. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 236, "LXVII Corps"
  7. The Star League, p. 157, "Twentieth Army"
  8. Second Succession War, p. 28, "The Suns-Confederation Front"
  9. Second Succession War, p. 44, "The Four-Front War: Operation COOKIE JAR and the ComStar War (2837-2842)"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 House Davion (The Federated Suns) p. 137, "Federated Suns Deployment Table"
  11. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 58
  12. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 8, "Operations GALAHAD and THOR"
  13. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11, "Operation RAT"
  14. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 140
  15. Field Manual: Updates, p. 127, "3rd Ceti Hussars"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Field Manual: Updates, p. 138, "AFFS Deployment Table - 3067"
  17. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 20
  18. Field Report: AFFS, p. 10
  19. Field Manual: 3085, p. 54
  20. Field Manual: 3085, p. 58
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 Field Manual: 3085, p. 73, "AFFS Deployment Table - 3085"
  22. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 53
  23. Field Manual: 3145, pp. 61, 75
  24. 24.0 24.1 20 Year Update, p. 21, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Objective Raids, p. 15, "Federated Commonwealth"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 First Succession War, p. 134, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 'Second succession War, p. 94, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)"
  28. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 136

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