125th Deadman Ordnance Carriers
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|125th Deadman Ordnance Carriers|
|Unit Profile (as of 3039)|
The Hundred and Twenty-fifth Deadman Ordnance Carriers was a penal combat support unit of the Capellan Confederation.
The Free Worlds League first started using the J-27 as a penal option to support its military; a practice has been emulated by most other Houses. One such unit was the Hundred and Twenty-fifth Deadman Ordnance Carriers that became the most famous penal unit in the Inner Sphere.
During fighting on New Hessen the unit supplied over a thousand times their own weight in ammunition to keep the Capellan defensive position supplied. At one point some of its convoys came under attack from a pair of Davion 'Mechs. Rather than retreat, the convicts removed some of the missiles their J-27s were carrying and made makeshift firing positions, eventually forcing the Davion 'Mechs to withdraw after a few hours of combat. For this action the crews were given pardons and promotions to other units, although some elected to stay on.
|Commanding Officers of the 125th Deadman Ordnance Carriers|
|Captain||Jake "Jumpin' Jake" Jackson III||3025|
As a rear echelon unit their tactics are improvised as required.
The unit is composed entirely of J-27 Ordnance Transport. Its strength is unknown, but as the commander is a Captain it is possibly at company size.
The first edition printing of Technical Readout: 3025 records the Battle of New Hessen in 2080, however this is at odds with the introduction date of the J-27, which is 2650. It also lists the name of the unit as Deadmen.
- Technical Readout: 3025, p. 194
- Technical Readout: 3039, p. 18