17th Benjamin Regulars

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Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars
Formed Star League era or earlier[1]
Nickname The Power of Proper Religion
Affiliation Draconis Combine
Parent Command Benjamin Regulars

The Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars are a heavy BattleMech Regiment in the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery.


Star League Era[edit]

Of the various brigades of Regulars active within the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery during the Star League era, the regiments of the Benjamin Regulars - including the Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars - were considered to be the most flexible. This was a reflection of the reality that the Regulars could at any point be called on to fight against the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns, the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces or the Star League Defense Force, as a result of the Benjamin Military District bordering the Federated Suns, Lyran Commonwealth and Terran Hegemony. This was even acknowledged by the Internal Security Force, who gave the Seventeenth and the other regiments of the Regulars more leeway than the average DCMS unit - an attitude the Benjamin Regulars repaid by limiting complaints and criticism to supply issues and local concerns, rather than anything to do with politics.[1]

Although the ISF had rated the Seventeenth as a questionable command in 2765, this was not due to disloyalty, but rather a representation of the reduced combat effectiveness of the regiment while it was rebuilding, having taken damage during a bandit raid shortly before. It was anticipated that the Seventeenth wouldn't reach full strength again until at least early 2766.[1]

Third Succession War[edit]

Warlord Syovo Yorioshi loved the 17th Benjamin Regulars. He visited planets through his district giving scholarshops to the Sun Zhang Academy and ensuring those graduates spent at least three years within his unit. Many of these students were also the sons of wealthy families, who contributed with money to the regimental coffers. This made the unit so well equipped during those years.[2]

The 17th fought a dozen engagements with Davion and Steiner raiding parties between 3020 and 3025.[2]

The Seventeenth participated in the Galtor campaign during 3025.[3] On the 12th of September two battalions from the Seventeenth chased down Seymour's Battalion of the Raman Draconis March Militia. While the two battalions from the Seventeenth skirmished with Seymour's Battalion, the two Seventeenth scored few if any kills, as the attached Combine aerospace fighters had complete control of the air and were responsible for strafing and destroying almost all of the Raman DMM 'Mechs encountered. The last three surviving members of Seymour's Battalion made it to the Innersea coast of the McGraw Plains, with the two battalions from the Seventeenth in close pursuit; faced with no support or ability to retreat, the senior surviving AFFS MechWarrior, Bernard Domingo, challenged Tai-sa Timothy Elazar of the Seventeenth to a duel to decide their fate; Domingo offered the surrender of all three survivors if he was defeated, but requested that the three be released to the Raman DMM with their 'Mechs if he defeated Elazar. Elazar agreed, stating that Domingo's offer brought honor to himself and the Raman DMM; however, before the duel could begin, Combine aerospace fighters attacked and destroyed all three AFFS 'Mechs, killing their pilots, despite orders and pleas from Elazar and the other warriors of the Seventeenth to break off the attack. Elazar and a fellow Tai-sa, Jacob Gonen, were so incensed with what they saw as the dishonorable actions of the aerospace pilots that they actively worked to suppress details of the battle, assuring that the aerospace forces received no honor or praise from the battle; the two Tai-sas also recovered two of the three fallen MechWarriors' bodies and transported the remains to New Wuhan City for burial or return to their families, with full honors and respect due. The third body was recovered later, and two of the fallen were husband and wife, Bernard Domingo and Annabelle Domingo; Elazar and Gonen made a point of returning to Galtor III in 3045 to visit their graves, and paid for a special dual gravestone to be erected for the Domingos, replacing the generic AFFS markers in place. The truth about the battle with Seymour's Battalion on Galtor III came to light in 3065, after a detailed investigation by Professor Douglas Running-Elk of the NAIS and a Combine academic, Tai-i Toshibo of the Dover Institute for Higher Learning.[4]

After routing the Thirty-third Avalon Hussars several times, the Seventeenth took serious losses outside New Wuhan City when a battalion of the Twelfth Vegan Rangers performed a daring nighttime drop and ambushed them from behind. This allowed the Thirty-third to smash into the Seventeenth, and the two units began grinding the Seventeenth between them. The Seventeenth was able to withdraw from the field, but the inability of the Benjamin Regulars to destroy the Davion defenders led to Warlord Yorioshi being relieved of his command.[3] The unit suffered 63,798% casualties during the campaign.[2]

Command was passed to Tai-sho Hirushi Shotugama, and the unit was stationed on Benjamin.[2]

In 3025 the unit was stationed on Benjamin.[5]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars were one of the DCMS regiments deployed in counterattacks against the Lyran Commonwealth first major offensive of the Fourth Succession War, Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG.[6] The Fourth Skye Rangers had deployed their Second Battalion and Lightning Company to conquer the planet Komephoros during the exploitation phase of the operation, following on from the dramatic successes of the first wave of attacks.[7][8] Following the order to begin the exploitation phase, issued by Archon Katrina Steiner on the 21st of October 3028[8] the Rangers had been in the process of pacifying the planet when the Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars arrived in December 3028 or January 3029; the Rangers managed to hold their own, despite being spread across both Komephoros and Kimball II, but being attacked while the command was dispersed hampered their effectiveness and hurt their pride.[6]

The Rangers used the lull in major combat operations in early 3029 well, resting their troops and preparing new plans, and when the orders were issued to restart offensive operations in May 3029 the Rangers were ready, well-rested and well-prepared. The Rangers swiftly pushed the Regulars out of their rich river valley and began chasing them around the planet, until the Regulars were recalled by the DCMS in July, despite still having the edge on the Rangers in terms of numbers.[9]

The unit was home based on Benjamin outside the city of Deber City.[10] While the Seventeenth never adhered strictly to the samurai code of other units, it only implemented Theodore Kurita's reforms slowly, refusing to stoop to dishonorable tactics.[11]

Clan Invasion[edit]

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Operation Bulldog[edit]

The Seventeenth landed on Port Arthur with the Second Legion of Vega and the Fifth Sword of Light, securing the world and preventing Smoke Jaguar attacks.[12][13]

Dominion War[edit]

The Seventeenth held their position on Chandler, denying the Ghost Bears a chance to take the world. The soldiers of the Seventeenth were not happy with this decision, but they obeyed the Coordinator's orders.[13]

Federated Suns Incursion[edit]

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The Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars saw action early in Operation SCOUR, serving on the Federated Suns front as a part of Group III. Group III attacked Tybalt in early 3077, when it was targeted in the first wave of assaults made by the allied coalition forces that made up the Federated Suns front of Operation SCOUR.[14] Serving alongside Delta Galaxy of Clan Nova Cat and the Fifth Lyran Guards,[15] the liberation of Tybalt saw the local citizenry finding itself in the unusual position of throwing a victory parade that, for the first time in the history of Tybalt, honored a unit from the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery.[14]

As part of Group III the Seventeenth took part in the assault on Nanking in late 3077. Arriving in-system at almost the same time as a Capellan attack group, the 5th and the rest of Group III arrived above Nanking a day after the Capellans had landed, only to find that the Capellan forces led by Warrior House Fujita were trapped in their deployment zone, exhausted from the punishing trip in and under fire from the Nanking Protectorate Militia. Group III dropped behind the Militia forces and proceeded to launch an attack that saw Delta Galaxy and the Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars punish the Militia with ranged fire before the Fifth Lyran Guards launched a devastating assault that broke the Blakist forces.[15]

In late February 3078, Group III assaulted Epsilon Eridani in a campaign that took only a week, thanks in part to the nearly immediate destruction of Blakist command and control assets.

The Seventeenth participated in the assault on Terra. There they were assigned to General Connor Sortek's command. The Seventeenth and the Third Lyran Guards then seized the Pacific Northwest, part of the North American continent.[16]

During their time with the Coalition, they were followed by a Voice of the Dragon broadcast team. These embedded reporters followed the Seventeenth's members through the liberation of Terra. These broadcasts were so popular among the people of the Benjamin Military District that enrollment in the Benjamin Regulars increased 50% over the pre-Jihad level. Though the propaganda value was excellent, the Seventeenth suffered during the Jihad. Only a third of the unit remained to take up station on Alnasi.[17]

The Seventeenth's honorable conduct went far in preventing the entire Benjamin Regulars from being stained by the betrayal of the Sixth. As mentioned earlier, the Seventeenth's actions led many people to volunteer for service in the unit. As a result the Seventeenth had many more conventional assets than it did previously and so was making use of more combined arms tactics.[18]

Dark Age[edit]

During the Second Combine-Dominion the Seventeenth was assigned to recapture Mualang from the invading Ghost Bears. They landed on Mualang on August 1st, supported by the Dragonscales Cluster. Intelligence indicated that the world was only garrisoned by the Eighth Bear Cuirassiers, but the world also hosted the Rho Trinary Galaxy Command. The Seventeenth was shattered by the Cuirassiers, and the Rho TGC hounded them all the way back to their DropShips.[19]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 17th Benjamin Regulars
Tai-sho Syovo Yorioshi 3020 - 3025[2]
Tai-sho Hirushi Shotugama 3025 - 3028[20][5]
Tai-sa Tucker Orsinian 3050 - 3054[21][22]
Tai-sa Timothy Tousley 3059 - 3067[11][23]
Tai-sa Prudencio Kulmala 3085[24]


Star League Era[edit]

The Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars favored a strong combined-arms approach, but otherwise were a generalist unit, and deliberately fielded a wide range of BattleMech classes to encourage adaptation to changing circumstances.[1]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 3025 the unit specialty was open-country fighting expertise, utilizing its heavy 'Mechs to maximum effect.[18]

Clan Invasion[edit]

By 3059 the Seventeenth had improved their use of open-field tactics to include Thunder munitions to keep enemy forces at bay, allowing artillery strikes, and strafing runs by their attached aerospace complement.[11] With so many conventional forces attached to the unit, the Seventeenth of 3085 is skilled in combined-arms tactics.[18]

Composition History[edit]


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[1]

Note: At this point in time, the Regulars were stationed on Matar; attached to the Regulars were a wing of aerospace fighters, an artillery regiment, four infantry regiments and four armored regiments.[1]

2786 - 2821[edit]

Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[25]

Note: At this point in time the Regulars were a heavy-weight regiment, operating at full strength and stationed on Matar.[25]In 2821 the unit was operating at just above one-quarter of full strength and stationed on Donenac.[25]


17th Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[26]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Donenac with an operational readiness of 59 percent.[26]


17th Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Green/Fanatical)[26]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Dobson with an operational readiness of 35 percent.[26]


Prior to the Galtor Campaign[edit]

Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[27][2]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Benjamin.[28] The 17th Benjamin Regulars is considered a heavy 'Mech Unit.[29]
Regiment TO&E
Regimental BattleGroup
(4x armor lances, 1x reinforced 'Mech company)
Air Squadron
(one wing of aerospace fighters)
Elazar's Battalion
  • Battalion Headquarters ('Mech)
  • Samuel's Company ('Mech)
  • Micah's Company ('Mech)
  • Amos's Company ('Mech)
Gonen's Battalion
  • Battalion Headquarters ('Mech)
  • Saul's Company ('Mech)
  • Daniel's Company ('Mech)
  • Abel's Company ('Mech)
Sharon's Battalion
  • Battalion Headquarters ('Mech)
  • David's Company ('Mech)
  • Moses's Company ('Mech)
  • Elias's Company ('Mech)
Imperial Artillery Battalion
  • Battery Alpha (1x artillery company, 1x armor company)
  • Battery Beta (1x artillery company, 1x armor company)

After the Galtor Campaign[edit]

Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[5]
- The command contains 9 heavy companies.[30]
- At this point in time two of the battalions within the Seventeenth were commanded by Tai-sas Timothy Elazar and Jacob Gonen. The homeworld was Benjamin.[31] Gonen's battalion was equipped with heavy and assault 'Mechs.[4]


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (BattleMech Regiment/Veteran)[20]

  • CO: Tai-sho Hirushi Shotugama


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[32]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Benjamin.[32]


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[21][21]

  • CO: Tai-sa Tucker Orsinian[21]
Note: At this point in time (3050) the unit was stationed on Benjamin.[21]


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (BattleMech Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[11]

  • Second Battalion: Chu-sa James Elliot
  • Third Battalion: Chu-sa Randy Olson
Note: Approximately 60 percent of the heavy and assault 'Mechs are upgraded.
Petals on the Wind (Expanded Wing/Veteran/Reliable)[11]
  • Wing Commander: Tai-sa Jasmine Imikoto
Note: Includes 1 Vengeance-DropShip for transport duties.
Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars Armor (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[11]
  • Armor Commander: Chu-sa Harry Smith
Third Benjamin Heavy Motorized Infantry (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[11]
  • Troop Commander: Tai-sa Lynn Yuan-ming
Note: Includes 3 companies artillery and also battle armor forces.


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (BattleTech Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[23]

  • CO: Tai-sa Timothy Tousley
Petals on the Wind (4 Air Companies/Veteran/Reliable)[23]
  • Wing Commander: Tai-sa Jasmine Imikoto
Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars Armor (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[23]
  • Armor Commander: Chu-sa Harry Smith
Third Benjamin Heavy Motorized Infantry (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[23]
  • Troop Commander: Tai-sa Lynn Yuan-ming


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (BattleMech Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[17]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Alnasi.[17]


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (Regular/Reliable)[24]

  • CO: Tai-sa Prudencio Kulmala
Petals on the Wind (Veteran/Reliable)[24]
Seventeenth Benjamin Armor (2 Battalions/Regular/Questionable)[24]
  • CO: Chu-sa Cyrus Coleman
Third Benjamin Heavy Motorized Infantry (Regular/Reliable)[24]
  • CO: Tai-sa Timotej Merlo


Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars (2 Battalions/Regular/Fanatical) (90% Strength)[33]

  • CO: Tai-sa Tyrell Bell
Petals on the Wind (Veteran/Fanatical) (100% Strength)[33]
  • CO: Sho-sa Gwen Cabrera
Seventeenth Benjamin Armor (Veteran/Reliable) (105% Strength)[33]
  • CO: Tai-sa Michael Byrd
Seventeenth Benjamin Infantry (Regular/Reliable) (90% Strength)[33]
  • CO: Tai-sa Ssekien Ochiai
Notes: The unit had an "A" Equipment Rating.


The Battalion names and Company names in 3025 during the Galtor campaign are all biblical names.

Game Rules[edit]

Historical Turning Points: Galtor[edit]

The Eleventh Benjamin are a light 'Mech unit, specializing in fast strikes and recon missions; they may use Banking Initiative and Off-Map movement. The Seventeenth benefited from Yorioshi's political acumen and favoritism, getting their pick of new 'Mechs and technology; as such, one 'Mech in each lance may be chosen by the player from the selection on the RAT and may choose any known variant, even if the variant is that of another faction.[34]



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Galtor Campaign, p. 50: "17th Benjamin Regulars"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Historical Turning Points: Galtor, p. 11: "Aftermath"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Citations of Respect
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 137: "DCMS Deployment Table"
  6. 6.0 6.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 61: "End of the Offensive"
  7. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, pp. 44–45: "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
  8. 8.0 8.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 59: "Follow-up Invasions"
  9. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 71: "Ryde Theater"
  10. House Kurita: (The Draconis Combine), p. 184 (PDF p. 186): Benjamin planetary profile
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 46: "17th Benjamin Regulars Unit Profile"
  12. The Dragon Roars, p. 10
  13. 13.0 13.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 106
  14. 14.0 14.1 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 36: "First Wave Complete"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 39: "War To The Knife"
  16. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Field Report: DCMS, p. 8
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Field Manual: 3085, p. 39
  19. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 37
  20. 20.0 20.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 107
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 20 Year Update, p. 41: "DCMS Deployment Table - 3050"
  22. Objective Raids, p. 28: "DCMS Deployment Table - 3054"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 116: "DCMS Deployment Table - 3067"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 49: "DCMS Deployment Table - 3085"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 First Succession War, p. 137: "Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (DCMS)"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Second Succession War, p. 96
  27. The Galtor Campaign, p. 13: "Phase One Units"
  28. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 135: "DCMS Deployment Table"
  29. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 144: "The Benjamin Regulars"
  30. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 146
  31. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 135
  32. 32.0 32.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 138
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Field Manual: 3145, p. 63: Draconis Combine - Deployment Table continued
  34. Historical Turning Points: Galtor, p. 7: "Seventeenth Benjamin Regulars"