Alliance Grenadiers

Alliance Grenadiers
Unit Profile (as of 2583)
Nickname
Parent Formation Alliance Ground Defense Arm
Formed 2583

Unit Description[edit]

The Alliance Grenadiers was formed during the Reunification War. They were the sister regiment of the Alliance Borderers and also one of the first five BattleMech regiments to exist within the military command of the Outworlds Alliance.[1] The unit logo is described as two grenades on a white field edged with gold.[2]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Alliance Grenadiers and their sister regiment, the Alliance Borderers, were formed during the Reunification War, primarily from salvage obtained from Star League forces or equipment purchased covertly from Federated Suns sources. The Grenadiers formed in late 2582 on Alpheratz and first saw combat during the battles for Cerberus, where two battalions of the Grenadiers fought alongside the Cerberus Militia against the the 4th Division and 5th Division of II Corps. Despite the rapid destruction of much of the planetary militia, the Grenadiers fought a guerrilla war that lasted well over a year against the SLDF forces, preventing them from capturing Cerberus.[3][1][4]

The Grenadiers remained on Cerberus until the end of the war in 2585; by the end of the war, the Grenadiers had fought alongside the Santiago Carabiniers, Pitcairn Legion and elements of the 2nd Armored Division against the equivalent of three SLDF divisions.[3]

As a part of the restrictions associated with the status of the Alliance after the declaration of peace in 2585 the Grenadiers were disbanded, but were then reformed later during the Periphery uprising in the 28th century and equipped with 'Mechs seized from SLDF stores within the Alliance. The Grenadiers saw extensive service against pirates among the outer planets of the Outworlds Alliance during the 30th century, although the Grenadiers' two battalions were based on Cerberus and Sevon.[2]

When Chairman Janet Rice took command of the Grenadiers during the Clan Invasion era, the Grenadiers were considered to be a low-morale rabble with little skill. Rice was given responsibility for transforming the Grenadiers back into an effective combat command, something she worked on through a combination of intensive training and new equipment. By the beginnings of the Jihad, the combination of Rice's actions and some battlefield successes during the increasingly frequent pirate raids plaguing the Outworlds Alliance had worked wonders for the Grenadiers' morale, although the regiment was still considered to be a very green formation.[5]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Alliance Grenadiers
Chairman Gabriel Arenthir 3025[6]
Chairman Enrique Abenze 3050[7]
Chairman Janet Rice 3067[8]
Chairman Lori Perez 3145[9]

Tactics[edit]

Unknown.

Composition History[edit]

2786 - 2821[edit]

Alliance Grenadiers (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [10]

8 At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Lushann. In 2821 the command was reduced to 44 percent of its strength and was deployed on Lushann. [10]

2830[edit]

Alliance Grenadiers (Regiment/Elite/Reliable) [11]

  • At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Lushann with an operational readiness of 77 percent. [11]

2864[edit]

Alliance Grenadiers (Regiment/Elite/Reliable) [11]

  • At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Lushann with an operational readiness of 36 percent. [11]

3025[edit]

The Alliance Grenadiers[6]

  • CO: Chairman Gabriel Arenthir
  • 1st Battalion (Regular/Fanatical) - CO: Chairman Enrique Abenze
  • 2nd Battalion (Regular/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Karl Hemhoft

- In 3025, the Borderers were a medium weight BattleMech unit and had infantry, DropShip and JumpShip support, but no organic fighter or armor support. The Grenadiers had supply problems though, and were described as typically being short of spares and equipment during this era.[2]

3050[edit]

The Alliance Grenadiers[7]

  • CO: Chairman Enrique Abenze
  • 1st Battalion (Regular/Fanatical) - CO: Chairman Janet Rice
  • 2nd Battalion (Regular/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Wayne Girance
  • 3rd Battalion (Green/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Jonathan Nardi

3067[edit]

Alliance Grenadiers (Regular/Reliable)[8]

  • Command Battalion (Veteran/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Janet Rice
  • 2nd Battalion (Infantry) (Regular/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Wayne Girance)
  • 3rd Battalion (Infantry) (Green/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Irene Simonson

3145[edit]

Alliance Grenadiers (Regular/Reliable)[9]

  • CO: Chairman Lori Perez
  • Command Battalion (Regular/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Lori Perez
  • Second Battalion (Green/Reliable) - CO: Chairman Andrew Smith
  • Third Battalion (Regular/Questionable) - CO: Chairman Louis Ramirez

Notes[edit]

  • Historical: Reunification War indicates on page 42 that the Alliance Borderers received their baptism of fire on Cerberus, against the Star League 4th Division and 5th Division. However, this is contradicted by other entries within the same book for the battles on Cerberus and the unit deployment tables, which indicate that the Borderers fought on Lushann, and that the Alliance Grenadiers fought on Cerberus. This has been raised as errata on the official Catalyst Game Labs forum.[1][4][3]

Rules[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

  • When randomly generating forces each Alliance Grenadier lance or platoon may roll for equipment twice on the SLDF table and once on the Federated Suns table.[12]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Historical: Reunification War, p. 42, "Alliance Borderers"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Periphery (sourcebook), p. 114, "Alliance Grenadiers Unit Profile"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Historical: Reunification War, p. 141, "Outworlds Alliance Front"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 123, "Cerberus and the Baby Killers"
  5. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 142, "MLN-1A Merlin"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Periphery 1st Edition, p.115, "Deployment Table"
  7. 7.0 7.1 20 Year Update, p. 79, "Alliance Military Corps Deployment Table"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Field Manula: Update, p. 203, "Alliance Military Corps Deployment Table"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 174, "Clan Force Deployments - Alliance Militia Corps"
  10. 10.0 10.1 ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 140
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 100
  12. Historical: Reunification War, p. 183, "Outworlds Alliance"

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