3rd Lyran Regulars

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3rd Lyran Regulars
Nickname The Bee Squishers
Affiliation Lyran Commonwealth
Parent Command Lyran Regulars


First Succession War[edit]

The 3rd Lyran Regulars were reactivated in 2782; the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces recruited the 567th Striker Regiment, a former Star League Defense Force regiment from the 2nd Army in 2782 and rebadged them as the 3rd.[1]

Succession Wars[edit]

The 3rd Lyran Regulars spent most of their existence fighting the Draconis Combine. They were seen as a "hot-tempered" unit, fighting the Combine with every weapon available. The Fourth Succession War and War of 3039 provided several chances for the 3rd to face their traditional foes.[2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The planet Harvest was a major agricultural world for the Rasalhague Military District, which made it a key early target for the Lyran Commonwealth during the Fourth Succession War, and it was one of the first worlds attacked in the opening wave of Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG. The Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces task force consisted of three BattleMech regiments - the First and a sister unit, the 3rd Lyran Regulars, along with the 4th Donegal Guards, supported by forty assorted regiments of infantry and armor.[3]

The garrison on Harvest when the LCAF invasion force arrived in August 3028 consisted of twenty assorted regiments of armor and infantry and two mercenary 'Mech regiments, the 5th Amphigean Light Assault Group and Helmut's Hermits. The Lyran forces dropped on the Ohio continent en masse and made immediate and effective use of the new Lightning Companies created as a result of the cross-training and cooperation between the LCAF and the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns in the years before the invasion. In two key battles - one the Battle of Dangalobee Fields Where the 1st Lyran Regulars RCT fought the 5th Amphigean Light Assault Group, and the other the Battle for Pusou Hill where the 4th Donegal Guards RCT and elements of both Lyran Regulars RCTs fought against the Hermits - the Lightning Companies exploited weaknesses in the enemy line to break through and wreak havoc in the DCMS rear areas, catching their opponents by complete surprise.[3]

During the exploitation phase that followed the first wave of attacks in Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG the 3rd joined a follow-on invasion of the planet Kirchbach, a Prefecture capital within the Rasalhague Military District. Deploying under the overall command of General Troka, the 3rd deployed alongside the 4th Donegal Guards again, as well as Winfield's Brigade and a secret, newly-formed regiment, the Tyr Regiment - an assault-weight 'Mech command formed from members of the Tyr resistance group and those with roots in the former Rasalhague Principality. The opposition on Kirchback consisted of the 17th Rasalhague Regulars and the remaining elements of the 5th Amphigean LAG and Helmut's Hermits, who had retreated to Kirchbach after their defeat on Harvest. The Tyr regiment routed the 17th Rasalhague Regulars in a battle near the city of Östersund; the appearance of the regiment prompted a popular revolt among the population, who were still predominantly of Scandinavian heritage. The population engaged in riots and strikes, while members of the Tyr underground movement launched sabotage attacks that helped fuel an environment so hostile to the DCMS forces that they were left feeling as if they were fighting in an enemy realm. With the 17th damaged and the 5th Amphigean LAG and Helmut's Hermits still weak from their earlier battles the DCMS was forced to recall its forces from Kirchbach. General Kelly Benzinger, the commanding officer of the 17th, committed suicide on Kirchbach.[4]

The 3rd fought again in the final wave of Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, conquering the planet Mozirje with little difficulty, as the defending forces has few 'Mechs with which to oppose the Regulars.[5]

Late Succession Wars Period[edit]

In the 3040s the Third raided Sinope in the livery of the Avellar Guard. Unfortunately the Guards were participating in a diplomatic function along with ambassadors from the Federated Commonwealth and the Draconis Combine. The raid led to the High Command dismissing the Regulars' commander and executive officer and reprimanding most of the others.[2] After the unauthorized raid, the unit was reassigned to Pitkin.[6]

The Clan Invasion saw the Third reassigned to the Lyran Commonwealth but spent their time along the Clan Wolf invasion corridor acting as a cleanup and support force for other units. In 3056 they were reassigned back to Pitkin in the Draconis March.[2]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

Falling for a political gambit of Tancred Sandoval, Katherine Steiner-Davion ordered them in 3063 to seize Woodbine.[7] They detained all aristocrats and politicians. Later that year, they were beaten by Tancred Sandoval's task force.[8] Though they were unsuccessful and had been repatriated to the Lyran Alliance, a lack of transport assets kept them on Woodbine when the FedCom Civil War ended.[9]


The 3rd Lyran Regulars were effectively destroying during the Word of Blake attacked Woodbine; mustering a total strength of just two combined arms companies, there was no way the 3rd could resist the Blakists for long.[10]

The unit was rebuilt by the LCAF in the aftermath of the Jihad, and in 3085 were stationed on the interior world of Richvale. The 3rd was reconstituted using elements of the 8th Lyran Regulars, and in a somewhat unusual move Leutnant-General Cynthia Nelson, CO of the 8th, transferred to become the commanding officer of the newly-formed 3rd. This led to speculation that General Nelson had transferred for dubious reasons, possibly involving either foreknowledge of the 8th's imminent posting to Inarcs or attempt to extort money from Quikscell.[11]

Dark Age[edit]

In May 3137, they were deployed as part of Operation HAMMERFALL, the Lyran invasion of fragmented Free Worlds League. The command was led during the campaign by General Bernard Nordhoff as part "Anvil" task force. They fought hard battles against the resurrected Silver Hawk Irregulars on various worlds in Marik-Stewart Commonwealth from May to October. Later deploying against strong militia units in Duchy of Tamarind-Abbey November and December. On 14th, 1st & 2nd battalions help end conflict in the Duchy with assistance of Roderick Steiner and his remains of his Broken Swords Battalion fighting against the 1st Tamarind Regulars on Tamarind.[12][13]

The 3rd Lyran Regulars faced the 1st Tamarind Regulars four times between 3135 and 3145.[14]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 3rd Lyran Regulars
Colonel Jeffreys Saracen 3025[15][16]
Leutnant-General Bannion Gessern 3050[6]
Leutnant-General Jessica Carson 3062[2]
Leutnant-General Dana Maclaren 3067[17]
Leutnant-General Cynthia Nelson 3085[18]
General Bernard Nordhoff 3137[12][13]
Colonel Daniel Cayan 3145[19]


They use fast 'Mechs, heavy hovertanks and helicopters to quickly reposition their troops.[2]

Composition History[edit]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Veteran/Questionable)[20]

- At this point in time the Third was a medium-weight regiment and was at full strength, stationed on Apollo.[20] In 2821 the unit was reduced to just thirty-eight percent of full strength.[20]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Questionable)[21]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Apollo with an operational readiness of 103 percent.[21]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regiment/Veteran/Questionable)[21]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Apollo with an operational readiness of 53 percent.[21]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[22]

  • CO: Colonel Jeffreys Saracen[22]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Planting.[22]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[23]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Errai.[23]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[24]

  • CO: Leftenant General Bannion Gessern[24]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Pitkin.[24]


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[2]
CO: Leutnant General Jessica Carson

  • 297th Tamar Cavalry Regiment (Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[2]

CO: Kommandant Lucius Radovan

- The 297th includes two hovercraft Battalions, one Aviation Battalion, and a Squadron of Transports)


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regular/Reliable)[17]
CO: Dana Maclaren

297th Tamar Cavalry (Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[17]
CO: Lucius Radovan


3rd Lyran Regulars (Regular/Reliable)[25]
CO: Leutnant General Cynthia Nelson

3rd Lyran Armored Battalion (Green/Reliable)[25]
CO: Colonel Carl Blythe


3rd Lyran Regulars (Veteran/Reliable)[19]
CO: Colonel Daniel Cayan

3rd Regular Armor (Veteran/Reliable)[19]
CO: Colonel Jason Campbell

2nd Hood Infantry (Regular/Reliable)[19]
CO: Colonel Tammy Mitchell


  • The commanding officer of the 3rd Lyran Regulars is incorrectly given as Leutnant-General Paul Zardetto in Field Manual: 3085; it was confirmed in the official errata thread that the correct CO is Leutnant-General Cynthia Nelson, as Paul Zardetto is listed twice within the LCAF deployment table.[26]
  • The unit earned its nickname after battling a regiment of Draconis Combine jump infantry.[27]


  1. First Succession War, p. 33: "Those Left Behind (Continued)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 86: "3rd Lyran Regulars Profile"
  3. 3.0 3.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 46: "Harvest"
  4. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 60: "Kirchbach"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, pp. 60–61: "End of the Offensive"
  6. 6.0 6.1 20 Year Update, p. 20: "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  7. FedCom Civil War, p. 65
  8. FedCom Civil War, pp. 79–80
  9. Field Manual: Updates, p. 171
  10. Field Report: LAAF, p. 13: "Lyran Regulars"
  11. Field Manual: 3085, p. 102: "Lyran Regulars"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fire at Will (novel)
  13. 13.0 13.1 To Ride the Chimera (novel)
  14. Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League, p. 30
  15. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 128
  16. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118: "Deployment Table - 3025"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 179: "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  18. Field Manual: 3085 official Errata
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Field Manual: 3145, p. 132: "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Bucklands Theater"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 First Succession War, p. 139: "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces (LCAF)"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Second Succession War, p. 99
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 116: "LCAF Deployment Table"
  23. 23.0 23.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 137
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 20 Year Update, p. 20
  25. 25.0 25.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 108: "LCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  26. Field Manual: 3085, pp. 108–109: "LCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  27. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 77