1st Royal BattleMech Regiment
|1st Royal BattleMech Regiment|
|Unit Profile (as of 3067)|
|Parent Formation||Star League Defense Force|
The 1st Royal BattleMech Regiment, or Morgan's Lions, is a 'Mech Regiment that served the 2nd Star League during its brief existence. The unit is named for Morgan Hasek-Davion, whose leadership set the foundation of Task Force Serpent's success. Unlike the the Royal units of the first SLDF, which consisted solely of troops from the Terran Hegemony, the 1st Royal BattleMech Regiment drew troops from across the Inner Sphere.
The unit was formed by many of the survivors of Task Force Serpent, at the request of former ComStar Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht. Colonel Andrew Redburn, formerly of the late First Kathil Uhlans, was asked to lead unit. Many of his former countrymen from the now defunct First Kathil joined him, along with several clusters of Clan Nova Cat's Tau Galaxy. Other units that contributed troops to the formation of the 1st Royal include the 11th Lyran Guards, 4th Drakøns, Kingston's Legionnaires and a few members from the Northwind Highlander's MacLeod's Regiment and the 2nd Knights of the Inner Sphere. The unit's 'Mech force consisted of mostly Clan 'Mechs, salvaged from long campaign on Huntress.
Colonel Redburn combed through old Star League recruitment documentation and implemented those old methods of recruitment to give the unit a sense of tradition. All new recruits must start at rank of sergeant and must earn their commission, meaning all commissioned officers in the unit are combat veterans.
Build Up and Training
In course building up the unit, the 1st Royals went through a series of training exercises against ComStar's Invader Galaxy between 3061 and 3062, as well as units from Clan Nova Cat's Tau Galaxy, Eridani Light Horse and the Izanagi Warriors and 1st Genyosha from the Draconis Combine. The unit lost a number of times to the experienced Com Guard force in various training exercises, but the third time they faced them on Tukayyid, the 1st Royal succeeded and came out victorious. The Invaders conducted their battle in the Devil's Bath, an area known for hot steaming mud pits and jagged canyons.
FedCom Civil War
When Victor Steiner-Davion decided leave ComStar to remove his sister from the throne of both FedCom and Lyran Alliance. He instructed thee 1st Royals not to get involved in the Civil War and maintain its neutrality. Though most honored this request, several soldiers felt that they had to fight for their homelands and left the unit. The unit then continued its training, preparing day of it would be called into battle for the League. It conducted number of officer exchange programs with Clan Nova Cat and Clan Wolf (in Exile) fostering mutual cooperation between the factions and the 1st Royal Regiment.
The 1st Royal Regiment was engaged in an extended field exercise on Tukkayid with the Killer Bees when the Word of Blake struck. Any SLDF forces that defended ComStar personnel were destroyed in the same orbital bombardment that killed ComGuard units on the planet's surface. Though the Killer Bees and 21st Centauri Lancers were able to escape Tukkayid, no survivors of the 1st Royal BattleMech Regiment were found.
The Unit had adopted the Black Serpent that is coiled around the Cameron Star, with fangs open ready to strike.
When unit first formed, 20% of the unit consisted of OmniMechs and Clan technology enhanced 'Mechs. Taking advanage of this, the unit has lances worth of Clan equiped 'Mechs concentrate their firepower on individual enemy 'Mechs, taking advange of their superior ranges. While doing this, the entire force slow withdraws from the enemy to keep conventionally armed foes out or range.
- 1st Battalion - CO: Colonel Andrew Redburn
- 2nd Battalion - CO: Carl Sleipness
- 3rd Battalion - CO: Annalise Proctor
After the dissolution of the Second Star League and the subsequent outbreak of the Jihad, it is unclear what the fate of the 1st Royal was. It is possible, but unknown, that the unit was utterly destroyed during the Blakist attack on Tukayyid.
- ↑ Field Manual: ComStar, p. 101 - "1st Royal Regiment" - History - individuals from various Inner Sphere units join the 1st Royal.
- ↑ Field Manual: ComStar, p. 102 - "Redburn uses old SLDF documents and training methods to bring in more people into the unit".
- ↑ Field Manual: ComStar, p. 103 - "1st Royal Regiment history brief".
- ↑ Field Manual: Updates, p. 94
- ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, p. 88
- ↑ Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 105 "Centauri Lancers - Down but never out"
- ↑ Field Manual: ComStar, p. 107 - "Tactics"