3rd Oriente Hussars
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|Third Oriente Hussars|
|Affiliation||Free Worlds League|
|Parent Command||Oriente Hussars|
The Third Oriente Hussars are a Free Worlds League Military unit raised from the Duchy of Oriente. Formed at some point prior to 2765, the Third served throughout the Succession Wars before eventually being declared destroyed after the Jihad. The regiment was reformed in 3140 by the resurrected Free Worlds League.
- 1 History
- 2 Officers
- 3 Tactics
- 4 Composition History
- 5 Unit Symbol
- 6 References
- 7 Bibliography
First Succession War
In 2788 the Third was rushed to Tyrfing to reinforce the 23rd Marik Militia. There they engaged two Lyran Commonwealth units, the Stealths and the 7th Donegal Guards. Having spent several decades facing the CCAF, the Third was ill-prepared to face these different opponents. Furthermore, the Third Oriente Hussars had their aerospace fighter pilot command contingent killed in a chemical weapons attack which further reduced their efficiency. Most of the Third's supporting armor forces and infantry were also caught in a chemical attack, and though not completely destroyed they were forced to withdraw due to heavy losses.
Anton Marik's Revolt
During Anton Marik's Revolt, the Third didn't face any internal foes. In 3014 the 31st Marik Militia was trapped on Uhuru by the 9th Lyran Regulars and Narhal's Raiders. The Third, along with the 5th Oriente Hussars, relieved the trapped unit and drove the Lyran attackers off-world. They then remained on Uhuru to discourage further raids by the Lyran Commonwealth.
The 3rd Hussars by time 3025, the Green skilled unit was considered to be under strength. The unit consisted of mainly heavy 'Mech designs. It suffered from tracking and communications difficulties. They were noted at the time for their high discipline under fire and good inter-unit coordination.
Capellan Border and Operation Guerrero
Over the course of the after the 4th Succession War and Clan Invasion, the unit was primary stationed on border with House Liao. Designated to defend against raids and other threats which left the unit with a lot free time. Initially their unit commanders Colonel Gotch and Clifford drilled the unit in parade-grounds skills, to keep the unit disciplined and busy. These unit skills came useful, when League went on the offensive.
In 3057, Operation Guerrero was launched by Captain-General Thomas Marik after the death of his son. Operation had the 3rd Oriente invade the Federated Commonwealth world of Van Diemen IV. Here they fought the 3rd Republicans for control of the planet. The unit utilized pre-planned operations without using communications, leaving the 3rd Republicans without means listen into their plans. The Hussars, were victorious over the Republicans claiming the planet. The Hussar's supporting troops however were badly mauled and was forced to withdraw.
In 3063, Force Commander Therese Mathews, the unit's executive officer replaced Colonel Dumoss. The regiment equipment has been mixed ranges of from ancient to modern equipment from Word of Blake Militia. The unit Tank force took brunt of Operation Guerrero had not yet recover its losses from battle with Republicans. Infantry forces, formed from Van Diemen's militia are badly under equipped and its commander suspect they would not survive battle should they placed in one. After taking command, Colonel Mathews begun to trained her new command in art of precision strikes. These style which she learned while when she served with elite Eagle Corp. Her commando training saved her from six assassination attempts on her life over course decade. Unknown to most these actions were of actions of the Word of Blake.
Jihad and the defection
During the Jihad, the unit was still garrisoning Van Diemen IV when the Word of Blake's 15th Division assaulted the planet in 3069. With the surprise attack on the Hussars, the unit began to be over-powered by the Division's artillery and Aerospace bombardment. During the course of the fighting, Force Commander Norris Anderson murdered the unit's commander, Colonel Theresa Matthews, in a morning staff meeting. Anderson then left, taking a large part of the local infantry support unit - the Second Van Diemen Green Jackets - with him, entering service with the Word of Blake. This left the Hussars in chaos and ultimately they were defeated. A large portion of the unit joined the 15th Division. With the planet now in Word of Blake Protectorate's hands, the unit's fate is unclear.
After the Jihad, investigations discovered that the Third Oriente Hussars had been destroyed. They stayed off the rolls until 3140 when the new Free Worlds League Parliament authorized a replacement unit to be named the Third Oriente Hussars. This new unit called itself "The Reunited." Many of the soldiers who staffed this unit claimed to be descendants of the soldiers of the original Third Hussars, but these are likely exaggerations. Despite this, it provided the soldiers of the new unit with a sense of history. Since their unit was raised the Third had repelled several raids and attacks by the Andurien Defense Force. Their two battalions were stationed on Mansu-ri and Dalton in 3145.
A company of the Third Oriente Hussars was lost after a raid on Deschenes. An unknown attacker seized a Union-class DropShip in the Mansu-ri system and the Oriente ship was never heard from again.
|Commanding Officers of the 3rd Oriente Hussars|
The unit developed Commando-style precision strike tactics while under command of Colonel Matthews.
Third Oriente Hussars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)
2786 - 2821
3rd Oriente Hussars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) 
- Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Jouques. In 2821 the command was reduced to 31 of its strength and was deployed at Alula Australis. 
3rd Oriente Hussars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) 
- Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Alula Australis with an operational readiness of 95 percent. 
3rd Oriente Hussars (Regiment/Elite/Reliable) 
- Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Alula Australis with an operational readiness of 66 percent. 
Third Oriente Hussars (Green/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Irving Clifford
3rd Oriente Hussars (Regiment/Green/Reliable)
Third Oriente Hussars (Regiment/Green/Reliable)
- CO/1st Battalion: Colonel Simon Dumose
- 2nd Battalion: Force Commander Peter Lipton
- 3rd Battalion: Force Commander Orswald Bursin
- CO: Commodore John Pack
- CO: Force Commander Abdul Rauf
Second Van Diemen Green Jackets (1 Regiment/Green/Fanatical)
- CO: Lt. Colonel Nicole Pourdes
Third Oriente Hussars (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Clark Patrick
Third Hussars Aerospace Wing (Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Commander Sheldon Skinner
- CO: Lieutenant Colonel Claudia Sherman
- CO: Lieutenant Colonel Lenore Gill
Three interconnecting rings, two on top, one on the bottom.
- Turning Points: Tyrfing, p. 10
- First Succession War, p. 58
- Historical: Brush Wars, p. 24
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 100, "3rd Oriente Hussars unit description marking its strengths and weaknesses".
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 94, "Hussar brief History during Operation Guerrero".
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 152, "Therese Mathews takes over command of the 3rd Oriente Hussars".
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 94, "Listings of composition status".
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 152, "Mathews improves training of the unit, side dialog in Field Manual listing for Hussars mentions has Word of Blake operative swearing revenge on her for death of latest assassin as of 3067".
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 47, "The Jihad In Review"
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 130, "Notable pilot Adept Norris Anderson named as the traitor who took out Hussar's commander".
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 104
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 115, "Free Worlds League Military"
- Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League, p. 48
- Shattered Fortress, p. 21
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 100, "Small unit profile for 3rd Oriente Hussars".
- 20 Year Update, p. 57, "FWLM Deployment Table".
- Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 14, "Oriente Hussars"
- ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 138
- ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 98
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 108, "FWLM Deployment Table"
- Historical: Brush Wars, p.86
- 20 Year Update
- Field Manual: 3145
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League
- Field Manual: Updates
- First Succession War (Source Book)
- Historical: Brush Wars
- Jihad: Final Reckoning
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents
- Shattered Fortress
- Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade
- Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League
- Turning Points: Tyrfing