Wolfgang Hansen

Wolfgang Hansen
Born: 3013[1]
Died:
Affiliation House Hansen
Profession/
occupation
Colonel of Hansen's Roughriders
Parents Gerhardt Hansen (father)

Wolfgang "Wolf" Hansen (also spelled "WolfGang"[2]) was the son of Gerhardt Hansen, and succeeded his father as commander of the famous Hansen's Roughriders mercenary unit.

He inherited his father's directness, which endeared him to some subordinates while alienating others; however, even those who disliked him would fight their hardest to prove him wrong, ultimately strengthening the unit.[3]

Character History[edit]

Groomed as his father's successor to lead Hansen's Roughriders, Wolfgang—then a major—performed poorly in the costly defense of the city of Merkator on Pike IV during the War of 3039. The Roughriders suffered heavy losses at the hands of the 5th Sword of Light, losing half a battalion of troops.[4] (Some attributed this to concern about his wife, who was giving birth to their first child on Algol at the time.[5])

Consequently, Wolfgang underwent rigorous extra training for another five years before taking over command of the unit.[5][6]

Although it was noted that he kept the unit in top form through his abilities and attention to detail,[7] the Roughriders saw little actual combat action for some twenty years during their plum posting to Bromhead. It was not until Katherine Steiner-Davion sent them against Clan Jade Falcon that they got a chance to fight the Clans.

Wolfgang Hansen met with the commanders of the two AFFC units on Bromhead and declared for Katherine Steiner-Davion, resulting in the withdrawal of the 2nd Davion Guards from the world on 6 November 3062.[8] The assignment on the Jade Falcon border had endeared Katherine Steiner-Davion to the Roughriders, and they fought for her in the war.[2]

The Bromhead Massacre[edit]

In 3067, while the Roughriders were traveling between contracts, Taurian Concordat troops attacked Bromhead and killed the Roughrider dependants at the base, including Wolfgang Hansen's wife and three youngest children. Ever since, Wolfgang was a dark, brooding officer leading a close-knit group of like-minded individuals. Under his leadership, the Roughriders embarked on a private war against the Taurians during the Jihad that knew no bounds, to the point where they razed Taurian infrastructure to the ground while the defending Taurians soon began to use nuclear weapons against the Roughriders not as a resort but right from the start. Ultimately, the Concordat failed to catch and destroy the Roughriders even though they had sent an entire WarShip task force after them.

Liberation of Terra[edit]

During the Liberation of Terra from the Word of Blake, Hansen's Roughriders were loaned to Stone's Coalition by their employer and saw action at the Texas lowlands where six cobalt-laced nuclear weapons were detonated by the Word of Blake. Though Wolfgang Hansen and a small cadre of troops survived, the Roughriders had to be rebuilt afterwards.

BattleMech[edit]

As of ca. 3039, Major Wolfgang Hansen and his father, Colonel Gerhardt Hansen, were noted for piloting the two CP-10-Z Cyclops 'Mechs with functional Tacticon B-2000 Battle Computers that the unit possessed.[5]

Title and Position[edit]

Preceded by
Gerhardt Hansen
Commander of Hansen's Roughriders
3044 - 3085



Succeeded by
Ludwig Hansen

References[edit]

  1. Masters and Minions, p. 234
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mercenaries Supplemental, p. 37
  3. Combat Manual: Mercenaries, p. 45
  4. Historical: War of 3039, p. 85
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 164
  6. Combat Manual: Mercenaries, p. 44
  7. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 81
  8. FedCom Civil War, p. 30

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