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3rd Alliance Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname unknown
Parent Formation Alliance Guards
Formed 3058
11th FedCom RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3058)
Nickname The Boys from Skye
Parent Formation Federated Commonwealth Corps
Formed 3049

The 3rd Alliance Guards RCT was formerly known as the 11th FedCom RCT. Unusual for such a Lyran unit, medium and light BattleMech designs of Federated Suns manufacture make up two thirds of the RCT , generally in the First and Second Battalions. The Third Battalion has more of a Lyran flavor with more Lyran produced BattleMechs generally in the Heavy and Assault Class. After the FedCom Civil War the RCT had been reduced to only a Battalion of operational Battlemechs.

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History

Early Years

Formed in 3047, the green ranked 11th FedCom was stationed on the the world of Skye until 3058 and, unusually for a FedCom Corps unit, drew almost all its recruits from the Skye March itself. These ties ensured that after the secession of the Lyran Alliance the RCT remained in the LAAF and was renamed as the 3rd Alliance Guards. The newly formed LAAF high command used the units renaming and reorganisation to remove the most ardently pro-Skye troops and replace them with ones more loyal to the Archon. Due to both grumblings about the poor respect given the Alliance Guards and many of the units troops still maintaining ties to their formed base world, the LIC kept the Third under a close eye. [1]

In mid-3058 the still untried 3rd Alliance Guard was relocated to the world Blue Hole on the Jade Falcon border in reaction to the recent invasion of Coventry. Believing they'd finally have a chance to prove themselves, the Third's repeated requests to stage raids on the Clans were refused by Melissia Theatre commander Sharon Byran on the basis of their lack of experience, the unit not selected for Operation Bulldog for the same reason. [1]

FedCom Civil War

By May 3064, the 3rd Alliance Guard had been in a shooting stand-off with the 8th Deneb Light Cavalry alongside the Storm's Metal Thunder mercenary unit when Clan Jade Falcon attacked. The 3rd Alliance Guard would end up fighting against the Turkina Eyrie and Storm's Metal Thunder against the First Swoop. The fighting was brutal and even the 8th Deneb Light Cavalry would try to aid the Loyalist RCT's, though would be fired upon for their efforts. Soon though the 3rd Alliance Guards would have enough and withdrew to Melissia with only four companies of BattleMechs, while the mercenaries would remain on world and soon was destroyed but for two 'Mechs that would later retreat to Melissia. [2] On August 16th,3064, the 3rd Alliance Guard would take part in the fighting on Melissia, where the 3rd Alliance Guard were essentially destroyed by Clan Jade Falcon forces under the command of Khan Marthe Pryde, with the command staff and a few survivors making it off-world under the command of General Adam Steiner to Chapultepec and would take part in some of the fighting there. [2]

After the FedCom Civil War the 3rd Alliance Guard would remain on the LAAF rolls at the request of Hauptmann-General Isadora Agravaine, even though after the war the RCT had been reduced to only a Battalion of salvaged BattleMechs and two companies of vehicles with the rest of the RCT being a present only on paper. The 3rd Alliance Guard's attempts to rebuild has also been hindered by the LAAF's emphasis on rebuilding combat worthy units, rather than replacing the 3rd Alliance Guard's losses. [3] By 3067 the 3rd Alliance Guard would return to Melissa and take up a garrison post there to rebuild. [3]

Jihad and Beyond

Like the rest of the Alliance Guards, the Third acted as a reserve force during the Word of Blake Jihad, supplementing commands damaged during the occupations of Tharkad and Hesperus II. The unit's sole action of note during the period was its defense of Timbiqui's famous brewery from pirate raiders, video footage of a Third Guards Zeus bring sprayed down by a beer truck as it tore a bandit Centurion apart with its energy weapons receiving extensive airplay across the Inner Sphere.[4]

Mirroring their rebirth, much of the losses suffered by the Third during the Jihad came not from combat but with transfers of troops and material to recoup the losses of more favored commands, further damaging the units poor morale. Near the end of the line of supplies at the best of times, like the rest of the Alliance Guards, the Third chose to sacrifice its older equipment to prioritise the maintenance of its more modern machines as the Jihad crippled shipping.[4]

Officers

As of 3050 the 11th FedCom was commanded by Hauptmann General Amos Bronson Harrington. [5]

As of 3067 the Third was commanded by Leutnant-General Martin Andor, who commanded the Third and before it the 11th FedCom the since 3052. A former member of the 1st Kathil Uhlans, Andor was nominated for the command by First Prince Hanse Davion shortly before his death, retaining his post after the Alliance's succession on the back of his increasingly negative opinion of the actions of Victor Steiner-Davion. The 3rd Alliance Armor Brigade was commanded by Colonel Roberto Huntingdon, and the 3rd Alliance Infantry Brigade was commanded by Colonel Bill Scathlock.[1]

Tactics

The 3rd Alliance Guards, and before that the 11th FedCom, train in a medley of tactics both offensive and defensive, though up until the FedCom Civil War had little chance to put their training into practice.[1]

Composition History

3054

11th F-C RCT (Green/Reliable)[5]

3054

11th FedCom RCT (Green/Reliable) [6]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Marlin Andor [6]

3062

3rd Alliance Guards (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Martin Andor

Note:The command is considered light weight with many foreign machines in its roster.

3rd Alliance Guards Aerospace Brigade (1 Wing)[1]

  • CO: Kaptain Nasir Malik Hammed
    • 2nd Alliance Wing

3rd Alliance Armor Brigade (2 Regiments/Green/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Roberto Huntingdon
  • 11th Alliance Heavy Armor Regiment: Colonel Roberto Huntingdon
  • 92nd Skye Light Armor Regiment: Colonel Jonathan Lyttle

3rd Alliance Infantry Brigade (4 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Bill Scathlock
  • Aide: Leutnant-Colonel Mercham Miller
  • 21st Alliance Infantry Regiment: Colonel Gerald Watson
  • 22nd Alliance Infantry Regiment: Colonel Corrinne de Kondservsky
  • 44th Independent Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Andrew Clatworthy
  • 11th FedCom Jump Infantry Regiment: Colonel Adebayo Fasinro

3067

3rd Alliance Guards (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Martin Andor

3rd Alliance Guards Aerospace Brigade (1 WingVeteran/Reliable)[7]

3rd Alliance Armor Brigade (2 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Colonel Roberto Huntingdon

3rd Alliance Infantry Brigade (4 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Bill Scathlock

Notes

  • When the 3rd Alliance Guard was a member of the Federated Commmonwealth Corp RCTs, the 12th primarily used the FedCom Corps crest as their insignia. After being renamed to the they changed it to the Alliances Mail Fist on a skye green disk and beneath it the Roman number III.
  • The parade colors of the Third, is the same as when it was a member of the FedCom Corps, navy blue with gold banding on the arms and legs of 'Mechs. Gold is also used to highlight panels on the upper torsos of 'Mechs and turrets of armor units, resulting in a checkerboard pattern. Aftr being renamed, the color scheme was changed to a brown and tan paint scheme and replaces the black edging with green edging.

Reference

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 45, "3rd Alliance Guards Unit Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 FedCom Civil War, p. 114
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 166
  4. 4.0 4.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 8 "Alliance Guards"
  5. 5.0 5.1 20-Year Update, p. "Federated Commonwealth Deployment Tables - Skye March - Wyatt Theater - Gacrux Command"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Objective Raids, p. 19
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Field Manual: Updates p.178

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