8th Crucis Lancers

Eighth Crucis Lancers
Formed First Succession War[1]
Nickname Islamabad Sluggers,[2] Islamabad Lancers
Affiliation Federated Suns
Parent Command Crucis Lancers


The homeworld of the Eighth Crucis Lancers is Mara. They've spent most of their time in the Draconis March, and have developed a deep dislike for the Draconis Combine.[3] In 3025 their homeworld was New Rhodes III.[4]


The Eighth Crucis Lancers were one of two Crucis Lancers commands to form during the First Succession War, the other being the Sixth.[1]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In the Fourth Succession War the 8th Crucis Lancers attacked Tikonov with the other Crucis Lancer RCTs. Unlike the other Crucis Lancer RCTs, they remained on Tikonov to garrison the world.[5] During the initial assault on Tikograd, the planetary capital, elements of the first battalion skirmished with elements of Hamilton's Highlanders that were led by Colonel Pavel Ridzik.[6]

War of 3039[edit]

In the War of 3039, the 8th Lancers attacked Biham, supported by Laurel's Legion.[7] Local companies on-world cooperated with the invading Lancers, leading to a smooth transfer of power. The 8th's CO, Marshal Charles Swaine, was a charismatic leader who left most of the existing government in place.[8] The ISF targeted the Marshal for death, thinking that his removal would lead to increased resistance. Shortly after a mortar attack on the Marshal, the 5th Ghost and 6th Ghost arrived on Biham. The Ghost regiments dispatched company sized forces to raid many targets. The 8th Lancers were unable to effectively counter these attacks because their command staff was either dead or in the hospital. In addition, the acting commander of the 8th Lancers spurned offers of support from Laurel's Legion, leading to increased friction between the AFFS units. Shortly after this the Legion disregarded the orders of the Lancer's CO and attacked the Ghost Regiments' rear areas leaving them vulnerable to the Lancers, but the Lancers failed to capitalize on this situation. The Legion had to withdraw, and the Lancers soon followed.[9]

The 8th Lancers then attacked Murchison, successfully taking the world for the nascent Federated Commonwealth.[10]

Clan Invasion[edit]

Operation Guerrero[edit]

Operation Bulldog[edit]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

During the Federated Suns attack into the Draconis Combine the 8th Lancers attacked Proserpina, supported by the 1st Robinson Rangers and the Robinson Battle Academy Training Battalion. They destroyed the 9th Benjamin Regulars.[11] After taking the Bulldog Enterprises production plant and assisting in humanitarian aid efforts after the complete destruction of a neighborhood, the 8th was awarded a Dragonslayer Ribbon and the Draconis March Meritorious Unit Citation.[12] The Combine sent a task force of the 1st Sword of Light and 1st Ghost regiments, commanded by Sho-sho Shin Yodama, to drive the Lancers from the world.[13] The Lancers had built several fortifications that made them nearly impossible for the DCMS forces to dislodge. Only the arrival of the 46th Dieron Regulars[14] and 12th Dieron Regulars[15] and their destruction of three of the Lancers' four armored regiments allowed the Combine forces to force the Lancers to surrender.[16] They were effectively destroyed in the Combine counterattack, and the survivors of the unit were transferred to other Crucis Lancer regiments to help them rebuild.[17]


Dark Age[edit]

The Eighth Crucis Lancers, along with the 3rd Federated Suns Lancers and 4th Federated Suns Lancers LCTs, defended Tikonov from a CCAF assault in 3145. The Capellan forces consisted of the Death Commandos, 2nd McCarron's Armored Cavalry, Warrior House Dai Da Chi, the 8th Capellan Reserve Cavalry, and the Marshals of Tikonov.[18]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 8th Crucis Lancers
Marshal Neale Wargo 3025[19][4]
Hauptmann General Charles Swaine 3039 - 3050[20]
Hauptmann General Jeremiah Marshall 3062 - 3066 at least[3][2]

Other Officers[edit]


The unit uses its complement of heavy 'Mechs and vehicles to their fullest potential. Few enemy units could stand against such odds. Even in 3025 the Eighth was known for using heavy BattleMechs, armor, and its infantry regiments were staffed by soldiers carrying the heaviest weapons they could manage.[22]

Composition History[edit]


Eighth Crucis Lancers (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[1]

Note: At this point in time the Lancers were a light-weight regiment stationed on Markesan and had been reduced to just over half-strength.[1]


Eighth Crucis Lancers (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[23]

Note: At this point in time the Lancers were a medium-weight regiment and had rebuilt to just over four-fifths of full strength. The Lancers were stationed on Mira.[23]


Eighth Crucis Lancers (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[23]

Note: At this point in time the Lancers were a heavy-weight regiment stationed on Mira, and had been reduced to just over a battalion in strength.[23]


Eighth Crucis Lancers RCT (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[4]

  • CO: Marshal Neale Wargo [4]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on New Rhodes III. [4]


Eighth Crucis Lancers RCT (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[24]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on New Rhodes III. [24]


Eighth Crucis Lancers (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [20]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Mara. [20]


Eighth Crucis Lancers (1 Reinforced Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[3]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Jeremiah Marshall
Note: Four Battalions of Heavy and Assault BattleMechs
Eighth Crucis Lancers Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[3]
  • CO: Leftenant General Hieremias Spaatz
  • Fifteenth Crucis Lancers Aero Wing
  • Sixteenth Crucis Lancers Aero Wing
  • Twenty-second Macintosh Heavy Interceptors
Eighth Crucis Lancers Armor Brigade (4 Regiments/Green/Unreliable)[3]
  • CO: Leftenant General Frank Ritchi
  • Aide: Kommandant Shakti Anderson
  • Twenty-second Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Penny Montgomery
  • Twenty-third Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Munish Clark
  • Twenty-fourth Crucis Lancers Armored Regiment - Leftenant General: Do Sy Truscott
  • 144th Federation Cavalry Regiment - Leftenant General: Reva McCreery
  • Eighth Crucis Lancers Artillery Battalion - Kommandant: Cassandra Bradley
  • 1943rd F-C Artillery Battalion - Kommandant: Nathan Devers
Eighth Crucis Lancers Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[3]
  • CO: Leftenant General Dorian Crerar
  • Aide: Leftenant General Gurion Dempsey
  • Fifteenth Crucis Lancers Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Cerise Hodges
  • Sixteenth Crucis Lancers Infantry Regiment - Kommandant: Phillipe Simpson
  • Fifteenth Crucis Lancers Mechanized Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Chi Patton
  • Sixteenth Crucis Lancers Mechanized Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Jim Patch
  • Eighth Crucis Lancers Jump Infantry Regiment - Leftenant General: Guillaume de Lattre
Note: Each conventional regiment fields its own transportation and a large number of towed weapons


Note: Fourth Battalion consisted entirely of Longbows and Salamanders, and Jeremiah Marshall piloted a Devastator.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First Succession War, p. 134, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Marsh Owl
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 74, "8th Crucis Lancers Unit Profile"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 136 (pdf version), "Federated Suns Deployment Table - 3025"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11
  6. The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, pp. 12-13
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 36
  8. Historical: War of 3039, p. 80
  9. Historical: War of 3039, p. 82
  10. Historical: War of 3039, pp. 99-100
  11. Field Manual: Updates, p. 106
  12. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 47-48
  13. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 134
  14. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 150
  15. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 165
  16. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 165
  17. Field Manual: Updates, p. 128
  18. Era Report: 3145, p. 161
  19. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 111
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20 Year Update, p. 19, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  21. Era Report: 3145, p. 5
  22. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 143
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 'Eighth succession War, p. 94, "Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS)"
  24. 24.0 24.1 Historical: War of 3039, p.136