4th Confederation Reserve Cavalry

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Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry
Formed 2752 - 2765[1]
Reactivated 2827
Reactivated between 3113 and 3134
Nickname Dawn Trekkers (2765)[1]
The Legion
Ox-Head Reapers (3145))[2]
Affiliation Capellan Confederation
Parent Command Confederation Reserve Cavalry



The Capellan Reserve Cavalry formed during the years between the repeal of the Star League Council Edict of 2650 in 2752 and the eruption of the Amaris Coup. The Capellan Confederation Armed Forces had expanded rapidly, as did the militaries of the other Great Houses, and the Capellan Reserve Cavalry was the last of the CCAF brigades to form (or re-form) prior to the Coup. Between 2752 and 2765 the Reserve Cavalry mustered seven new regiments, with the intention that the Reserve Cavalry would act as rapid reinforcements to other units and as a source of replacement personnel for frontline commands. Like the other regiments within the Reserve Cavalry, the Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry was an odd combination of volunteer corps, training cadre and militia, with standing orders for the junior Colonel in charge of the Fourth to subordinate his command to place it at the full disposal of any frontline command it served alongside. This allowed the Fourth to act as a synergistic part of the superior formation, free of internal power struggles or conflicts.[1]

The Fourth was formed using recruits from the new colony worlds in the Confederation's rimward regions, and the majority of the recruits were hardy pioneers accustomed to extended periods of isolation, harsh environments and privation.[1]

Third Succession War[edit]

Raid on Styk[edit]

The Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry fought Wolf's Dragoons on Styk in late 3006 and early 3007.[3] When Wolf's Dragoons launched a raid on the 'Mech construction facility at Hegemony Bay on the planet Styk in late 3006 they were met by the Fourth Reserve. The Dragoons used a diversionary attack on a nearby dam to lure the 4th Reserve away from defense of the facility. When the unit returned they engaged hover units of the Dragoons and eventually pushed their way back into the city but not after heavy damage was inflicted.[3]

Fourth Succession War[edit]


When the Avalon Hussars of the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns landed on Styk they faced the Third Battalion of the 4th Reserve along with a 'Mech and Infantry Battalion from House Fujita assigned to defend the important Tao 'Mechworks facility. The inexperienced warriors of the 4th Reserve fell into a classic ambush and were quickly destroyed or forced to surrender.[4]

New Canton[edit]

The Screaming Eagles mercenary force occupied New Canton and battled with the First Battalion of the 4th Reserve and the Third Battalion of Trimaldi's Secutors in guerrilla-style engagements in the jungles of the northern continent. When the Eagles finally caught up with the 4th Reserve and cornered them up against a river the unit surrendered. After the surrender the commander of the Eagles, Colonel Opson Mathis, ordered the 'Mechs of the Fourth Reserve disabled, sealed the pilots in their cockpits, and murdered them by pushing them into the river.[5]

By the end of the Fourth Succession War two of the Fourth's battalions had been destroyed and a third not engaged.[6] At some point after this they were disbanded and were only reconstituted sometime between 3113 and 3134.

Dark Age[edit]

The Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry was created in secret sometime before 3134 as one of the Hidden Lion regiments formed by Chancellor Daoshen Liao using stockpiled equipment.[2] This new CRC unit uses the Augmented Regiment formations commonly found in the CCAF by 3145.[7] They are a second-line regiment of the Sian Commonality.[8]

Thought to be another dummy unit, this was proven wrong when the Fourth CRC took part in the capture of Halloran V in 3135, and action where they beaten Ghost Legion‎‎ forces.[9][10]

In 3145, the regiment was paired with House Hiritsu during Operation CELESTIAL REWARD and defeated the Fifth Syrtis Fusiliers on Royalston.[2][11] The unit was later posted on Avigait.[12]

When Task Force Hydra attacked Avigait in November 3147, the Fourth CRC fought a delaying action against the AFFS invaders before pulling back deeper into the Confederation.[13]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 4th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
Sang-shao Gweilung Pham 3145[12]


Star League Era[edit]

The Fifth was established as the Reserve Cavalry's dedicated reconnaissance regiment.[1]

The Dark Age[edit]

As of 3145 during their operations with Warrior House Hiritsu, the Fourth CRC would divide the regiment into two flanking columns and attempt to envelope enemy formations. This allowed for them to pin those formations on to Warrior House Hiritsu to destroy.[2]

Composition History[edit]


Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[1]

- At this point in time the Fourth was stationed on Ambergrist.[1]


Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[14]

- At this point in time the Fourth was a light-weight regiment operating at full strength and were stationed on Ambergrist.[14] In 2821 the unit was operating at between one-third and half-strength, and were stationed on Avigait.[14]


4th Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[15]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Avigait with an operational readiness of 74 percent.[15]


4th Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[15]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Yongd with an operational readiness of 32 percent.[15]


Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalty (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[16]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on New Canton and also on Elgin.[16]


Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry


Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry (Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Sang-shao Gweilung Pham

Ox-Head Flight (Regular/Reliable)[12]

Fourth Cavalry Armor (Regular/Reliable)[12]

Fourth Cavalry Auxiliary (Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Wladyslaw Dolata


As of 3145, The Fourth CRC trims their equipment bone white, and uses a bull's skull as their emblem.


The unit has a preponderance of fast medium and light battlemechs.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Field Report 2765: CCAF, p. 16: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Field Manual: 3145, p. 39: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry - Fourth Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wolf's Dragoons, p. 9: "Raid on Styk"
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 2: "Styk"
  5. Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 99: "Screaming Eagles: Soiled Honor"
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 102: "Capellan Casualties"
  7. Field Manual: 3145, p. 27: "General Review"
  8. Field Manual: 3145, p. 28: "The New Old-Fashioned Way"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dark Age: 3135 PDA Journals, p. 178: "10 May 3135"
  10. Dark Age: 3135 PDA Journals, p. 180: "12 May 3135"
  11. Field Manual: 3145, p. 78: "Capellan March Brigade"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Field Manual: 3145, p. 46: "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3145"
  13. Shattered Fortress, p. 41
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Fourth Succession War, p. 135: "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces (CCAF) - Deployment Table"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Second Succession War, p. 95
  16. 16.0 16.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 105