1st Alarion Jaegers

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1st Alarion Jaegers
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Parent Formation Alliance Jaegers
Formed 3057

Unit Description[edit]

The 1st Alarion Jaegers were a House Steiner house unit formed during mid 31st Century under the reign of Archon-Princess Katrina Steiner-Davion. The unit was created to protect the Alarion Province of the Lyran Alliance after that province was organized.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Personnel for the 1st Alarion Jaegars, as were the Jaegers as a whole, were drawn from a variety of Lyran units as part of Archon's Order 573023, with extrovert unit CO Julie Hoffman one of the most popular commanders in the Donegal Broadcasting Corporation "Fighting for Peace" propaganda series and attracting steady public support for and applications to join her unit. Integrating such a large and disparate band into a single whole was a challenge to which the unit's command staff excelled at, with the newly formed Jaegers passing their combat-readiness test in less than eight months, followed by reaching regimental status ten months later. With the permission of the LAAF high command, the 1st Alarion CO worked closely with her fellow officers to build a solid working relationship with the Alarion Naval Academy and the War College of Buena, allowing them to directly offer positions within the 1st to both academy's top graduates. [1] [2]

Operation Cleansweep[edit]

The Jaegers first real action outside twice monthly exercises were civil defense operations intended to limit anti-Katherine rebellion on the seat of the Alliance's naval program, the most notable being code named Cleansweep taking place in 3062 in the wake of increased tensions on Solaris VII. As rioting on Alarion's capital of Craiova escalated out of control, the Jaegers and Alarion APM were dispatched only to come under sniper fire resulting in the death of three infantry troopers before they could restore order. Colonel Hoffman ordered the arrest and incarceration of three hundred civilians suspects, which triggered an outcry from the public. Though the protests against the LAAF and Archon ultimately calmed down, while Cleansweep was militarily sound, the actions of Colonel Hoffman and the 1st had undid most of the public relations benefits of "Fighting for Peace". [1] [2]

Feeling the formerly positive attention around her turn negative and believing that Cleansweep showed her unit was ill-suited to civil defense and policing actions on Alarion, Hoffman requested the 1st Alarion be transferred to garrison the Mountain Wolf BattleMechs facilities on the nearby world of Vendrell. Provincial Commander Hauptmann-General Peter Zenger took this under advisement, but ordered the 1st to remain on station on Alarion. [1]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

The Alarion Jaegers were not involved in the earliest stages of the Civil War, spending most of the early waves moving to reinforce strategic positions.[3][4] It was after joining the 11th Arcturan Guards and their battlegroup when the 1st Alarion Jaegers became one of the involved and effective Loyalist units in the FedCom Civil War, seeing action in some of the most significant battles in the Alliance[5] A[6]

York[edit]

In March 3064, the Jaegers joined the 11th Arcturan Guards and its growing task force, where they participated in the attempt to trap Victor Steiner-Davion and his accompanying troops on York. There, they engaged the Outland Legion's second battalion and were part of a major Loyalist victory.[7]

First Battle of Tikonov[edit]

The Jaegers were part of the Arcturan task force that attacked Tikonov on January 8th, 3065, in pursuit of Prince Victor. On Tikonov, the unit fought fierce battles against Victor's allied forces, which held key cities on the planet. Over the course of the brutal campaign, the Loyalists won several victories as the Allies' performance worsened due to the mental state of their commander, who had suffered a personal loss. By February, Victor and part of his task force departed Tikonov, followed closely by Loyalist units including the Jaegers. [8]

Thorin[edit]

The Alarion Jaegers, as part of the Eleventh Arcturan Task Force, now one of the largest in the war, arrived on Thorin in August 3065, predicting that this was where Victor had fled to after Tikonov. The task force was unable to dislodge Victor's forces from the planetary capital of Ecol city despite waging a costly campaign for the next two weeks. The Task Force's commander, Linda McDonald had begun to fear that Victor was not on Thorin at all, and that their actions here, while pinning some of the Allies' best units, also tied up some of the most potent Loyalist forces to the planet.

In January 3066, Victor revealed himself, dropping into battle on the Sandstain Plateau. This turned the tide of battle for the 244th which was fighting the elements of the Arcturan task force. Days later, unbeknownst to the Arcturans, Victor left again.[9]

Actions against Free Skye[edit]

In April, the Alarion Jaegers accompanied the 11th Arcturan Guards to the Skye system, undergoing a revolt with the assistance of the 11th's previos CO, Maria Esteban. A raid by the 11th reveal the strength and disposition of the First Skye Jaegers opposing them, and so McDonald felt that the units she brought with her would be sufficient. On May 13th, the Arcturans and Jaegers landed Skye, bringing the battle to the Skye Jaegers and their supporting planetary militia force. The Task Force easily took the capital city of New Glasgow, as the First Skye Jaegers, leery of the 11th Arcturans' reputation, had abandoned the city for a mobile defense. The Jaegers faced well-armed citizens defending the city. By June, after weeks of sporadic fighting, the Fourth Skye Rangers arrived in the system from Hesperus II, where they were defeated by Loyalist forces.

This gave General McDonald pause, worried about facing another regiment's worth of troops. However, General von Frisch, CO of the Fourth Skye Rangers, declared that he and his forces were neutral in this fight for the planet, stating that they had shed too much blood for the Free Skye movement. With relief, McDonald prepared to continue the pursuit of the elusive Skye Jaegers with her Arcturan Guards and Alarion Jaegers when she received a message from Regent Nondi Steiner. She signaled the task force to head to Tharkad, believing that coalition forces meant to take the capital.[10]

The Battle for Tharkad[edit]

By late 3066, the 1st Alarion Jaegers were the only other unit attached to the 11th's task force. They arrived on Tharkad to reinforce Nondi Steiner's First, Second Royal Guards and the local ComStar ComGuard Unit, the Sixty-sixth Division. The Alarion Jaegers took part in the fighting, waging a months-long mobile campaign against the Kell Hounds. This conflict led to the near-total destruction of the unit, with only two lances of 'Mechs left intact, while the supporting armor and infantry units were down to less than one-tenth and one-third of their original strength.[11] All but destroyed by the Civil War, and despite its significant role in opposing him, the unit's performance led Archon Peter Steiner-Davion himself to authorize the 1st Alarion Jaegers be rebuilt. While the reborn unit and its CO pledged their support to Peter, the LAAF High Command questioned the credibility of these claims. [12]

Jihad[edit]

The still rebuilding 1st Alarion Jaegers, a mere 15% of their pre-Civil War strength, were stationed on Alarion when a Word of Blake task force hit the planet. The unit's base of operations outside of the planet's capital city was totally erased by the Blakist nuclear strikes from orbit. The later sterilisation of the planet by bio-weapon attack left no survivors of the unit or the world's population.[13]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 1st Alarion Jaegers
Colonel Julie Hoffman 3057 - 3067[1] [14]
Colonel Helen Johannes 3067[14]

Notes[edit]

  • Colonel Julie Hoffman held the post since the 1st's formation. One of the principal focuses of the "Fighting for Peace" propaganda series, the charming if extroverted Hoffman was delighted with the positive attention she received initially, less so when the media turned against her after Cleansweep.[1] Hoffman successfully led the 1st through the maelstrom until she died in battle on Tharkad. [14]
  • Colonel Helen Johannes had been Julie Hoffman's aide.[14]

Tactics[edit]

The unit has developed its combat doctrine around the use of Combined Arms. Using the unit's two infantry companies and single Armor Company to pin down the enemy combatants while 'Mech Battalions attack the pinned down foe from the flanks or rear. The integral Air Wing is highly proficient at supporting their land-based units with air-to-ground attacks.[1]

Composition History[edit]

3062[edit]

1st Alarion Jaegers (2 Battalions/Regular/Fanatical)[1]
CO: Colonel Julie Hoffman
Aide: Leutnant Colonel Helen Johannes
- 1 Armor Company and 2 Infantry Companies

1st Alarion Air Wing (1 Wing/Regular/Fanatical)[1]
CO: Kommandant Kireyoshi Amuro

Notes[edit]

Game Notes[edit]

Abilities as of 3062: The Alarion Jaegers may use the off-map movement special ability and it gains +1 to its initiative any turn that has the enemy using improved positions or gun emplacements. For RPG purposes, any player character in this force gains the Bad Reputation trait.[15]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 49 - "1st Alarion Jaegers Unit Profile".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Era Report: 3062, p. 35 "1st Alarion Jaegers
  3. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 69
  4. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 89
  5. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 126
  6. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 176
  7. Storms of Fate, p. 19, the Jaegers fight on York
  8. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 126 - 4th Wave - Tikonov
  9. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 149, "Thorin" - 11th Arcturan task force arrives on Thorin and are held down by Victor Steiner-Davion's forces until Victor himself returns.
  10. FedCom Civil War page 164 - Wave Six - Skye - 11th Arcturans
  11. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 176
  12. Field Manual: Updates, p. 167 "1st Alarion Jaegers"
  13. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 45
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Field Manual: Updates, p. 167 "1st Alarion Jaegers"
  15. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 130, "Special Force Rules" - 1st Alarion Jaegers special abilities and negative attributes for RPG characters.

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