|Unit Profile (as of 2870)|
|Unit Disposition - 2870|
|Regiment||Verlo - Veteran|
Clinton's Cutthroats, also referred to as the Clinton Cutthroats, were a veteran mercenary BattleMech regiment with a long history of honorable service to House Marik by 2869. Tired of the wrangling politics in the Free Worlds League, they went to work for Field Marshal Jerome Hasek of the Capellan March in the Federated Suns that year.
Hasek hired them out of his own pocket and sent them to capture the Capellan world of Verlo together with seven other regiments and fighter wings. Privately planning the unsanctioned mission, Hasek had not consulted with the MIIO. As a result, the assault suffered from incomplete intelligence information on the defenders and was mired down, only taking up momentum after a year of fighting. The mercenaries became very frustrated with the situation, which they felt was a result of virtually the same House politics that had driven them away from the Free Worlds League in the first place.
In 2870 a JumpShip appeared and deployed a small courier vessel assumed to be of ComStar origin from which a man and a woman in unmarked overalls emerged, asking to see the CO of the Cutthroats (instead of the Davion commander). Colonel Clinton talked with them for three days, refusing to explain the situation to the furious Davion commander. On the fifth day, three more JumpShips appeared with seven DropShips of a type not seen in the Inner Sphere since Aleksandr Kerensky's Exodus, all in pristine condition, and evacuated Clinton's Cutthroats.
The Federated Suns forces attacked the rogue mercenaries, but it was an uneven fight as they had no 'Mechs at their disposal. Weakened without the mercenaries, they were subsequently overrun by enemy forces and lost three frontline regiments in their withdrawal.
The mysterious disappearance of Clinton's Cutthroats, who were not seen or heard of again, caused many rumors linking them to Kerensky's lost forces.
A note from within ComStar alleges that the embittered mercenaries were selected for hire as guardians of their five Hidden Worlds, following an incident on 15 October 2869 where a JumpShip accidentally discovered one of these worlds (ROM covered this up and killed the captain). The Cutthroats were won over with a relaxing and high-paying garrison contract by ComStar negotiators "disguised as people trying to look like ComStar". Nearly a regiment in total strength after being outfitted by ComStar, half a battalion went to each of ComStar's hidden worlds to guard them. Some descendants of the Cutthroats guard these worlds "to this day" according to the undated note that was uncovered around 3072.
- Handbook: House Davion p. 62
- House Davion (The Federated Suns) p. 80
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents p. 116
- The Star League p. 98