21st Lyran Guards

Brigade Insignia of the Lyran Guards
Twenty-first Lyran Guards
Nickname Herzog von Brauschweig[1]
Affiliation Lyran Commonwealth
Parent Command Third Lyran Guards Division

The 21st Lyran Guards were a regiment of the Lyran Guards brigade active during the Star League era.[1]


Star League Era[edit]

During the Star League era, the 21st Lyran Guards were one of six regiments within the 3rd Lyran Guards Division, one of five Divisions of active regiments within the Lyran Guards Brigade in the closing decades of the Star League's existence.[1]

Like the other regiments of the Guards during this era, the 21st Guards lacked any particular political ties - either regional or familial - unlike other regiments. Commonly assigned to garrison postings, the 21st Lyran Guards and their sister regiments were postings of choice for those who wanted to work for the Commonwealth without either regional loyalties or particular ambitions. This led to the Twenty-first and her sister regiments being manned by soldiers who were professional but without the close-knit ties found in more parochial regiments. The LCAF was attempted to generate more camaraderie and esprit de corps among the 21st and the other Guards regiments, but with little success by 2765.[1]

As a part of the 3rd Division, the 21st Guards were considered a regiment for up-and-coming personnel and rising stars during the 2760s, a consequence of Leutnant General Kristy Kiirlund's tenure as commanding officer of the unit. The 21st Guards took part in the division-level deployment of the entire 3rd Division to the Circinus system in the mid-2760s to conduct Operation HOUND DOG, a determined effort to track down and destroy bandit elements and groups believed to be operating out of the otherwise-uninhabited Circinus system. Despite the Free Worlds League declining to commit any troops or observers to the Operation - the League military considering the operation to be nothing more than a "Snipe hunt" - the mission was accompanied by a team of Star League Defense Force observers. The 21st Guards had taken up a garrison post on Waldorff by 2765 and recovered completely from the few casualties taken during HOUND DOG.[1]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 21st Lyran Guards



Composition History[edit]


21st Lyran Guards (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[1]

- At this point in time the Twenty-first was based on Waldorff.[1]

2786 - 2821[edit]

21st Lyran Guards (Regiment/Green/Reliable) [2]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Waldorff. In 2821 the command was reduced to 41 percent of its strength and was deployed on Somerset. [2]


21st Lyran Guards (Regiment/Green/Reliable) [3]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Somerset with an operational readiness of 101 percent. [3] The unit was destroyed during the war.[3]
Note: At this point in time the -weight unit was stationed on [[[D]]] with an operational readiness of percent. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"
  2. 2.0 2.1 First Succession War, p. 139
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Second Succession War, p. 99