214th Jaguar Dragoons (Clan Smoke Jaguar)
|214th Jaguar Dragoons|
|Affiliation||Clan Smoke Jaguar|
|Parent Command||Beta Galaxy|
The 214th Jaguar Dragoons was a front line military formation of Clan Smoke Jaguar.
In 2985 the unit attacked Clan Sea Fox Priori enclaves after that Clan had allowed her lower caste members to vote on the name change of the Clan. They were engaged by the 369th Striker Cluster. The attack did not end well for the Jaguar forces.
The 214th fought on the following worlds during the invasion of the Inner Sphere:
In May 3050 the Dragoons launched their assault against Chupadero. Their Aerospace Trinary quickly gained air superiority over the defending Fighter Wing allowing the First Assault Trinary to smash the defending Frist Chupadero Armored Legion's armor regiment and two mobile infantry regiments in the Dale Valley; forcing them to take shelter in the Billoc Tunnels, however the Trinary followed them inside and finished them off. 
Chupadero was conquered by Clan Smoke Jaguar in May 3050 during the Second Wave of Operation REVIVAL. The First Trinary Assault and Aerospace Trinary of the 214th Jaguar Dragoons invaded the planet, which was defended by the First Chupadero Armored Legion. The battle started quickly in the Jaguars' favor as their OmniFighters quickly decimated their opponent's antique air support, winning air superiority and giving First Trinary Assault ample time to hunt down the defenders at their leisure. At Dale Valley they easily stepped over 'Mech traps laid by the defenders and routed the tank regiment even as it attempted a retreat. The Legion's remnants fell back to the Billoc Tunnels, through which they intended to reach the capital Fredsin and make their final stand, but were foiled when Star Captain Wesley Moon decided to enter after them and destroyed their last remaining vehicles.
On Kabah the defending Kabah Guards were defeated on the Jousting Grounds of the Palace by Alpha and Beta Stars of the Second Assault Trinary in June 3050, only three knights survived to become bondsmen. Civilians on the planet attempted a guerrilla campaign in the same month to little effect, but a number of Smoke Jaguar warriors proved vulnerable to a hemorrhagic fever native to the planet. The population of the planet had developed a natural resistance to the disease that the Smoke Jaguar warriors lacked; the casualties included almost an entire Point of Elementals located near Sayil.
In November 3051 the Nova Cat Fifteenth Garrison Cluster was on route to Chupadero. Star Colonel Attwater issued a Batchall to take the planet which the Jaguar commander is alleged to have ignored and left the planet weeks before the arrival of the Fifteenth. The Nova Cats held a grudge for many years thinking this was a slight to their honor, however it is more likely that the Dragoons had already been ordered off planet as they were set to attack Avon the same month.
Both Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Nova Cat had designs on Avon for its strategic position. The Jaguar Khans proposed that both Clans share the world in order to save their resources for fighting the Inner Sphere. Some sources claim that a single Cluster from each clan attacked the planet while others place elements of three Jaguar and two Nova Cat Clusters in action: the 214th Jaguar Dragoons, the Fourth Jaguar Dragoons, the Fifth Jaguar Regulars, the 274th Nova Cat Battle Cluster and the 449th Nova Cat Assault Cluster. The Jaguar forces landed first in late November 3051 followed by the Nova Cats in early December. The defending troops of the 2nd Amphigean Light Assault Group were routed from their dug-in position on the Pollit Plains and Tenderlands by a Nova Cat assault. Realizing they were outclassed and the defenders opted for a guerrilla campaign. Allowing the Clans to set up forward bases, the defenders attacked these under cover of darkness with 'Mech companies in a attempt to destroy as much of the supplies stored there as possible as well as commando sabotage missions in the Devon Heights, Beachweld and Fresno. In response the Jaguar commander sent out headhunter missions and in a single night eliminated the entire command structure.After which the Amphigean Light Assault Group was destroyed at Fresno by an assault by the 214th Jaguar Dragoons.
In August 3057 the Nova Cat Fifteenth Garrison Cluster launched a raid against the Dragoons' supply depot on Kabah, in an act they saw as revenge for the lack of honor shown to them on Chupadero six years earlier.
|Commanding Officers of the 214th Jaguar Dragoons|
- Star Captain Wesley Moon led First Trinary Assault between 30?? and 3052.
- Point Commander Kenneth led Epsilon Point in June 3050.
The Dragoons were known to employ small head-hunting units.
- Trinary Command
- First Assault Trinary
- Second Assault Trinary
- Aerospace Trinary
The Cluster is not listed as part of Beta Galaxy in 3057 and is not recorded as fighting in Operation Bull Dog in 3059.
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