1st Davion Guards

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1st Davion Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3062)
Nickname The Strength of Alexander
Parent Formation Davion Brigade of Guards
Formed Unknown
A 1st Davion Guards JagerMech during a weapon test

History

The homeworld of the 1st Davion Guards is New Avalon. After the events of the Davion Civil War, the entire Brigade of Guards was shattered by fighting Dmitri Rostov. The First Davion Guards were the first unit rebuilt by Prince Alexander Davion. Since that time the First Guards RCT was often seen escorting those Princes who took the field, including Ian Davion.[1]

Fourth Succession War

The First Davion Guards landed on Shensi, quickly overwhelming the militia forces there.[2] They then went on to take Tsitsang in the second wave.[3] After sitting out the third wave of attacks, they went to Kawich to defend the AFFS supply depots on that world. On that world they destroyed a Capellan task force based around the 3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry. After fighting for several hours, the Capellan unit was destroyed.[4]

War of 3039

The First Davion Guards and the 17th Avalon Hussars fought the Ryuken-roku on An Ting. Despite the facts, that the First Guards are considered an elite, fanatical command and the AFFS-units outnumbered their opponent 2-to-1, they severly suffered from low moral. When the Ryuken-yon reinforced the Ryuken-roku, the First Davion Guards ultimately retreated off-world. [5]

Operation Bulldog

In 3059, as part of Operation Bird Dog, the 1st Davion Guards RCT of the Federated Commonwealth was largely responsible for capturing the Clan Smoke Jaguar planet of Port Arthur.[citation needed]


FedCom Civil War

The 1st Davion Guards RCT was assigned to New Avalon during the early part of the FedCom Civil War.

In late April of 3063, Marshal Bishop Sortek, commander of the Davion Brigade of Guards and titular commander of the 1st Davion Guards, ordered the First to engage the Loyalist forces threatening them, as the First refused to swear absolute loyalty to Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion. Field Marshal and Prince's Champion Simon Gallagher ordered the Loyalist forces - the 3rd Robinson Rangers, the 10th Deneb Light Cavalry, the New Avalon CMM and several secondary units stationed on New Avalon - to forcibly disarm and disband the First, resulting in the First Battle of New Avalon.[6]

The First Davion Guards stumbled into two Loyalist Mech regiments and were destroyed almost to the last man on December 20, 3063 by the 10th DLC and Third Robinson Rangers, or so the Loyalists thought.[7] It turned out that Sortek ordered an entire regiment of the Guards to hide in the mountains near Avalon City so that they could later assist in liberating New Avalon from Loyalist control.[8] The Special Forces troops of the 1st Davion Guards also survived by hiding amongst the civilian population, in order to carry out sabotage against Loyalist facilities and causing civil unrest.[9]

Jihad

In January of 3068, the last surviving regiment of the 1st Davion Guards merged with the remnants of the 10th Lyran Guards, 5th Donegal Guards and 2nd NAIS Cadet Cadre to become the new 1st Davion Guards RCT.[10] The reformed 1st Davion Guards defended New Avalon from the Word of Blake occupation forces during the Jihad. After the Word withdrew from New Avalon, the First Guards were one of the first units to be rebuilt along the new "defensive pattern" units.[11]

Dark Age

Officers

  • 3062 to October 3063, the commanding officer was Marshal Bishop Sortek. Bishop Sortek was killed on New Avalon in October 3063 while buying time for his unit to escape their pursuers.[14]
  • October 3063 to December 3063, Upon Sortek's death, Major General Wendy Adams assumed command of the unit until it was "destroyed" on December 20, 3063.[15]


Tactics

The First Guards train constantly, which allows them to coordinate their units with a level of experience rarely seen outside the most elite units. Though they are very skilled they refuse to fight in cities because it inflicts too much collateral damage. They will instead move the battlefield to a site of their choosing.[1]

Composition History

3025

1st Davion Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[12]

  • CO: Marshal Stephen Davion

3040

1st Davion Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[17]

3054

1st Davion Guards RCT' (Elite/Fanatical) [18]

3062

1st Davion Guards (Reinforced Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[1]

- The 1st fields four battalions.

1st Davion Guards AeroSpace Brigade (3 Wings)[1]

1st Davion Guards Armor Brigade (4 Regiments/Elite/Reliable)[1]

1st Davion Guards Infantry Brigade (6 Regiments/Elite/Fanatical)[1]

  • CO: Major General Stacy Garver
    • Aide: Leftenant Colonel Travis Nemoure

3077

The First Guards are rebuilt using the new "defensive pattern" philosophy.[19]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 79, "1st Davion Guards Unit Profile"
  2. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 22
  3. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 32
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, pp. 92-93
  5. Historical: War of 3039, p. 102-103
  6. FedCom Civil War, p. 60
  7. FedCom Civil War, p. 78
  8. FedCom Civil War, p. 156
  9. FedCom Civil War, pp. 61, 77-78, 156
  10. Dawn of the Jihad, p. 55
  11. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, pp. 45-46
  12. 12.0 12.1 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 138 (pdf version), "New Avalon Combat Region"
  13. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 33 "AFFC Profiles"
  14. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 77-78
  15. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 77-78
  16. Field Manual: Updates, p. 139, "New Avalon Combat Region"
  17. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 136
  18. Objective Raids, p. 15
  19. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, pp. 45-46

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