5th Army (Star League)
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|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Parent Formation||Star League Defense Force|
The 5th Army was the only standard pattern army stationed within the Capellan Confederation, with the main Army Headquarters located on Epsilon Eridani and responsibility for those worlds closest to Terra. The Fifth was the largest SLDF army in the Confederation. The Fifth's headquarters were located 75 light years away from the nearest Corps, which led to General Merga allowing his Corps commanders a great deal of latitude. This policy had worked well for the Fifth.
General Merga also used a modified Lion DropShip as his command vessel, and was frequently traveling to visit his units in their garrison posts. In addition to checking up on his units, he used these trips to consult with Capellan nobles and governments to remind them of the value of the Star League.
Unlike other Armies responsible for member state capital worlds, the Fifth didn't have a standing unit on Sian. Instead the SLIC employed more agents. The Fifth Army was able to work together with CCAF commands to destroy bandit forces and repel raids. Those CCAF units that worked alongside the SLDF had a better opinion of the Star League, but most Capellans treated the members of the Fifth Army with suspicion, if not outright paranoia. Despite this, some units, like the 15th Dracon, were held in high regard.
When the Periphery Uprising erupted, the other two regional armies within the Capellan Confederation, the 6th and 7th Armies, were both deployed forward into the Periphery. That left the 5th with responsibility for the entire of the Confederation; to augment the 5th the SLDF High Command transferred in 29 assorted regiments of troops from the 1st Army.
When Stefan Amaris launched his coup on the 27th of December 2766 on Terra his forces also swung into action on all of the other worlds within the Terran Hegemony and a number of jointly-administered worlds. This included Epsilon Eridani; despite the Fifth Army being deployed across the Confederation there were still a large number of personnel from the fifth Army on Epsilon Eridani, as well as a substantial number of SLDF personnel within the support and training organizations. These people, primarily administrative, support and logistics personnel, posed a risk to the Rim Worlds Republic forces, which had already managed to occupy at least one Castle Brian on Epsilon Eridani prior to the Coup beginning. The SLS Antietam Creek was a black navy ship from the SLDF attached to the 2nd Battalion of the 83rd BattleMech Division when the unit tried to escape from Epsilon Eridani during the Amaris Coup in 2767.
When Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky arranged to meet with the remaining members of the SLDF High Command and his task force commanders on the recently-liberated world of Talitha in November 2774. With Talitha on the front lines, close to two major Amaris Empire Armed Forces strongholds, Kerensky and the other senior officers travelled discretely, and Kerensky charged the Fifth Army - commanded at the time by General Kim Solheim - in charge of conference security. Despite a handful of minor attacks on the base by Amaris' loyalists, the conference went off without a hitch.
|Commanding Officers of the 5th Army|
Different per Unit.
Corps of the 5th Army
- The Star League, p. 153
- Field Manual: SLDF, p. 79
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 43, "Fifth Army"
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 80, "Cometh Hell's Legions"
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 84-85, "Atrocities And Excesses"
- Lawyers, Guns, & Money
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 29-30, "Inside Looking In"