War of 3039

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The War of 3039 was a relatively minor conflict that involved the Federated Suns and Lyran Commonwealth (as the Federated Commonwealth), versus the Draconis Combine.

Background

In the Fourth Succession War, the alliance between House Davion and House Steiner had allowed the Federated Suns to deliver a shattering blow to the Capellan Confederation. Prince Hanse Davion decided to attempt to duplicate this success almost a decade later against the Draconis Combine. Since Lyran Commonwealth Archon Katrina Steiner had pledged not to prosecute any more wars, she stepped down months before the beginning of the war in favor of her daughter, Archon-designate Melissa Steiner.

However, the Combine had realized such an attack to be a logical consequence of the Fourth Succession War, and had been preparing for it for the past years. The differences between the Combine in 3039 and the Capellans in 3028 were legion, and the strategic situation was decidedly different: this time, Davion did not have the advantage of having double agents in the highest ranks of the enemy military. The Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery had also recuperated from the Fourth Succession War and the Ronin Wars much faster than anyone had anticipated, owing in part to a technological renaissance brought about by the Helm Memory Core. New 'Mech designs such as the Hatamoto-Chi, the Daboku and the CGR-1A9 Charger variant had been created in preparation for the expected attack.

Furthermore, Gunji-no-Kanrei Theodore Kurita had created a neutral buffer state along two thirds of his realm's border with the Steiner realm by granting rebellious border worlds their freedom and allowing the Free Rasalhague Republic (FRR) to form. On the sidelines, this had forced House Steiner to also commit numerous contested worlds on their side of the border to the new state, thus nullifying their gains in the previous war. ComStar had actively supported the formation of the FRR and provided the DCMS with BattleMechs from their own stocks as an incentive, including (by error or by design) lostech equipment that had not been seen in the Inner Sphere for decades, if not centuries.

Technological Renaissance

The War of 3039 was notable for being the first conflict in decades, if not in centuries, where vintage Star League-era technology provided by ComStar as well as new or rediscovered technologies were employed on any significant scale (discounting the use of HPG Fax "black boxes", and rare individual cases during the Fourth Succession War where double heat sinks, Triple Strength Myomer and the EW Equipment were employed in their experimental stages). Unfortunately the Allies were unaware of Gunji-no-Kanrei Theodore Kurita's secret deal with ComStar.

Listen-Kill Missiles saw their first widespread deployment in this conflict. However, the Draconis Combine not only reverse-engineered the new technology and used them against the attackers within a very short time; they were also quick to develop and distribute an ECM package to their frontline units that negated the effect of the L-K technology. When the technology was finally ready for mass-production in 3042, the ubiquity of the ECM technology had already rendered it largely useless.

The War

The attack was apparently quite unimaginative, carried out with a conservative strategy that mostly relied on strength of numbers to exploit the Combine's perceived lack of fighting equipment. Theodore Kurita answered with a bold bluff. The Combine fought a delaying action, committing mostly conventional units to bog down the attackers while strong forces were committed to Operation Orochi, a quick counter-attack that captured several worlds including Quentin, an important 'Mech factory site. Operation Orochi was a gamble because it stretched the Combine's defenses to the limit and completely stripped rearward areas of any combat equipment, effectively exposing the Combine's flank to the onslaught. However, the bluff worked and the swift counterattack created the illusion of a much stronger military than the DCMS actually was at the time, augmented by the appearance of vintage Star League era equipment and entirely new BattleMech designs. It succeeded not only in forcing the attackers on the defensive, drawing units scheduled for assaults to defense assignments and thereby upsetting the invasion timetables; made insecure by these unforeseen developments, Hanse Davion aborted the offensive and called an end to the War in 3040. It would be eleven years before he would find out that he fell for Theodore's bluff.

Wave One

By March of 3039 all LCAF and AFFS units were in place for the coming invasion, however the leaders of the alliance still needed a casus belli, if only to placate potential domestic and international protest. The justification eventually seized upon were the violent actions taken by the Combine to suppress protests on former Davion worlds it had conquered; that these protests had been instigated and supported by the alliance was a minor detail. On April 15 Prince Hanse Davion made a public proclamation against this barbaric treatment of worlds it still laid claim to and that "steps must be taken to deal with the Kurita tyranny," even as units were already en transit or had even begun their assaults. The next day the war officially began when Steiner and Davion units made the jump into Kuritan systems.[1]

Although there had been no strategic surprise in this invasion as during Fourth Succession War, a measure of tactical surprise was achieved thanks to the alliance's use of the commercial-military command circuits to secretly assemble units at their jump-off positions. Additionally the sheer scope of the assault also caught the Kuritans off-guard as eight worlds were invaded in the opening phase of the first wave, most within the Dieron Military District and targeting in particular An Ting, New Mendham and Vega. Native garrison forces often melted away in the face of such serious opposition, while rivalries between front-line and militia units on worlds defended by both led to uncoordinated and ineffectual resistance. The situation worsened in late April as another sixteen worlds were attacked, again most from within the Dieron district, followed in early May when worlds of the Galedon and Benjamin districts were struck. By the end of the month over thirty Combine worlds were either under the control of or in the process of being conquered by the Steiner-Davion alliance.[1]

The DCMS commander structure was also in disarray at this point, and not just from the sheer shock of the assault and mass of fleeing civilians clogging up the shipping lanes. Cooperation was poor and conflicting orders were given by senior officers who supported either the traditionalist views of the Coordinator or the reformation views of his son. Over the next few weeks Kaneri Kurita did his best to blunt the invasion and regain the initiative, facing internal opposition especially in the Galedon and Bejamin districts. In the mean time the alliance continued to exploit this confusion by operating freely along the border and preparations were made to begin Wave Two in July.[1]

Commonwealth Thrust - Operation WINTERSCHNEE

"Operation Winter Snow" was commanded by General Nondi Steiner and given the task of isolating the Dieron district from the rest of the Combine. It would accomplish this by attacking six worlds in the first wave, including the key prefecture capitals of Kessel and Vega, eventually linking up with the Dieron Thrust during the Second Wave to complete the isolation. Because it was the only thrust launched entirely from Commonwealth territory, it quickly became known as the Commonwealth Thrust. It was planned to take three months to complete the conquest of these worlds, and despite fierce resistance these timetables held, pleasing Lyran leadership and setting the stage for further victory.[2]

Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
15 April - Mid-May Alnasi AFFS

LCAF

Militia FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 25 April, DCMS attacks continue to mid-May
  • FedCom units suffer <10% casualties
  • Low-level guerrilla activity continued into July
15 April - Late June Kessel LCAF DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed, military governorship declared 27 April
  • Lyran units suffer <10% casualties
  • 12th Sun Zhang suffer <40% casualties, "retreat" off-world
  • Low-level guerrilla activity continued into June, becomes active in July
16 April - 24 April Alrakis LCAF DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 24 April
  • 11th Legion suffer <25% casualties, forced to retreat
  • 23rd Arcturan suffer <10% casualties
19 April - 26 June Vega AFFS

LCAF

Mercenary

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 26 June
  • FedCom units suffer <10% casualties, mercenary units suffer <25% casualties
  • 14th Legion suffer <40% casualties, 5th Amphigean suffers <60% casualties, retreat off-world
  • General Nondi Steiner establishes new HQ on 5 July
27 April - 13 June Altais LCAF

Mercenary

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Planetary government surrenders 15 May, Ghost resistance continues to 13 June
  • 1st Ghost effectively destroyed, 2nd Ghost suffer <60% casualties, forced to retreat
  • 8th Donegal and Dragonslayers suffer <25% casualties, Gray Death suffer <40% casualties
28 April - Mid-July Konstance AFFS

LCAF

Mercenary

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 21 May
  • FedCom units suffer <10% casualties
  • 22nd Dieron suffer <25% casualties, begin guerrilla campaign into July

Dieron Thrust - Operation STURMHAMMER

"Operation Storm Hammer", under the command of Field Marshal Vanessa Bisla, was the second of two thrusts aimed to isolate the Dieron district, striking at worlds in the Al Nair and Ashio prefectures before eventually linking up with the Commonwealth Thrust. While also under Lyran leadership, this 'Dieron Thrust' was instead primarily made up of mercenaries: nine regiments total combined with three regiments each from the AFFS, AFFC and LCAF. Of the nine worlds invaded only one was defended by front-line forces, thus LCAF command did not expect any serious opposition to their conquest. Instead it was important that the invaders quickly dig-in for the expected counter-attack, after which these worlds were expected to serve as jump-off points for follow-on invasions in the planned Second and Third waves.[3]

While no invasion was launched against the district capital of Dieron itself, various covert operations were conducted in and around the planet in preparation for a possible assault at a later date. These included attacks by LIC agents against military command and transportation infrastructure during the months of May and June. The most serious of these took place in June when companies of Lyran Marines sought to seize control of the system's nadir and zenith point recharge stations. The first attack on 10 June, against the Olympus station at the nadir point, was only just repulsed before the marines could take the command deck. The second attack on 13 June was against the zenith-point Bastion station, and attempted to use space debris aimed at the station which would force it's evacuation. This attack was only thwarted when the station's Helm-upgraded sensors detected and destroyed the space debris. Had these attempts worked, it was expected that the Davion Assault Guards, 33rd Avalon Hussars, 17th Donegal Guards, 3rd Royal Guards and Wolf's Dragoons would've been used to conquer the planet no later than during the Third Wave.[4]

With the attacks underway, Tai-shu Michi Noketsuna was ordered by the Coordinator and Kanrei Theodore to hold the district capital and its attendant worlds at all costs on 29 April. Recognizing that simply waiting for the enemy to attack would accomplish nothing, the warlord interpreted his orders such that he released his Ryuken regiments to conduct localized raids into the Terran Corridor linking the Lyran-Davion state. While not inflicting any significant damage, they succeeded in drawing some forces away from the invasion in order to counter them. Noketsuna also activated contingency plans for ISF-backed guerrilla movements to resist the occupation forces and oversaw actions to limit the enemy's covert intelligence operations.[4][5] Some of these covert actions included attempts to infiltrate Field Marshal Bisla's headquarters on Caph, which also served as the primary supply depot for the thrust. However, the headquarter's physical isolation and the population's anti-Combine attitudes severely limited the effectiveness of these operations.[5]


Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
16 April - 9 May Athenry Mercenary Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Minimal resistance
  • Lyran authority declared on 27 April
  • 21st Rim Worlds suffers <10% casualties against militia on 9 May
19 April - Mid-May Kervil LCAF Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed Mid-May
  • Lyran units suffer <10% casualties
  • LIC discovers evidenced of lostech in use by Combine
26 April - Early June Biham AFFS

Mercenary

Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Minimal resistance destroyed by early June
  • Invaders suffer minimal casualties
28 April - Late June Ancha AFFC

Mercenary

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 29 April
  • 1st Shin suffers <40% casualties, begins low-level guerrilla activity into July
  • 6th FedCom and DeMaestri's Sluggers suffer <25% casualties
28 April - Late June Telos IV AFFS

Mercenary

Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 5 May
  • Invaders suffer <10% casualties
  • Low-level guerrilla activity through June
30 April - 5 May Halstead Station AFFC

Mercenary

  • Roman's Bar Hounds, Fighting Urukhai
Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Minimal resistance destroyed by 5 May
  • Invaders suffer minimal casualties
April - June Sadachbia AFFS

Mercenary

Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Garrison forces surrender without fight
1 May - Late June Nashira AFFC

Mercenary

  • Delta Regiment, 12th Vegan Rangers
Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed by 21 May
  • Invaders suffer <10% casualties
  • Low-level guerrilla activity continued into June, becomes active in July
12 May - Early June Pike IV LCAF

Mercenary

Militia FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed in early June
  • Invaders suffer <10% casualties

Benjamin Thrust - Operation GAHERIS

Operation GAHERIS was launched in support of the Commonwealth and Dieron Thrusts, keeping Combine forces from coming to the aid of the Dieron district by striking into the Benjamin district. This operation was no less important though as, depending on how the battle went, the worlds conquered here could serve as staging points for an assault on Benjamin itself. Thus there was some trepidation when Field Marshal James Sandoval was given overall command of the Benjamin Thrust. A political appointee, Duke Sandoval nevertheless was a proven commander and made a point to host a gathering of his subordinates at his family estate in improve relations and implement last-minute changes to the plan. Six worlds were attacked in the First Wave, and but for minor setbacks their conquest went as planned.[6]


Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
24 April - 22 July Fellanin II AFFS
  • Support Brigade
    • 2 Mech. Inf. Regiments
      1 Armored Regiment

Mercenary

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 22 July
  • 71st Light Horse suffer <25% casualties
    21st Striker suffer <40% casualties
  • 4th Proserpina effectively destroyed
May Klathandu IV AFFS Militia
  • Citizen's Brigade, few 'Mech lances
FedCom Victory
  • Planetary government surrenders,
    arrests and turns over Combine governor
17 May - 16 June Marduk AFFS DCMS

Militia

  • Several conventional regiments
FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed 16 June
  • DCMS units effectively destroyed
  • FedCom units suffer <25% casualties
April - July Matar AFFS Militia
  • One Armor regiment
Planet Contested
  • Organized resistance destroyed,
    primary objectives seized by 30 June
  • FedCom units suffer <10% casualties
  • Planet contested by hostile population
    prior to DCMS counter-attack
11 April - Mid-May New Mendham AFFS Militia
  • 2 combined-arms battalions
FedCom Victory
  • Organized resistance destroyed mid-May
  • FedCom units suffer <10% casualties
15 April - Early May Sadalbari AFFC

AFFS

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • FedCom forces secure majority of world
    by early May
  • 5th Davion suffers <25% casualties,
    3rd FedCom suffers <40% casualties
  • 2nd Shin suffer <40% casualties, fortify
    themselves at former Castle Brian

Galedon Thrust - Operation LAUNCELOT

The AFFS' thrust into the Galedon Military District was the least important of the four operations, being assigned just seventeen 'Mech regiments, yet was commanded by Field Marshal Ardan Sortek, most trusted adviser to Hanse Davion. The reason for this is unknown, as well as the true intent for the operation: the aim of the invasion lay along the shortest path to Luthien itself, and plans were in place to shift units between it and the Benjamin Thrust as needed. Nevertheless, the operation succeeded in achiving its limited goals of taking its six target worlds during the first wave.[7]

Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
11 April-June An Ting AFFS DCMS
  • Various conventional regiments

Militia

  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • 1st Davion suffer <10% casualties
  • 17th Avalon suffer <25% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
  • Low-level guerrilla activity
18 May - 27 May Capra AFFS Militia
  • Several battalions
FedCom Victory
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
19 May - July Delacruz AFFS

LCAF

DCMS FedCom Victory
  • 42nd Avalon suffers <10% casualties
  • 3rd Lyran suffers <25% casualties
  • 8th Sword effectively destroyed
30 April - 11 May Elidere IV AFFS

Mercenary

Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • 1st Ceti suffers <10% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
5 April - 15 April Huan Mercenary

AFFS

  • Two infantry regiments
Militia
  • Armored and infantry forces
FedCom Victory
  • Dismal forces suffer <10% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
2 May - July Thestria Mercenary

AFFS

  • Two infantry regiments
Miliita FedCom Victory
  • Dioscuri forces suffer <25% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed

Davion Mercenary Actions

A year prior to the war, FedCom special forces had been inserted on several worlds to recruit dissidents into anti-Combine insurgent organizations. When the invasion began, these groups rose up in rebellion, with mercenary units sent by the AFFC to assist them, in the hopes of drawing DCMS forces away from the main thrusts. The ruse looked to have worked when the Coordinator ordered significant forces away from the Benjamin Military District to put down these rebellions, however the intervention of Gunji-no-Kanrei Kurita lessened the impact of these reassignments. As such, the rebellions met various levels of success.[8]

Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
26 February - 12 March Galtor III Mercenary Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Clifton's Rangers suffer <25% casualties.
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
  • Planet secured by end of March
10 March - 16 March Bergman's Planet Mercenary Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom Victory
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
16 March - Ongoing Harrow's Sun Mercenary DCMS Stalemate
  • Miller's Marauders suffer <60% casualties,
    stranded on planet
  • Ryuken-yon suffer <40% casualties
  • Resistance effectively destroyed,
    low-level guerrilla activity continues
March Lima Mercenary Militia
  • Several infantry battalions
FedCom victory
March - April Royal Mercenary Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom victory
  • Fuchida's Fusiliers suffer <40% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
March - July McComb Mercenary DCMS
  • Several conventional regiments
Stalemate
  • Martian Cuirassiers suffer <40% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
March - July New Aberdeen Mercenary Militia
  • Unknown
FedCom victory
  • Cunningham's Commandos suffer <10% casualties
  • Defenders effectively destroyed
  • Low-level guerrilla activity

Lyran Mercenary Raids

Though focusing the bulk of efforts on Operations Winternee and Sturmhammer, the Lyran Commonwealth also ordered the Killer Bees and Knights of St. Cameron mercenary units to launch deep raids across the neutral Free Rasalhague Republic into the Combine, an attempted distraction to keep the DCMS off-balance and try and prevent troops posted in Alshain and Pesht Military Districts from redeploying quickly to the main front. Setting out as as early as a month before the first invasion wave was launched, the mercenaries struck deep in the Combine before finally withdrawing as the second wave faltered in the face of Combine counter-attack.[9]

Inspiring wide-spread fear in the Combine's civilian population as the mercenaries struck numerous worlds on the most direct paths to important targets such as Pesht and Buckminster, on the surface the raids did succeed in prompting a redeployment of Combine troops to better protect Alshain and Pesht, but in many cases the DCMS merely transferred less seasoned troops into the region as more proficient ones were moved to help repulse the Allies invasion thrusts. The raids also damaged relations between the newborn Free Rasalhague Republic and the Lyran Commonwealth, the Republic Riksdag and the Elected Prince lodging diplomatic protests regarding the Lyran's violation of their neutrality.[9]

DCMS Counter-Strike

Almost as soon as the first Lyran forces crossed the border, the DCMS enacted several contingency plans to redeploy troops from the interior to counter-attack or oppose any further advances, but they were designed more to oppose heavy raids in force rather than full invasion. As the sheer scale of the combined FedCom thrusts became clear, the bulk of the DCMS was shocked into virtual inaction by the overwhelming opposition they faced, practically confirmed by the Coordinator's desperate "Hold at All Costs" defensive orders.[10]

Not all heeded the Coordinator's orders: a few units choose to adopt an exceedingly liberal interpretation of them and launch offensive strikes to try and convince the Lyran and Davion forces to delay any further thrusts. Similar to the Lyran mercenary deep strikes, the 4th Arkab Legion and the 11th Alshain Regulars launched raids in the Lyran Commonwealth that did little material damage but forced the LCAF to expend resources to hunt them down. The most notable however was the counter-raids launched by the Dieron based Ryuken regiments at the direction of Tai-shu Michi Noketsuna.[10]

While the Ryuken's attacks against New Earth, Procyon and Saffel would prove highly successful, thanks to lackluster intelligence reports their strike against Caph would prove near disastrous after the Ryuken-ni and Ryuken-san were shocked to discover two additional elite AFFS RCTs and, in possibly the greatest irony of the war, the Wolf's Dragoons were on-world. With the outnumbered Ryuken quickly surrounded, a bold and risky strike at a isolated AFFS staging base hidden in radioactive wastelands broke the stalemate and gave them to opening to escape off-world. Though little more than a footnote in the history of the war, the fighting did serve a cathartic purpose for both the Ryuken and the Dragoons, helping to lay the demons of Misery to rest.[10] [11]

Wave Two and Counterattack

Commonwealth Thrust - Operation WINTERSCHNEE

On 12 July, General Nondi Steiner and the rest of the command staff for Operation WINTERSHCNEE were in the government center on Vega with the intention of announcing Wave Two of their attack. Before it could begin though, a strike force of DEST units staged a daring parachute landing atop the complex. While one team fought its way inside, the second rappelled along the outside of the building and, with security forces tied up fighting the first team, entered the briefing room where the senior officers had gathered. General Nondi was seriously wounded before the attackers were finally neutralized, effectively taking her out of the fight.[12] At the same time, ISF agents knocked out the local communication network and DCMS troops invaded Vega and other planets captured by the Commonwealth Thrust. With unified command effectively cut off, each world was forced to face these counter-attacks alone, giving the DCMS the initiative.[13]


Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
12 July - 16 August Vega DCMS AFFS

Mercenary

DC Victory
  • Defenders suffer <40% casualties,
    retreat to Baxter
  • 2nd Dieron suffers <40% casualties
  • 2nd Legion suffers <60% casualties
  • 14th Legion effectively destroyed
12 July - 13 August Alrakis DCMS LCAF DC Victory
  • 11th legion suffers <25% casualties
  • 8th Alshain suffers <25% casualties
  • 23rd Arcturan suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats 13 August
16 July - 9 October Kessel DCMS LCAF DC Victory
  • 2nd Donegal suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats to Ryde
  • 2nd Sword, 4th Skye suffers <40% casualties
  • 5th Sun Zhang suffers <60% casualties
  • 11th Lyrans, 12th Sun Zhang effectively destroyed
  • Local resistance continues into December
July 22 - 11 August Alnasi DCMS LCAF DC Victory
  • 6th Aslahin suffer <40% casualties
  • 1st Sun Zhang suffers <60% casualties
  • 26th Lyran suffers <40% casualties,
    retreats 11 August
19 August - 12 November Konstance DCMS LCAF DC Victory
  • 4th Lyran suffers <40% casualties,
    retreats 12 November
  • DCMS forces suffer <40% casualties

Dieron Thrust - Operation STURMHAMMER

The first wave of the Dieron Thrust had succeeded in isolating the district capital: communication with the rest of the district was still possible thanks to ComStar, but with FedCom forces blockading the planet supplies were slowly but inevitably being depleted. Though he had been ordered to hold his worlds at all cost, Tai-shu Noketsuna gambled on taking part in the counter-attack launched by Kanrei Theodore. Stripping units from worlds which would have come under attack during the FedCom second wave - including Dieron itself - the warlord launched spoiling attacks on FedCom-controlled worlds concurrent with the greater Combine counteroffensive.[5]

Noketsuna's counterattacks launched just as allied forces were readying themselves expected Wave Two attacks, and achieved the desired effect ordering the cancellation of the second wave. The 2nd Davion Guards had already attacked and captured the planet Altair in July when they received recall orders and were forced to return to Addicks.[14] Perhaps the most contentious loss FedCom forces suffered was Kervil, though DCMS forces only targeted the surrounding worlds. As the extent of the counterattack became apparent, Field Marshal Bisla ordered the units stationed there to reinforce its neighbors, leaving the planet undefended when the Combine reoccupied it in December.[15] In the end Noketsuna's ploy worked, and while his units were bogged down in months of fighting, their sacrifice bought valuable breathing space for the rest of the district.[5]

Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
13 July - 4 September Biham DCMS AFFS
  • 8th Crucis Lancers

Mercenary

  • Laurel's Legion
DC Victory
  • 8th Crucis suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats to Murchison
  • Laurel's Legion suffers <40% casualties, retreats
  • 5th Ghost suffers <25% casualties
  • 6th Ghost suffers <60% casualties
14 July - 10 December Athenry DCMS Mercenary
  • 1894th Light Horse (BSI)
  • 21st Rim Worlds (BSI)
DC Victory
  • 27th Dieron suffers <40% casualties
  • 12th Dieron suffers <60% casualties
  • BSI forces suffer <40% casualties,
    retreat to Lambrecht
19 July - 26 September Ancha DCMS AFFC
  • 6th FedCom RCT

Mercenary

  • DeMaestri's Sluggers, Fighting Urukhai
DC Victory
  • 6th Fedcom suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats to Addicks
  • 18th Dieron suffers <60% casualties
  • 1st Shin, Urukhai effectively destroyed
August Halstead Station DCMS AFFC
  • 5th FedCom RCT

Mercenary

  • Roman's Bar Hounds, Fighting Urukhai
DC Victory
  • Sword of Light forces suffer <40% casualties
  • Urukhai suffer <40% casualties, retreats
  • 5th FedCom effectively destroyed, retreats
19 July - November Nashira DCMS AFFC
  • 1st FedCom RCT

LCAF

  • 7th Donegal Guards

Mercenary

  • Delta Regiment, 12th Vegan Rangers
DC Victory
  • 7th Donegal suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats to Lambrecht
  • 1st FedCom, Vegan Rangers suffers
    <40% casualties, retreats to Errai
  • 2nd Genyosha suffers <40% causalities
  • 1st Genyosah suffers <60% casualties
19 July - 16 November Pike IV DCMS LCAF
  • 30th Lyran Guards
  • 17th Skye Rangers

Mercenary

  • Hansen's Roughriders
DC Victory
  • 17th Skye suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats to Lambrecht
  • 30th Lyran suffers <40% casualties,
    retreats to Lambrecht
  • Roughriders suffer <60% casualties,
    retreats to Lambrecht
  • 5th Sword suffers <40% casualties
  • 24th Dieron suffers <60% casualties
20 July - 2 October Telos IV DCMS AFFS
  • 22nd Avalon Hussars

Mercenary

  • Gamma Regiment, 12th Vegan Rangers
DC Victory
  • 22nd Avalon, Vegan Rangers suffer

<40% casualties, retreat to Errai

  • 2nd Benjamin suffers <60% casualties
  • 41st Dieron effectively destroyed
23 July - 11 December Sadachbia DCMS AFFS
  • 8th Deneb Light Cavalry

Mercenary

  • Redfield Renegades
DC Victory
  • 8th Deneb suffers <40% casualties,
    retreats to Addicks
  • Renegades suffer <40% causalities,
    retreats
  • 9th Dieron effectively destroyed


Benjamin Thrust - Operation GAHERIS

Kanrei Theodore took a personal interest in the counter-attack against the Benjamin thrust. This included bringing in forces from the Galedon Military District as well as deploying units of the Ghost Regiments and Amphigean Light Assault Groups, while at the same time sending several Benjamin district units to reinforce the Dieron district.[16] When the counter-attack started, not as many of the AFFS units were in transit their next targets as few such attacks had been planned for the second wave, though attacks on Homam and Irurzun which were underway at the time were called off, though only on Homam had combat operations truly begun.[17]

With the DCMS counter-attack underway, the hold order had been given from New Avalon to all offensive operations by the allied forces. However, Field Marshal Sandoval recognized the chance to seize several poorly-defended worlds and took it, not only violating standing orders but also requisitioning units from the Dieron operation in his official capacity as commander of the Draconis March. While Sandoval succeeded in his gamble - and indeed the worlds he took represented some of the few lasting victories the FedCom alliance retained from the war - there was serious political blowback from his maneuvering.[17]

Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
19 July - 18 October Sadalbari DCMS AFFC
  • 3rd FedCom RCT

AFFS

  • 5th Davion Guards
DC Victory
  • 5th Davion suffers <40% casualties,
    retreats to David
  • 3rd FedCom effectively destroyed,
    retreats to David
  • 7th Ghost suffers <40% casualties
  • 8th Ghost suffers <60% casualties
  • 2nd Shin effectively destroyed
19 July - 22 October New Mendham DCMS AFFS
  • Davion Light Guards
  • 1st Chisholm's Raiders
DC Victory
  • Light Guards suffer <40% casualties,
    retreat to Breed
  • 1st Chisholm's effectively destroyed,
    retreats to Breed
  • 1st Amphigean suffers <40% causalities
  • 2nd Amphigean <60% casualties
1 August - 13 October Marduk DCMS AFFS
  • 1st Robinson Rangers
  • 10th Deneb Light Cavalry RCT
DC Victory
  • 1st Robinson suffers <25% casualties,
    retreats to Breed
  • 10th Deneb suffers <40% casualties,
    retreats to Robinson
  • 8th Galedon suffers <40% casualties
  • 6th Benjamin effectively destroyed
4 August - 14 October Klathandu IV DCMS AFFS
  • 7th Crucis Lancers
  • 2nd New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
DC Victory
  • AFFS forces suffer <25% casualties,
    retreat to Xhosa VII
  • DCMS forces effectively destroyed
23 August - 3 September Fellanin II DCMS Mercenary
  • 71st Light Horse (ELH)
DC Victory
  • 71st Light Horse effectively destroyed,
    retreats to David
  • 2nd Arkab suffers <40% casualties
  • 4th Proserpina effectively destroyed
24 August - 7 September Homam Mercenary DCMS
  • Local Militia
DC Victory
  • ELH forces suffer <10% casualties,
    ordered to withdraw to David
  • Local resistance effectively destroyed
August Cylene AFFS DCMS
  • Local Militia
FedCom Victory
  • 4th Davion suffers <10% casualties
  • Local resistance effectively destroyed
30 August - September Markab AFFS DCMS
  • Local Militia
FedCom Victory
  • 5th Syrtis suffers <25% casualties
  • Local resistance effectively destroyed
20 September - 4 December Matar DCMS AFFS
  • 1st Kestrel Grenadiers
  • 1st Kathil Uhlans
  • 23rd Federation Primary
    Relief Infantry Brigade
DC Victory
  • 1st Kestrels suffer <60% casualties,
    retreats to David
  • 1st Kathil effectively destroyed,
    retreats to David
  • 12th Ghost suffers <40% casualties
  • 11th Ghost effectively destroyed
September Murchison AFFS
  • 8th Crucis Lancers
DCMS
  • Local Militia
FedCom Victory
  • 8th Crucis suffers <25% casualties
  • Local resistance effectively destroyed
September Skat AFFS DCMS
  • Local Militia
FedCom Victory
  • 12th Deneb suffers <10% casualties
  • Local resistance effectively destroyed


Galedon Thrust - Operation LAUNCELOT

An Ting
Invading Forces:
Defending Forces: Ryuken-roku
Outcome:
Capra
Invading Forces: First Crucis Lancers + First Albion Training Cadre
Defending Forces: Third Proserpina Hussars
Outcome:
Delacruz
Invading Forces:
Defending Forces: Eighth Sword of Light
Outcome:
Elidere IV
Invading Forces: The First Screaming Eagles
Defending Forces: Ninth Ghost + Tenth Ghost
Outcome:
Huan
Invading Forces: Second Dismal Disinherited
Defending Forces: Thirty-Second Galedon Regulars
Outcome:
Thestria
Invading Forces: Dioscuri (2 regiments)
Defending Forces: Sixteenth Galedon Regulars
Outcome:

Other Actions

Misery
Invading Forces: Second Screaming Eagles + First Ceti Hussars
Defending Forces:
Outcome:
Kaznejov
Invading Forces: First Crucis Lancers + First Albion Cadre
Defending Forces: Seventeenth Galedon Regulars
Outcome:
Beta Mensae V
Invading Forces: First Crucis Lancers + First Albion Cadre
Defending Forces:
Outcome:
Igualada
Invading Forces: First Dismal Disinherited + Third Dismal Disinherited
Defending Forces:
Outcome:

Davion Mercenary Actions

Unlike the other first wave thrusts, operations on the seven worlds targeted for mercenary-supported revolutions generally succeeded in taking the pro-Davion and under-defended worlds in short order, the only sticking point being the Davion military intelligence's failure to discover the presence of the Ryuken-yon on Harrow's Sun, stymieing all attempts to solidify control. That changed little with Combine counter-attack. While the Kanrei actively directed his troops to strike at every world targeted by the Allies, with the DCMS were already dangerously overextended to support OROCHI, the seven worlds taken by the Davion mercenaries were mostly ignored. Aside from the ongoing fighting on Harrow's Sun, only two came under direct attack, the Combine ultimately successfully in retaking all three. [18]

By the time the Combine had the resource to strike at the others, the War had effectively been concluded and the dug-in and reinforced mercenaries were able to repulse any DCMS raids and keep their charges in Davion hands, save for Galtor III. Miscommunication during the Allies recall resulted in Clifton's Rangers digging in despite the AFFS believing they had retreated, the FedSun government secretly supporting the world despite it being in Combine-held space after learning of this. However when the Combine realise they had "lost" Galtor III in the midst of sensitive POW negotiations, the FedSun government ordered the Rangers to pull out to try and avoid a diplomatic incident. Refusing to abandon the world, the mercenaries broke contract to remain behind before being destroyed in 3042 after a bitter 15 month defense, one and a half years after the War of 3039 nominally concluded, when the Combine sent three front-line regiments to brutally subjugate Galtor III. [18] [19]

Even with the tragic and contentious loss of Galtor, ultimately the mercenary actions were among the Allies most successful, accounting for three of the seven worlds gained by the Federated Suns. [18]

DCMS Counter-Invasion - Operation OROCHI

Breed
Invading Forces: 3rd Ghost + 4th Ghost
Defending Forces: 1st NAIS Cadet Cadre + 2nd Robinson Rangers
Outcome:
Cartago
Invading Forces: 9th Benjamin Regulars
Defending Forces: Clovis Draconis March Mlitia
Clovis
Invading Forces: Ryuken-go
Defending Forces: Clovis Draconis March Militia
Outcome:
Dobson
Invading Forces: 2nd Chisholm's Raiders
Defending Forces: combined mercenary/Ghost battalions
Outcome:
Doneval II
Invading Forces: Ryuken-go
Defending Forces: 15th Deneb Light Cavalry
Outcome:
Exeter
Invading Forces: Ryuken-go
Defending Forces: 1st NAIS Cadet Cadre
Outcome:
Le Blanc
Invading Forces: 4th Ghost + three battalions (mercs collection)
Defending Forces: Robinson DMM + 2nd Ceti Hussars RCT
Outcome:
New Ivaarsen
Invading Forces: 4th Ghost + support
Defending Forces: 1st New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
Outcome:
Rochester
Invading Forces: 4th Ghost Regiment
Defending Forces: Third Ceti Hussars RCT
Outcome:
Xhosa VII
Invading Forces: Ryuken-go
Defending Forces: 7th Crucis Lancers + 2nd New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
Outcome:

Dieron Counter-Strike Continued

Coinciding with the Kanrei's Operation OROCHI, Tai-shu Noketsuna on Dieron received intelligence that Operation STURMHAMMER commander Field Marshal Vanessa Bisla had ordered additional forces advance from their bases in the Terran Corridor to join the Dieron thrust, prompting him to send forces to take advantage of the redeployments. More a continuation of the Dieron raids launched during the first wave than a direct adjunct to Operation OROCHI, the strikes against the high-risk targets of Formalhaut and Quentin would prove wildly more successful than expected, with the 36th and 40th Dieron Regulars able to capture and hold both planets until the conclusion of the War and the signing of the Exeter Accords. The capture of Quentin and Independence Weaponry, the seat of the Federated Suns assault 'Mech manufacturing, would prove to be the Combine's biggest prize of the conflict and more than mitigate the worlds lost to the FedCom forces. [20]

Secondary Factions

While not directly involved in the defense of the Combine, the Free Worlds League and Capellan Confederation both sought to take advantage of Lyran and Davion preoccupation elsewhere to launch raids and strikes against the future Federated Commonwealth.

Free Worlds League Operations

As the War of 3039 formally began, the Free Worlds League was in the final stages of ten-year long Andurien Secession, the bloody conflict to bring the Anduriens back into the fold helping to foster an increased sense of pride and nationalism in many League units. With this increased pride also came a desire to avenge the League's embarrassing defeats in the Fourth Succession War, making the raids that followed a forgone conclusion. [21]

FWLM Wave One FWLM Wave Two
Menkalinan Hsien
Phact Alioth
Old Kentucky Cor Caroli
Raballa Callison
Chamdo Marcus
Capella Hall

Wave One

Still heavily engaged in the Andurien conflicts, the initial League strikes were relatively small scale raids within the final weeks of the Allies first wave, the most extensive and successful being the recapture of Menkalien. In a rare intelligence coup, SAFE alerted the FWLM to the withdrawal of the LCAF garrison on Menkalinen shortly before the outbreak of war, FLWM troops retaking the world within six days. While SAFE ensured the recapture of Menkalien, it failed the 2nd Oriente Hussars on their so-called "Phact Finding" mission. Striking Old Kentucky, Chamdo and Reballa after the transfer of their frontline forces to the Kurita front, the Hussars ran into a frontline LCAF RCT on Phact itself, resulting in an epic three week chase before they could escape on July 10th 3039.[21]

The most surprising of these raids however was the 9th Marik Militia's impromptu strike against the important Liao world of Capella on July 12th. Deployed to extricate the 2nd Oriente Hussars from Phact, when the Hussars escaped on their own, the 9th's CO decided to launch "raid in force" against regional capital, inflicting heavy losses against the unprepared Blandford's Grenadiers before withdrawing in good order. [21]

Wave Two

Emboldened by the relatively success of their raids during the Allies first wave, the FWLM High Command made the fateful decision to launch invasions against six additional worlds during the FedCom forces planned second wave, seeking to capture or re-capture them for the League. Unfortunately the League military incorrectly assumed they would face minimal to no resistance, unaware of the DCMS counterattack and that the Allies postponement of many of their strikes had freed up numerous units to repulse their attacks. [22]

In most respects the Hsien, Alioth and Cor Caroli invasions of July to September 3039 were relatively successful, and the troops assigned able to flee ahead of the returning LCAF and AFFS forces. The League forces that assaulted Callison and Marcus were not so lucky, grossly outnumbered and outclassed, they suffered heavy losses as they were ejected by October. The most infamous however was the reborn Black Widow Battalion's total rout of the 18th Marik Militia on Hall on Christmas Day 3039. Cementing again Natasha Kerensky's fearsome reputation, though nobody in the Inner Sphere realised it at the time, the fighting on Hall was a preview for the future, the first instance of a Clan-style Cluster defeating a Star League-configured regiment. [22]

Capellan Confederation Operations

Much like the Free Worlds League, the Capellan Confederation had regained a measure of pride when it successfully repulsed the combined Andurien-Magistrcy invasion and also considered taking advantage of the distraction of the invasion of the Combine to launch raids into Davion-held space. Unfortunately the increased paranoia in the wake of Chancellor Romano Liao's ascension left the Strategios too scared to take its own initiative, fearful the Chancellor would either order their execution for their presumption if the raids failed or rashly order a full invasion of the Federated Suns if they proved successful. Recognizing they needed somebody with both a good personal relationship with the Chancellor as well as the wherewithal to actively launch the raids, the Strategios approached Archibald McCarron of the famed McCarron's Armored Cavalry. With the Big MAC uneasy at the restful period following the Andurien invasion, McCarron needed little prompting to be convinced to launch a series of deep raids into Davion space in May 3039. [23]

Planets raided by McCarron Armored Cavalry Planets struck as part of CASE JULIET
Alcyone Grand Base
Addicks Victoria
Andro Menke
Bethel Ares
Gallitzin
Kathil
Monhegan
Monongahela
Orbisonia

Attack of the MAC

In total eight relatively minor Federated Suns worlds were targeted over the next several months as the Cavalry's hit-and-run raids extended deeper into the Davion space towards the important factory world of Kathil. Spending little over a week on each world inflicting as much damage as possible, initially the AFFS forces assumed the MAC would attempt to hold their worlds, leading to a confused response. However, after the AFFS realised the goal of Big MAC's strike was Kathil, Duke Morgan Hasek-Davion dispatched CASE JULIET, his own counter-invasion force, and set a trap for the mercenary unit on-world.[23]

Landing first on September 2nd, Barton's Regiment were outnumbered but unconcerned, striking at the seemingly sluggish 8th Syrtis Fusiliers while awaiting the other MAC regiments. Holding back until after the First and Third MAC landed, the Davion forces sprung their trap, revealing the Alcyone CMM and 1st Kittery Borderers were also on-world. Now heavily outnumbered, the shocked MAC held out for few more days before conceding they were over-matched. As the fighting on Kathil bogged down, Archie McCarron learned of the FedCom strike against their homeworld of Menke and immediately recalled the bulk of his troops, but gave an unsatisfied Colonel Marcus Barton authorisation to continue to operate behind enemy lines as he saw fit.[23] [23] [24]

Barton ultimately opted for a totally unexpected and highly questionable attack against Addicks, the command center of the entire Addicks PDZ. With Addicks a major staging point for units taking part in the invasion of the Combine, Barton easily concealed his two 'Mech Battalions among the multiple RCTs and regiments on-world. Painting his forces to resemble some of the Davion units stationed on Addicks, Barton's forces launched their attack on November 14th, rampaging through the spaceport for three and half hours before making a break for their DropShips, escaping but suffering extremely heavy losses in the process, most notably a Union-class DropShip with all hands and a JumpShip whose KF drive burned out after a desperate quick-charge.[23] [25]

After their eventual return, McCarron's Armored Cavalry were hailed as heroes by the Capellan media, boosting the morale of the Capellan military at the cost of the AFFS counter-invasion and the damage it inflicted.[23]

AFFC Counter-assault (Case Juliet)

While the McCarron Armored Cavalry raids reaching as deep as Kathil came as a surprise, Capellan March commander Duke Morgan Hasek-Davion had been making preparations for CASE JULIET since 3038 in case the Capellans chose to test if the AFFS had weakened itself to strike House Kurita. Originally a retaliatory strike against vital manufacturers on Grand Base, Victoria and Menke, Sarna March commander General Roman Steiner also prepared to target Ares after consulting wih Hasek-Davion and the AFFS high command as well.[26]

Though highly risky as JULIET involved almost all the available Capellan March defenders, Duke Hasek-Davion and General Steiner knew a simultaneous strike of this magnitude would send a clear message to the Chancellor and rebuke McCarron for his raids. Demonstrating to the CCAF the weakness of its defenses, a lesson some considered possibly better saved for a renewed war against the Confederation, Hasek-Davion considered it a price well paid to prevent a larger Capellan strike during the War of 3039.[26]

The Confederation however found the price bitter indeed, suffering much greater physical losses compared to those inflicted by the Big MAC on the Federated Suns. The Capellan leadership would spin MAC's victories for a morale boost, "proving" that the Davion military was not invincible, publicly hiding the fact that military production on all four worlds had been crippled for months if not years.[26]

Aftermath

The failure of the LCAF and AFFS to properly coordinate their offensive led to the decision to integrate the military forces of the two nations well before they officially became one nation. House Kurita also won a symbolic victory with their conquest of Quentin where Independence Weaponry produced the Davion-favorite Victor. Following the loss of that factory world, the AFFC had to import their Victors from the St. Ives Compact.

But the Combine victory was not without cost. Though the Kanrei dragooning of the Combine's merchant shipping made Operation Orchi possible, it had a devastating effect upon the realm's economy.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Historical: War of 3039, p. 26
  2. Historical: War of 3039, p. 28
  3. Historical: War of 3039, p. 33
  4. 4.0 4.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 35-36
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Historical: War of 3039, p. 78
  6. Historical: War of 3039, p. 39, 41
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 51
  8. Historical: War of 3039, p. 47-48
  9. 9.0 9.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 58-60 "Wave One - Other Wave One Actions - Lyran Operations"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Historical: War of 3039, pp. 59-63 "Wave One - Other Wave One Actions - DCMS Operations"
  11. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 61 "Wave One - Other Wave One Actions - DCMS Operations - Healing the Rift"
  12. Historical: War of 3039, p. 66
  13. Historical: War of 3039, p. 69, 77
  14. Historical: War of 3039, 88
  15. Historical: War of 3039, p. 83
  16. Historical: War of 3039, p. 88-89
  17. 17.0 17.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 97-98
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Historical: War of 3039, pp. 98-102 "Wave Two and Counterattack - Mercenary-Supported Actions"
  19. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 100-102 "Wave Two and Counterattack - Mercenary-Supported Actions - The Last Battle"
  20. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 119-120 " Wave Two and Counterattack - Other Wave Two Actions - Combine Operations - Fomalhaut (July) - Quentin (July)"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Historical: War of 3039, p. 63 " Wave One - Other Actions - Free Worlds League Operations"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Historical: War of 3039, pp. 120-122 " Wave Two and Counterattack - Free Worlds League Operations"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 Historical: War of 3039, pp. 122-124 " Wave Two and Counterattack - Capellan Operations - The Mac Attack"
  24. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 124-125 "Wave Two and Counterattack - Capellan Operations - Kathil (September)"
  25. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 124-125 " Wave Two and Counterattack - Capellan Operations - Addicks (November)"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Historical: War of 3039, p. 127 "Wave Two and Counterattack - Capellan Operations - Countering the Big MAC"

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