10th Deneb Light Cavalry

Insignia of the 10th Deneb Light Cavalry
10th Deneb Light Cavalry RCT
Disbanded Early 3067
Nickname The Cheetahs
Affiliation Federated Suns
Parent Command Deneb Light Cavalry


Third Succession War[edit]

The Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry was created during the Third Succession War after the destruction of the Ninth Deneb Light Cavalry.[1]

The homeworld of the Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry was New Avalon. In early 3014 Hanse Davion led the Thirty-fourth Avalon Hussars, Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry and the Davion Heavy Guards in an attack against the toxic world Halstead Station, attempting to destroy the large Draconis Combine supply depot being built there. The defending Ninth Dieron Regulars and Second Proserpina Hussars regiments - though failing to stop the destruction of the supply depot - still managed to keep all three AFFS regiments tied up until Takashi Kurita could arrive with the fresh Second Sword of Light. The Davion troops successfully withdrew from the planet.[citation needed]

On Royal the Federated Suns used Locusts at their best and worst. A detachment of Locusts from the Eighth Deneb Light Cavalry managed to flank Kurita lines and cause destruction and confusion in the rear areas, but three companies of the Tenth composed entirely of Locusts were almost annihilated in an ambush by Draconis Combine heavy and assault lances.[2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry began the Fourth Succession War held in reserve on their then homeworld of Rowe. They first entered action in 3029 when Marshal Sanders, commander of the Tenth, moved to reinforce Alpha Regiment of Wolf's Dragoons on Glenmora, where they fought with them against the Fifth and Sixteenth Galedon Regulars. While the arrival of the Tenth saved the Dragoons, Marshal Sanders was killed in the early fighting, after which Colonel Jaime Wolf declared the Tenth honorary Dragoons and assumed command of the unit.[3] In late July the survivors left Glenmora aboard Dragoon DropShips and accompanied them to Crossing.[4]

Upon reaching Crossing, Colonel Wolf ordered the Tenth to disperse and protect the local population as the Dragoons prepared for the inevitable Combine attack.[5] When the Dragoons found themselves hard pressed by Combine forces in the Tartarus Caldera, two companies of light 'Mechs and a company of assault tanks from the Tenth Deneb arrived to reinforce them, buying them enough time for the Dragoons' Zeta Battalion to arrive and turn the tide of battle. This marked the end of the Tenth's participation in the Fourth Succession War[6]

It was as a result of their actions during the Fourth Succession War that the wolf's head symbol was added to their unit insignia.

War of 3039[edit]

During the War of 3039, the Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry, along with the First Robinson Rangers and Ninety-third Mechanized Brigade, was part of a taskforce led by Field Marshal James Sandoval to recapture the important BattleMech producing world of Marduk, lost to Draconis Combine forces during the Fourth Succession War. The AFFS taskforce greatly outnumbered the local militia and a battalion of the Sixth Benjamin Regulars defending the world, capturing the planet with relative ease.[7]

Digging in the face of an anticipated counterattack, AFFS forces outnumbered the remains of the Sixth and Eighth Galedon Regulars sent to retake the planet, inflicting heavy losses thanks to the old-school Kurita tactics practiced by both units. Trapping the Combine forces in the remains of a Succession Wars era fort, the Light Cavalry only withdrew when First Prince Hanse Davion recalled the FedCom forces, but not before they stripped machinery and materials from the manufacturers onworld.[8]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

During the FedCom Civil War the Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry RCT supported Katherine Steiner-Davion.[9] The Tenth DLC remained on New Avalon for most of the war. When the Davion Assault Guards and First Crucis Lancers landed on the world, the Tenth conducted a lightning raid that broke their advance and allowed them to destroy a brigade of troops loyal to Victor.[10] Those two units withdrew to rebuild, and Victor led a task force against the Tenth DLC that destroyed them in seven weeks.[11] The Tenth had been deployed in the city of Portsmouth.[12] As Victor was leading the Twenty-third Arcturan Guards, Sixth Crucis Lancers, Tenth Lyran Guards, First NAIS Cadet Cadre, the Outland Legion, and a battalion of the First St. Ives Lancers, the destruction of the Tenth DLC wasn't a surprise.[13]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry
Marshal Carl Sanders 3014-3025[14][15]
Hauptmann-General Jameston Gaston 3050 - 3062[16][17]


Like all the Deneb Light Cavalry, the Tenth preferred to use their superior speed and mobility to hit the enemy from a variety of unexpected directions, keeping them off balance and unable to respond effectively.[17]

Composition History[edit]


Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry


Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry RCT (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Marshal Carl Sanders
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Rowe.


Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[19]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Crossing.[19]


Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Jameson Gaston[20]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Crossing.[20]


Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Jameson Gaston[21]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Babaeski.[21]


Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[17]

- Composed with light-medium fast 'Mechs, upgraded with Star League technology.

Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry Aerospace Brigade (3 Wings)[17]

  • CO: Leftenant General Basil Collier
    • Ninth Independent Wing
    • Eleventh Independent Wing
    • Twelfth Independent Wing

Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry Armor Brigade (2 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[17]

- The hovercraft are ninety percent upgraded with Star League technology - One platoon with Bandits

Tenth Deneb Light Cavalry Infantry Brigade (2 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[17]

- Includes two companies of Cavalier battle armor



  1. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 140
  2. Technical Readout: 3025, p. 8: "Battle History"
  3. Wolf's Dragoons, p. 40
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, pp. 11–12
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 30
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, pp. 34–37
  7. War of 3039, pp. 42–44
  8. War of 3039, pp. 91–92
  9. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 135: "Federated Suns Deployment Table"
  10. FedCom Civil War, p. 170
  11. FedCom Civil War, p. 170
  12. The Longest Road in The Corps, p. 204
  13. FedCom Civil War, p. 170
  14. BattleCorps story Irreplaceable
  15. 15.0 15.1 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 136 (PDF version): "Dahar PDZ"
  16. 20 Year Update, p. 19: "Federated Commonwealth Deployment Table"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 87: "10th Deneb Light Cavalry Unit Profile"
  18. Irreplaceable
  19. 19.0 19.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 136
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20 Year Update, p. 19
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Objective Raids, p. 23