Field Manual: SLDF

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Field Manual: SLDF
Product information
Type Sourcebook
Author Jason Schmetzer
William Gauthier
Jason Hansa
Ken Horner
Philip A. Lee
Aaron Pollyea
Craig Reed
Elliotte Want
Development Jason Schmetzer
Øystein Tvedten (strategic assistance)
Pages 264
Cover Artwork Randall Mackey
Illustrations Peter Johnston
Chris Lewis
Matt Plog
Rudy Valle
David White
Alex Williamson
Øystein Tvedten (maps)
Ray Arrastia (Logos/Layout)
David Allen Kerber (Logos)
Chris Lewis (Logos)
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35251
First published 2012
MSRP $40.00
Era Star League era
Agency Republic Armed Forces
Universe Date 23 October 3090
Timeline 2764
Series Field Reports
Preceded by Field Manual: 3085
Followed by Field Manual: 3145


Framed as an "SLDF 2764 Readiness Report" to Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky, Field Manual: SLDF presents an in-depth look at the Star League's mighty forces just prior to the Amaris Civil War and the onset of the Succession Wars. The first part discusses the structure of the Star League Defense Force by combat arm and the various departments and subcommands, while the main section presents a corps-by-corps breakdown of the SLDF Army and Navy. For the first time in a sourcebook, significant attention is given to the numbered fleets of the Navy—the most powerful space navy in history.

From the back cover[edit]


It was the middle of the twenty-eighth century. Two hundred years after the Age of War, all of mankind now lived, united, under one flag: the Star League. Defending and policing this vast realm nearly 3,000 worlds strong was the largest army ever known to humanity: the Star League Defense Force. Harnessing the largest fleet of WarShips ever assembled, the most advanced technologies in BattleMech and aerospace design, and the finest, most disciplined training regimens in known space, the SLDF was the invincible might that kept the feuding Houses of the Inner Sphere in line.

Field Manual: SLDF describes the single greatest military force the Inner Sphere has ever seen: the Star League Defense Force. Including a brief history and overview of the SLDF, its formation, organization, and training programs, this book provides the most detailed look ever at the army that protected the Inner Sphere before the treachery of Stefan Amaris and the Succession Wars that soon followed. Special rules are also included, enabling players to create Star League forces for use in campaigns set in one of BattleTech's most storied eras.



  • The trademarked title is the rather unwieldy BattleTech Field Manual: Star League Defense Force (Field Manual: SLDF), with BattleTech not in italics.