123rd Aerospace Interceptor Wing
|123rd Aerospace Interceptor Wing|
|Unit Profile (as of 2785)|
First Succession War
In February 2785 a reinforced battalion from the Eighteenth Benjamin Regulars raided Towne, a former Terran Hegemony world the Federated Suns had annexed in 2783. The Regulars emerged from the shadow of Crom, Towne's moon and burned towards Hyboria, a continent in the northern hemisphere of Towne and location of Port Howard, Towne's capital city. The defending forces on Towne consisted of the Fifty-sixth Avalon Hussars, the 123rd Aerospace Interceptor Wing, and the local planetary militia. The defenders were already scrambling when the Regulars appeared, as a raiding party from a Capellan Confederation Armed Forces unit, the Seventh Tikonov Lancers, had emerged from a LaGrange jump point near Towne and was already burning towards a landing side on Fetryl, an undefended continent in Towne's southern hemisphere.
The relationship between the Hussars and the 123rd was poor, with little or no communication, and bordered on being actively dysfunctional. The arrival of the two raiding parties highlighted this dramatically, with the commanding officers of both AFFS commands bickering over which group of raiders was the bigger threat, enabling the Benjamin Regulars to land almost unopposed, while the Lancers penetrated the 123rd's aerospace screen relatively easily, landing with only minimal damage. The Lancers and the Regulars then began rampaging around the continents they'd made planetfall on, looting and burning warehouses full of valuable supplies.
It took two days for the two AFFS commands to begin cooperating, with the Hussars deploying a force to the city of Vale in Fetryl to reinforce the planetary militia; however, by this point the Lancers were already falling back to their DropShips. The planetary militia in Vale had managed to stage a daring guerilla ambush against the Lancers, and that ambush had highlighted that the planetary militia was more than willing to fight to hold up the Lancers until assistance could arrive. The 123rd conducted sorties against the Lancers while they were falling back, but the Lancers were able to reach their DropShips and escape after taking only limited losses.
While the Lancers were retreating from Fetryl the Hussars and the 123rd launched a combined counter-attack against the Eighteenth. The attack was far from perfect, but it was enough to convince the Eighteenth that it was time to leave. To add insult to injury the Regulars were able to retreat easily to their transport JumpShips near the third planet in the system, which had been waiting for a week to collect them, well before Federated Suns naval forces from the zenith jump stations could engage them. The Regulars had looted and destroyed four warehouses containing millions of pounds of valuable equipment, and between the Lancers and the Raiders more than four thousand civilians had been killed, along with two hundred and fifty military personnel - primarily from the planetary militia.
|Commanding Officers of the 123rd Aerospace Interceptor Wing|
- First Succession War, p. 23, 26, "Towne"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 60, "The Towne Debacle" - Towne change over after the fall of the Hegemony.
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 55, "Timeline: First Succession War" - Dates of the Kurita/Capellan Raids and Towne's capture noted.