Viper Fusiliers (Clan Steel Viper)

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Viper Fusiliers Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3069)
Nickname None
Parent Formation Beta Galaxy
Formed
Disbanded 3069 (Destroyed)


History[edit]

Post Invasion[edit]

In June 3052, the Viper Fusiliers and the 126th Striker Cluster invaded Goat Path. This was part of a larger operation which also involved elements of Alpha Galaxy attacking Blackjack simultaneously. The operation was believed to have been ordered in retaliation for Jade Falcon raids on Steel Viper merchant traffic.[1] Here the Fusiliers and Strikers defeated the Second Falcon Jaegers and Fifth Battle Clusters.[1] The Fusiliers were than posted to Goat Path as it's garrison.[2]

In April 3055, the Fusiliers attacked Bensinger. An off-target landing meant that the Fusiliers landed within weapons range of the defending Jade Falcon 305th Assault Cluster. This resulted in almost twenty-five percent fatalities among the Fusiliers in the first few minutes of battle.[3]

The Steel Viper Cluster rallied and after this initial setback and exploited a gap in their opponents' lines to get in so close that the 305th had to check their fire for fear of hitting their comrades.[3]

In 3060, the Fusiliers were stationed on Goat Path when it was raided by Warrior House Ijori of the Capellan Confederation. The battle caused serious damage to both forces, but was inconclusive.[4] After two weeks of fighting, the Ijoris lifted off-world. Both the Fusiliers and the Ijoris sustained serious losses.[5]

Ejection from the Inner Sphere[edit]

After being removed from the Inner Sphere the Viper Fusiliers and the rest of Beta Galaxy served as the main force that ejected Clan Snow Raven from Homer.[6] After that triumph, they were stationed on Marshall and were still there as of 3067.[7]

In 3069 the Falcon's Second Velites issued a batchall for the Viper Holdings on Marshall, bidding their entire force. Galaxy Commander Zalman bid the Viper Fusiliers in response. The Fusiliers were outnumbered and the battle was fierce. Star Colonel Allen Dumont killed Star Colonel Dien of the Falcons. After this the Falcons broke their bid and called in artillery strikes that decimated the Fusiliers, leaving only a mixed Trinary of 'Mechs and Elementals to claim hegira and retreat from the planet.[8]

The Fusiliers are not mentioned after this action and it appears likely that the cluster was disbanded after taking so many losses.

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Viper Fusiliers Cluster
Star Colonel Tanya Mercer 3024[9]
Star Colonel Allen Dumont 3058 - 3067[4][7]

Tactics[edit]

The Cluster fought with ferocity and was very experienced in small scale tactics, because they had successfully defeated many raids from other Clans over the years.[4]

Composition History[edit]

3057[edit]

Viper Fusiliers [10]

  • Cluster Command Star (1 OmniMech Star)
  • Trinary Alpha (3 OmniMech Stars)
  • Trinary Bravo (3 OmniMech Stars)
  • Trinary Charlie (1 OmniMech/Elemental Nova, 2 Elemental Stars)
  • Trinary Delta (3 OmniMech Stars)
  • Trinary Echo (3 OmniFighter Stars)

3060[edit]

Viper Fusiliers - Elite/Fanatical [4]

  • 5 Trinaries

3067[edit]

Viper Fusiliers - Elite/Fanatical [7]

  • 85% full strength and fully equipped with OmnMechs

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 89, "Fifth Wave" - Goat Path
  2. Objective Raids, p. 30
  3. 3.0 3.1 Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 91, "Post Invasion" - Bensinger
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 144, "Viper Fusiliers Profile"
  5. Era Report: 3062, p. 64
  6. Field Manual: Updates, p. 67
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 80
  8. Wars of Reaving, p. 41
  9. Seven Years' Bad Luck, p. 10
  10. Invading Clans, p. 94

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