3rd Dieron Regulars

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Third Dieron Regulars
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Ever-Vigilant
Parent Formation Dieron Regulars
Formed unknown

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Third Dieron Regulars can claim a heritage that goes back to the Alliance of Galedon and an equally ancient proto-state: the Dieron Federation. One of many twenty-fourth century proto-states in the region of space that in later centuries became known as the Draconis Combine, the Dieron Federation was persuaded to become a part of the Alliance of Galedon in 2310 by Shiro Kurita. As a part of the Alliance, the worlds of the Dieron Federation were required to provide a tithe of people from their population to New Samarkand for military training and indoctrination, with the first draft consisting of some three thousand men and women.[1]

The Alliance's control over the Dieron Federation fluctuated in the early years, as many became aware that they had been duped by Shiro Kurita, and Shiro was required to put down rebellions on a number of worlds, something that he was quite willing to do, invading those systems that attempted to secede and executing their planetary leaders. Dieron broke free in 2316 when the newly-appointed Director-General of the Terran Hegemony began expanding Terran influence once more; enticed by the combination of gentle diplomacy and implicit military threat, Dieron joined the Hegemony, a foe that Shiro was unable to oppose through military strength at the time. Undaunted, Shiro laid the groundwork for reclaiming Dieron by keeping the services of the brigade of Dieron natives who remained steadfastly loyal to House Kurita in his armed forces and retaining the name of the Dieron Regulars as part of the implicit promise that Dieron would once again be a part of the Kuritan state.[1]

Active during the Star League era, five regiments of Dieron Regulars - including the Third - occupied a priviledged place within the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery. Portrayed in the Combine media as "exiles waiting for the change to go home", the Dieron Regulars spent their time divided between postings in the Benjamin Military District, moving back and forth between worlds in the interior of the District and worlds on the border with the Hegemony. Recruitment into the Dieron Regulars was weighted, with first priority given to Sun Zhang MechWarrior Academy or Dieron Warriors' Academy graduates descended from members of the original Dieron draft, second priority to other personnel who could claim a lineage back to that same draft, third priority to those recruited from worlds close to Dieron and finally those recruited from other worlds within the Benjamin Military District. As of 2765 all of the 'Mech regimental commanders within the Dieron Regulars were both Sun Zhang graduates and descendents of the Dieron draft. As with the other Dieron Regiments, the Third Dieron Regulars was the centrepiece of a brigade consisting of a 'Mech regiment, three medium armor regiments, three infantry regiments and up to four independent artillery regiments.[1]

Reunification War[edit]

The Third Dieron Regulars were active during the Reunification War, acting as one of several DCMS BattleMech regiments assigned to an ad-hoc corps in support of the Star League Defense Force task force responsible for invading the Outworlds Alliance. This invasion, named Operation UNION HOLD, saw the Third Dieron Regulars tasked with occupying several Alliance worlds as garrison forces and pacifying any resistance on these worlds, replacing Star League Defense Force garrisons.[2]

Responsible for providing a garrison for the world of Bad News and support for various regiments of the Galedon Regulars attacking Kazanka, Nexus Ri and Zlatousi, the Third Dieron Regulars garrison on Bad News would be subject to a heavy attack from the Second Pitcairn Legion in 2583. The Third Dieron Regulars forces on Bad News at the time consisted of a single battalion of BattleMechs, supported by two regiments of infantry and two more of armor, whereas the Second Pitcairn Legion was a full BattleMech regiment; the Pitcairn Legion spent three weeks attacking the Third Dieron Regulars and their supporting forces, almost destroying the complete battalion. Despite this, the Third Dieron Regulars were able to hold Bad News for the Combine.[3][4]

Amaris Civil War[edit]

Just prior to the war the unit was stationed on Junction.[1]

First Succession War[edit]

The Third Dieron Regulars were stationed in concealed bases hidden deep inside the Northern Andropo badlands on David in February 2787 when an Armed Forces of the Federated Suns raiding party struck at the world. Warlord Jinjiro Kurita, son of the Coordinator, had issued strict orders to all of the units along the border with the Federated Suns and those conducting operations within the former Terran Hegemony, directing units to offer the minimum level of resistance if they encountered AFFS units, mercenaries employed by the Federated Suns or their potential allies; this was to conceal the buildup of DCMS forces along the border, in readiness for an invasion of the Federated Suns.[5]

In accordance with the orders the Third remained in their concealed bases for the week that the raiders were on David; the raiders - consisting of elements of the Fourteenth Avalon Hussars, supported by a battalion from the 1894th Light Horse, a former SLDF unit that had joined the mercenary Blue Star Irregulars - engaged elements of the Third Arkab Legion at the port city of Sassari before the Legion staged a deliberate withdrawal, and then spent a week conducting air patrols over the planet before leaving, content that they had the measure of the Combine's border defenses. The presence of the Third went unnoticed, as did the conventional forces hidden in vehicle bunkers constructed to look like transient villages dotted along the Fatima River Basin.[5]

Third Succession War[edit]

In late 3021 the Third suffered severe casualties assisting in the defense of the Kuritan world of Dromini VI against large scale operations by the Wolf's Dragoons mercenary unit's Epsilon Regiment in the employ of House Steiner[6].

Fourth Succession War[edit]

During the Fourth Succession War, the Third Dieron raided the world of Lyons. On orders to wipe out the settlement of New Freedom. [7] On May, 5th, 3029 the regiment attacked the city, and over the course of two days slaughtered the population. On the 17th, the Kell Hounds mercenary unit arrived and conducted a sneak attack against the Regulars. The Kell Hounds' 1st Battalion overran the Third's Command HQ, killing the regiment's commander. After realizing that the unit was cut off from its DropShips, the 3rd in command Tai-sa Hiro Akuto surrendered. [8]

War of 3039[edit]

The Third were assigned to assist a sister regiment, the Twenty-second Dieron Regulars, during the DCMS counterattack against the joint invasion of the Combine. The Twenty-second had been on Konstance when it was invaded by a joint task force consisting of the Fourth Crucis Lancers and Fourth Lyran Regulars line regiments and the mercenary unit Mobile Fire, and had been resisting the occupation for months.[9] With the invasion stalled in the area around Vega due to an ISF strike that decapitated the Lyran command network in the area, the arrival of the Third on Konstance on the 19th of August caused a step-change in the tempo of conflict on the planet. The Third made a daring drop within ten kilometers of Lazarus Bay and swiftly established a defensive line south of the city, seizing on the battle for Konstance as an opportunity to avenge themselves against the LCAF following defeats in the Fourth Succession War. An attempted counterattack by the Fourth Lyran Regulars saw the Lyran forces driven back, confusion on the battlefield allowing the command company from the Third to rout two battalions of lighter Lyran 'Mechs. The Third then attacked the Lyrans after they retreated to Lazarus Bay, with the Twenty-second emerging from hiding to support the assault. With the exception of the Third Division of Mobile Fire the defending forces were less experienced at fighting in urban terrain than the Dieron Regulars, and the assault into the city was a brutal slugfest fought at short range that inflicted widespread damage on Lazarus Bay. Mobile Fire managed to slow the Third and inflict heavy damage on the attackers, but the mercenary commanding officer, Quinten Moore, was killed in action, leaving Mobile Fire under the command of his executive officer. Realising that the Lyran position was untenable, the commanding officer of the Lyran Regulars had his forces fall back to their DropShips, but rather than making a sub-orbital transfer and relocating the Lyran Regulars and Mobile Fire near the Fourth Crucis Lancers, he instead had his DropShips rejoin their JumpShips, leaving the Lancers behind.[10]

Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Crucis Lancers were well-fortified and supported - other than lacking infantry - and could have continued to fight, but both sides knew that the battle for Ishtalia would be costly, and neither General Duncan of the Crucis Lancers, Sho-sho Tatyana Sobiroff of the Twenty-second or Tai-sho James Kurenai of the Third Dieron Regulars wished to see the same kind of damage inflicted on the planetary capital that had devastated Lazarus Bay. The Dieron Regulars besieged Ishtalia for six weeks rather than trying to force their way into the city, but the siege soon identified that the Dieron Regulars lacked the forces to assault the city directly, whilst the Lancers lacked the forces to break out. When General Duncan received recall orders from the AFFC High Command he made contact with the Regulars, requesting a cease-fire; a meeting arranged two days later between Duncan and Kurenai allowed the two commanders to exchange pleasantries and compliments on the respective performance of both their commands, as well as mutual agreement that the campaign could easily tip either way but would involve considerable further bloodshed, which would be wasteful for all involved. With the DCMS counter-invasion sweeping through Combine space, the long-term outcome was most likely a DCMS victory on Konstance; to prevent further bloodshed, Kurenai offered to allow the Lancers to retreat peacefully with their honor intact. Duncan accepted and the last of the Lancers withdrew from Konstance on the 12th of November, leaving the Third and Twenty-second to rebuild.[9]

Clan Invasion[edit]

At the start of 3050, the Third was stationed on Konstance[11] Early in the Clan Invasion, the DCMS moved many regiments from their garrison positions to the Clan front, thus leaving many important worlds without protection. The Third were split in two, 1st and 2nd Battalions moving to guard Dieron while the 3rd Battalion guards the world Altair. [12]

Operation Bulldog[edit]

The Third maintained its positions on Dieron and Altair, these worlds being too strategically important to the Combine to leave unguarded, and no other units being available to take the position.

Dominion War[edit]

The command was tasked with the important defense of Dieron and Altair. Both are planets with important military value. As neither world was attacked, they saw no combat.

Federated Suns Incursion[edit]

After the redeployement of the Eridani Light Horse command to Dieron, the Third could share the burden to defend this planet with another unit.

Jihad[edit]

The Third Dieron Regulars were on Dieron when the Word of Blake launched an invasion of the system on the 4th of February 3068.[13] After destroying the Dragon's Roost via orbital bombardment[14] and launching several attacks against the Third at various remove mining sites that were largely unsuccessful,[15] the Blakists initially concentrated on destroying the Eridani Light Horse at Fort Winston, a part of the Fortress Dieron complex built into Mount Shanyu. The Blakists used multiple tactical nuclear strikes delivered by DropShips against Fortress Dieron to target the Horsemen,[16] although incidental casualties included the city of Aldinga, a major industrial site, which was destroyed when shelling from one Blakist WarShip intended for Fortress Dieron struck a nearby faultline that carved in the entire valley that the city had been nestled in, deep in the heart of Mataeo.[17] Whilst the Eridani Light Horse fought until the surviving Horsemen had been captured, the Blakists subsequently turned those same DropShips on the Third, obliterating much of the regiment.[16]

Hohiro Kurita, the son of the Coordinator, led a task force to try and liberate Dieron on the 16th of April 3068, but was captured in mid-June and initially reported as being missing, presumed dead.[13] The Tenth Ghost had managed to sneak onto Dieron in March, and managed to fortify near Deber City and secure the Iznakki Spaceport, but were eventually ordered to retreat by the Dieron High Command after a furious and intense battle with the mercenary unit Burr's Black Cobras that raged over twenty-six days and claimed the lives of many in both units, including Colonel Richard Burr and Tai-sa Samuel Noda of the Tenth Ghost.[16][18]

Despite two months of hideous losses at the hands of the invading Blakists, the Third attempted to continue to fight, but almost all of the regiment's fixed positions has been destroyed or overwhelmed by March 3069. The attack made by the Tenth Ghost managed to buy the Third a little time, but the bulk of the survivors surrendered after the unit headquarters was overrun by Blakist forces in the Chiloe. Although some survivors scattered, a number were captured by the Blakists and interned in prison camps.[18] The last elements of the Third attempted to survive by raiding ancient SLDF depots in locations like the Atacama Desert, looking to rearm and repair with whatever they could find[19] and hoping to establish a string of firebases, emboldened by Hohiro Kurita's successful escape[20][21] in January 3069[21] with the surviving elements of the Ghosts of the Black Watch.[22] Although the survivors managed to successfully locate a couple of former depots using old survey logs, they found little to help them; when the last ranking officer in the Third[19] - Tai-sa Hyogo[20] - surrendered to Blakist forces at Tibet City[20][19] in 3071[20], the Third effectively ceased to exist.[19]

Following the destruction of the Third, some of the few survivors went on to band together with remnants of other destroyed DCMS commands such as the Ryuken-go and the 16th Legion of Vega to form the mercenary unit known as the Kouki no Otakebi.[23]

Dark Age Era[edit]

Reformed when the Dieron Military District was officially reborn in 3135. The Third has been part of the push into Federated Suns, experiencing hard combat. Currently posted in Errai, giving it a chance to recover after it had lost a little less then half it's strength due to a loss of a Jumpship simply disappearing. [24]

Officers[edit]

During the Star League era the Dieron Regulars battalions were frequently guests of the various planetary governors of worlds close to the border between the Hegemony and the Combine, and all of the senior staff were thoroughly trained in both diplomacy and protocol.[1]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Tai-sa Lynwood Rich.[28]

Tactics[edit]

During the Star League era the Third was considered to be a well-trained military force, but the Third's command staff had a tendency to waste their infantry and armor forces on feints or security missions.[1]

During the Third Succession War the Third specialized in urban combat.[29]

Composition History[edit]

2765[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Veteran/Reliable)[1]

  • BattleMech regiment
  • Three medium armour regiments
  • Three infantry regiments
  • Up to four independent artillery regiments

2786[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Veteran/Reliable)[30]

- At this point in time the Third was a medium-weight regiment operating at full strength and was stationed on Junction.[30]

2821[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Veteran/Reliable)[30]

- At this point in time the Third was a medium-weight regiment and had been reduced to just under half-strength. The Third was stationed on Marlowe's Rift.[30]

3025[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[31]

Note:The command contains mainly medium machines. [29]

3040[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Regular/Reliable)[32]

3050[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Sho-sho Samson Torsibo

3054[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[33]

  • CO: Sho-sho Samson Torsibo

3059[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[26]

  • XO: Chu-sa Alexander Carrington
  • Second Battalion: Chu-sa Jean-Michael Bouchier
  • Third Battalion: Chu-sa Matthew Lodo
Note: The unit received only 12 OmniMechs, because of its defensive deployment and low priority for supplies.

Third Dieron Regulars Aerospace (2 Companies/Regular/Reliable)[26]

  • Wing Commander: Sho-sa Koshiki Anderson
Note: The command is divided, because they must provide air defense for two planets. Should the need arise the ranks can build up to wing level on each world through the assignment of militia fighters.

Dieron Red Brigade (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[26]
Twenty-fifth District Armored (Regiment/Green/Reliable)

  • Armor Commander: Tai-sa Constantine Kohrani
Note: Like the fighter group, the two units provide support for the 'Mech forces on both planets and are only attached temporarily.

Seventh Dieron Protectors (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[26]
Twenty-first Altair Defense Force (Regiment/Green/Reliable)

  • Troop Commander: Tai-sa Yeho Nashamori
Note: These to milita are only are attached should an invasion occur.

3067[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (2 Battalion/Regular/Reliable)

  • CO: Tai-sa Gerrald Hyogo
Note: Clan technology: 20 percent | Advanced IS technology: 67 percent | Omnis: 20 percent [34]

Third Dieron Aerospace (Air Company/Regular/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Sho-sa Koshiki Anderson
Note: Clan technology: 5 percent | Advanced IS technology: 45 percent | Omnis: 10 percent

Dieron Red Brigade (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Tai-sa Constantine Kohrani
Note: Advanced IS technology: 25 percent

Seventh Dieron Protectors (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Tai-sa Yeho Nashamori

Altair Garrison
Third Dieron Regulars (Battalion/Regular/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Chu-sa Matthew Lodo
Note: Clan technology: 15 percent | Advanced IS technology: 65 percent | Omnis: 15 percent

Third Dieron Aerospace (Air Company/Regular/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Chu-i Ezekiel Nagumo
Note: Advanced IS technology: 55 percent | Omnis: 5 percent

255th District Armored (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Tai-i Reginald Berkley
Note: Advanced IS technology: 20 percent

Twenty-first Altair Defense Force (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[34]

  • CO: Tai-sa Kendal Akeley


3145[edit]

Third Dieron Regulars (Veteran/Questionable)[28]

  • CO: Tai-sa Lynwood Rich

Third Dieron Aerospace (Wing/Veteran/Reliable)[28]

  • CO: Tai-sa Shigetoki Deushi

Twenty-seventh Dieron Heavy Armor (Regular/Reliable)[28]

  • CO: Tai-sa Lynwood Rich

Seventy-third Dieron Infantry (Veteran/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Tai-sa Norberto Rocha

Notes[edit]

Rules[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

  • Forces from the Third Dieron Regulars have a 50% chance of each MechWarrior, pilot or vehicle crew receiving a +1 bonus to the Random Experience Level roll when unit experience levels are generated.[35]
  • Each lance from the Third Dieron Regulars has a 25% chance of having the maximum amount of Advanced Components allowed for that lance being double the normal allowance.[35]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Field Report 2765: DCMS, p. 11
  2. Historical: Reunification War, p. 141, "Outworlds Alliance Front"
  3. Historical: Reunification War, p. 121, "Kazanka, Nexus Ri and Zlatousi"
  4. Historical: Reunification War, p. 123, "Pitcairn's Raids"
  5. 5.0 5.1 First Succession War, p. 37, "Holding Back: The Battles for David and Saffel"
  6. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 27
  7. Warrior: Coupé page 104 - Morgan Kell tells his people that ISF reports that the people of New Freedom's goal was to assassinate the Coordinators. The Third Dieron was sent in to annihilate them.
  8. Warrior: Coupé, p. 103 - "Debriefing of the Kell Hounds after the battle of New Freedom".
  9. 9.0 9.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 31, "Konstance (April-July)"
  10. Historical: War of 3039, p. 75, "Konstance (April-July)"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 20 Year Update p. 40
  12. Objective Raids pp. 25
  13. 13.0 13.1 Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 45, "The Jihad In Review"
  14. Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 5, "Dieron"
  15. Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 10, "Deadly Rain"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 6, "Combatants"
  17. Dark Age Republic Worlds, p. 237, "Dieron"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 9, "Combatants"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 13, "Serpents in Stone"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Total Chaos, p. 57, "Dieron (sidebar)"
  21. 21.0 21.1 Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 46, "The Jihad In Review"
  22. Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 7, "Combatants"
  23. Field Report: DCMS, p. 20, "Mercenaries"
  24. Field Manual: 3145, p. 53, "Third Dieron Regulars"
  25. "The Kell Hounds", p 51
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 50, "Unit Profile"
  27. Jihad Turning Points: Dieron, p. 8 - "3rd Dieron Regulars"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 64, "DCMS Deployment Table - 3145"
  29. 29.0 29.1 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p.144
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 First Succession War, p. 137, "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (DCMS)"
  31. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 135
  32. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 138
  33. Objective Raids, p.25
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 34.6 34.7 Field Manual: Updates p.117
  35. 35.0 35.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 182, "Dieron Regulars"

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