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| nickname = Cochraine's Goliaths / The Colossus
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| parent formation = [[Capellan Chargers]] (2805)<br>[[St. Ives Armored Cavalry]] (2990)<br>Capellan Chargers (3145)
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==History==
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The '''Fifth Capellan Chargers Regiment''' was founded in [[2805]] at the height of the [[First Succession War]].<ref name=citation47>''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation'', p. 47, “Proffered Hand”</ref>
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=== First Succession War ===
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The Fifth Capellan Chargers participated in a multi-regimental task force attempting to retake the former Liao world of [[Chesterton]] in [[2812]].<ref name=citation47/><ref name="FSWp97"/> This represented the last major effort by the CCAF to recapture Chesterton during the First Succession War. Deployed alongside the Fifth were the [[1st Ariana Fusiliers|First]] and [[Second Ariana Fusiliers]], [[Vincent's Commandos]] and a similar number of regiments of infantry and armor in support. The [[Maskirovka]] went to some lengths to try and conceal the intended target of this force, even to the extent that the rank-and-file troops within each unit didn't know where they were going. Unfortunately for the CCAF a mole within the Maskirovka learned of the plan and informed the Federated Suns' [[MIIO]] a few days before the task force set off.<ref name="FSWp97">''First Succession War'', p. 97, "Liao's Last Play: The Battle for Chesterton"</ref>
  
===History===
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The task force ships found no notable AFFS naval presence in the Chesterton system, with minimal communications activity on the ground; the burn into orbit was only opposed by a handful of [[aerospace fighter]]s, launched from one of Chesterton's moons. Everything gave the impression that the CCAF task force had achieved total surprise, and the defenses on the ground were so light that the two regiments of the Ariana Fusiliers were able to land at the empty spaceport located just outside Chesterton City, the planetary capital. It was only after the two regiments began disembarking from their [[DropShip]]s that the AFFS defenders revealed their true strength, with two regiments from the [[Crucis Lancers]] brigade<ref name="FSWp97"/>, the [[3rd Crucis Lancers|Third]] and [[5th Crucis Lancers|Fifth]]<ref name=citation47/>, accompanied by the mercenary unit [[Belinda's Irregulars]] emerging from cover along with a number of supporting units and launched themselves at the disorganized CCAF troops at the spaceport. The opening skirmish began chaotically, and by the time the Lancers began pushing forward the two regiments of Ariana Fusiliers had already lost two [[battalion]]s of 'Mechs.<ref name="FSWp97"/>
Considered one of oldest and youngest regiments in the CCAF, the unit comprises survivors of the 5th Capellan Chargers, originally forming in [[2805]].
 
  
During the First Succession War, the Goliath's partipated in multi-regimential task force to retake the former Liao world of [[Chesterton]] in [[2812]].  As part of the task force, the unit landed unopposed, however they were attacked by the defending [[3rd Crucis Lancers|Third]] & [[5th Crucis Lancers|Fifth Crucis Lancers]] regiments with support by Belinda's Irregulars in a hard and brutal struggle for the world.<ref>''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)'' page 47 - Proffered Hand - Cochraine's Goliath among many of the regimental forces trying take Chesterton in 2812.</ref> The effort, the unit was considered destroyed with many of the unit's 'Mechs and loss of skilled MechWarriors killed on Chesterton.
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Despite the battle being fought outside Chesterton City, Vincent's Commandos pushed ahead with their landing at Tristram while the Fifth Capellan Chargers landed at Swansea, two heavily industrialized cities, only for similar ambushes to occur. With supporting AFFS forces smashing into both Capellan regiments as they attempted to unload from their DropShips. All four Capellan regiments fortified their positions, but after three days of battle it became clear that the task force no longer had the strength needed to defeat the defending AFFS forces. More than a regiment of 'Mechs had been lost in total, with a similar number of [[MechWarrior (pilot)|MechWarriors]] killed, before the task force was given the order to withdraw; by the time the surviving CCAF forces managed to escape, only two 'Mech battalions out of the twelve that had landed were intact, and the Fifth Capellan Chargers had been destroyed as a combat unit.<ref name="FSWp97"/><ref name=citation47/>
  
The unit despite being destroyed, remained on the rolls of the CCAF's regimental listings for 178 years as memorial to troops who fought on Chesterton.
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=== Third Succession War ===
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In [[2990]] Colonel Fiona Cochraine took command of the newly reactivated unit which was re-equipped with 'Mechs found in a Star League repair depot on [[Tantara]]. Through this long-lost depot, found under an arctic ice shelf, the unit gained the Confederation's only allotment of ''[[Goliath]]'' BattleMechs.<ref name=citation90>''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation'', p. 90, “Cochrain’s Goliaths, History”</ref> The Goliaths saw action prior to the [[Fourth Succession War]] only a single time because [[Chancellor]] [[Maximilian Liao]] did not want to commit the rare ''Goliath''-filled force unless absolutely necessary. In [[3005]] the unit finally saw action in defense of [[Indicass]] against elements of the [[Ceti Hussars]]. There the ''Goliath''s destroyed two companies of [[House Davion|Davion]] ''[[Wolverine]]'' and ''[[Ostroc]]'' 'Mechs, causing the Hussars to retreat.<ref name=citation90/>
  
This changed in [[2990]], when Colonel Fiona Cochraine took command of newly reactived unit.
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===Fourth Succession War===
The unit was re-equiped with BattleMechs found in a Star League repair depot on [[Tantara]]. Through this long-lost depot under artic ice shelf, unit gained Confederation's only allotment of [[Goliath]] BattleMech.  
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At the outbreak of the [[Fourth Succession War]] the Goliaths were the target of a planetary assault while garrisoning [[St. Andre]] on August 20th, [[3028]]. The attacking [[Davion Light Guards]] were scattered because of heavy Aerospace fighter cover and their Second Battalion was unable to land.<ref>''Warrior: Riposte'', pp. 240-241 - "Captain Redburn receives reports of fighting on St. Andre prior to dropping".</ref> The ''Goliath''s pushed the Light Guards' First [[Battalion]] out of position by forcing the mixed light and medium ‘Mechs to stay away from their longer-ranged weapons. The command company of the Goliaths was attacked from the rear by a reinforced (double-sized) company of Light Guard 'Mechs.  Delta Company, led by Captain [[Andrew Redburn]], hot-dropped behind the Goliaths' lines and attacked the larger 'Mechs from the rear. The ''Goliath''s, armed with primarily long-range weapons, were unable to fight back effectively when the lighter 'Mechs closed to within short-range. Colonel Cochraine was killed when Captain Redburn resorted to a [[Death from Above]] attack while two lances worth of his troops concentrated fire on the stubborn Assault 'Mech.<ref>''Warrior: Riposte'', pp. 244-245 - "Colonel Cochraine's ''Goliath'' is attacked and finally killed by Delta Company".</ref>
  
The unit was only seen action prior to the 4th Succession War, once. This was due to [[Chancellor]] [[Maximilian Liao]] not wanting to commit rare ''Golitah'' filled force reserve unless necessary.
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The Goliaths fell into disarray and the Guards' First Battalion pushed into the battle line leading to the destruction of Cochraine’s ''Goliath''s.<ref name=WRp253-254>''Warrior: Riposte'', pp. 253-254, "First Prince Hanse Davion receives after-action report of Delta Company's attack on Cochraine's ''Goliath''s".</ref>
  
In the [[3005]], the unit finally saw action in defense of world of [[Indicass]] against elements of [[Ceti Hussars]]. There Goliaths destroyed two companies of Davion ''[[Wolverine]]'' and ''[[Ostroc]]'' 'Mechs, causing the Hussars retreat from the world.
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=== The Dark Age ===
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The Fifth Capellan Chargers was reformed sometime during [[Operation GREAT FLOOD]] as one of the [[Hidden Lion]] regiments resurrected by [[Chancellor]] [[Daoshen Liao]] using stockpiled equipment. They received nearly all the assault [[BattleMech]]s allotted for the Capellan Chargers brigade and has thus become one of the heaviest regiments in the [[CCAF]].<ref name="FM:3145p34">''Field Manual: 3145'', p. 34, "Fifth Capellan Chargers"</ref> The regiment was reformed sometime between [[3134]] and [[3144]]. They were an assault regiment made up of fresh academy graduates by [[3145]].<ref name="FM:3145p34"/> The Fifth Capellan Chargers were a front-line regiment of the Capella Commonality.<ref name="FM:3145p28"/> The new Capellan Chargers used the [[Augmented Regiment]] formations commonly found in the [[CCAF]] by [[3145]].<ref name=FM:3145p27>''Field Manual: 3145'', p. 27, "General Review"</ref> They were a front-line regiment of the [[Capella Commonality]].<ref name="FM:3145p28">''Field Manual: 3145'', p. 28, "THE NEW OLD-FASHIONED WAY"</ref>
  
====Fourth Succession War====
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===Operation CELESTIAL REWARD===
In outbreak of the [[4th Succession War]], the unit was target of planetary assaulted while garrison [[St. Andre]] in August 20th, 3028.  The [[Davion Light Guards]] hit the planet, but were scattered due to heavy Aerospace fighter cover. Preventing the landing of Guard's 2nd Battalion.<ref>''Warrior: Riposte'' page 240-241 Captain Redburn receives reports of fighting on St. Andre prior to dropping.</ref>
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The Fifth Capellan Chargers did not participate in [[Operation CELESTIAL REWARD]]. They were stationed on [[Capella]] as its garrison.<ref name="FM:3145p34"/>
  
The Goliath's pushed the Light Guard's 1st Battalion out position, forcing mix light and medium mech battalion to stay out of its weaponry's ranges. The command company of the Goliath is suddenly attack from its rear by reinforced (Double-sized) company of Light Guard 'Mechs.  The Delta Company lead by Captain [[Andrew Redburn]] out manuvered the Goliath's hot-dropped behind Goliath's lines.
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==Officers==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! scope="col" width="220" style="background: #dedede;" | Rank
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| colspan="4" style="background: #efefef;" | '''Commanding Officers of the Cochraine's Goliaths'''
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| ''[[Colonel]]''||[[Fiona Yare Cochraine]]||[[3025]]<ref name=WRp253-254/>
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|-
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| ''[[Sang-shao]]''||[[Chunfu Novoselec]]||[[3145]]<ref name=FM:3145p44>''Field Manual: 3145'', p. 44, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3145"</ref>
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|-
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|}
  
The Goliath were unable to fight back effectively, as the lighter 'Mech closed within short-range of long-range orient 'mechs and commence its destruction.  Colonel Cochraine was killed by Captain Redburn when he committed a [[Death from Above]] attack on her 'Mech after two lances worth of his troops concentrated fire on the stubborn Assault 'Mech.<ref>''Warrior: Riposte'' page 244-245 - Colonel Cochraine's Goliath is attacked attack finally killed by Delta Company.</ref>
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==Tactics==
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===3145===
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The regiment has no stated specialized abilities.<ref name="FM:3145p34"/>
  
The Goliaths fell into disarray with now rest of the Guard's 1st Battalion now pushing into Goliath's battlelines. This lead to the destruction of the regiment.<ref>''Warrior: Riposte'' page 253-254 - First Prince [[Hanse Davion]] receives after-action report of Delta Company's attack on Cochraine's Goliaths.</ref>
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==Unit Emblem==
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===3025===
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A stylized castle on a white field.
  
===Officers===
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===3145===
==3025==
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The outline of a man standing astride a flaming sun.<ref name="FM:3145p34"/>
*Unit Commander - Colonel Fiona Yare Cochraine
 
*1st Battalion - Major Amira Keng
 
  
===Unit Emblem===
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==Composition History==
A stylized castle on a white field.
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=== 2805 ===
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'''Fifth Capellan Chargers''' (Regiment/Green/Reliable)<ref name="FSWp135">''First Succession War'', p. 135, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces (CCAF)"</ref>
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:- At this point in time the Fifth was a heavy-weight unit.<ref name="FSWp135"/>The unit was destroyed during the war. <ref name="FSWp135"/>
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===3025===
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'''Cochraine's Goliaths''' (1 [[Battalion]]/Regular/Reliable)<ref name=hslioap105>''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)'', p. 105</ref>
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:; First Battalion : CO: [[Major]] Amira Keng
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:Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on [[St. Andre]]. <ref name=HLCC> House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p.105  </ref>
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===3145===
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'''Fifth Capellan Chargers''' (Regular/Reliable)(65% Strength)<ref name=FM:3145p44/>
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* CO: ''Sang-shao'' Chunfu Novoselec
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'''Third Capellan Gryphons''' (Green/Reliable)(75% Strength)<ref name=FM:3145p44/>
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* CO: ''[[Kong-zhong-shao]]'' Mai Ho Hui
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'''Second Armored Charioteers''' (Regular/Reliable)(80% Strength)<ref name=FM:3145p44/>
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* CO: ''[[Zhong-shao]]'' Garlen Lepine
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'''Gamma Phalanx''' (Green/Questionable)(80% Strength)<ref name=FM:3145p44/>
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* CO: ''Zhong-shao'' Wai Ho Tang
  
===Composition===
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Notes:
Primary BattleMech unit. Consisting of primary [[Goliath]] & [[Thunderbolt]] BattleMechs.<ref>''House Liao (the Capellan Confederation)'' Cochraine's Goliaths bio - Primary BattleMechs</ref>
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:The unit had an "A" Equipment Rating. They had numerous assault 'Mechs, ''[[Assassin]]''s and ''[[Firebee]]''s.<ref name=FM:3145p29>''Field Manual: 3145'', p. 29, "Sian Commonality"</ref> They were an [[Augmented Regiment]].<ref name=FM:3145p27/>
  
===Notes===
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==Notes==
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
*[[House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)]]
 
*[[Warrior: Riposte]] (novel)
 
*[[NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1]]
 
 
<references />
 
<references />
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==Bibliography==
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* ''[[Field Manual: 3145]]''
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* ''[[First Succession War (Source Book)|First Succession War]]''
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* ''[[House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)]]''
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* ''[[NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1]]''
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* ''[[Warrior: Riposte]]'' (novel)
  
 
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Insignia of the Capellan Chargers
Fifth Capellan Chargers
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Cochraine's Goliaths / The Colossus
Parent Formation Capellan Chargers (2805)
St. Ives Armored Cavalry (2990)
Capellan Chargers (3145)
Formed 2805[1]
3134-3144[2]
Disbanded 2812[3]
3028

History[edit]

The Fifth Capellan Chargers Regiment was founded in 2805 at the height of the First Succession War.[1]

First Succession War[edit]

The Fifth Capellan Chargers participated in a multi-regimental task force attempting to retake the former Liao world of Chesterton in 2812.[1][4] This represented the last major effort by the CCAF to recapture Chesterton during the First Succession War. Deployed alongside the Fifth were the First and Second Ariana Fusiliers, Vincent's Commandos and a similar number of regiments of infantry and armor in support. The Maskirovka went to some lengths to try and conceal the intended target of this force, even to the extent that the rank-and-file troops within each unit didn't know where they were going. Unfortunately for the CCAF a mole within the Maskirovka learned of the plan and informed the Federated Suns' MIIO a few days before the task force set off.[4]

The task force ships found no notable AFFS naval presence in the Chesterton system, with minimal communications activity on the ground; the burn into orbit was only opposed by a handful of aerospace fighters, launched from one of Chesterton's moons. Everything gave the impression that the CCAF task force had achieved total surprise, and the defenses on the ground were so light that the two regiments of the Ariana Fusiliers were able to land at the empty spaceport located just outside Chesterton City, the planetary capital. It was only after the two regiments began disembarking from their DropShips that the AFFS defenders revealed their true strength, with two regiments from the Crucis Lancers brigade[4], the Third and Fifth[1], accompanied by the mercenary unit Belinda's Irregulars emerging from cover along with a number of supporting units and launched themselves at the disorganized CCAF troops at the spaceport. The opening skirmish began chaotically, and by the time the Lancers began pushing forward the two regiments of Ariana Fusiliers had already lost two battalions of 'Mechs.[4]

Despite the battle being fought outside Chesterton City, Vincent's Commandos pushed ahead with their landing at Tristram while the Fifth Capellan Chargers landed at Swansea, two heavily industrialized cities, only for similar ambushes to occur. With supporting AFFS forces smashing into both Capellan regiments as they attempted to unload from their DropShips. All four Capellan regiments fortified their positions, but after three days of battle it became clear that the task force no longer had the strength needed to defeat the defending AFFS forces. More than a regiment of 'Mechs had been lost in total, with a similar number of MechWarriors killed, before the task force was given the order to withdraw; by the time the surviving CCAF forces managed to escape, only two 'Mech battalions out of the twelve that had landed were intact, and the Fifth Capellan Chargers had been destroyed as a combat unit.[4][1]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 2990 Colonel Fiona Cochraine took command of the newly reactivated unit which was re-equipped with 'Mechs found in a Star League repair depot on Tantara. Through this long-lost depot, found under an arctic ice shelf, the unit gained the Confederation's only allotment of Goliath BattleMechs.[5] The Goliaths saw action prior to the Fourth Succession War only a single time because Chancellor Maximilian Liao did not want to commit the rare Goliath-filled force unless absolutely necessary. In 3005 the unit finally saw action in defense of Indicass against elements of the Ceti Hussars. There the Goliaths destroyed two companies of Davion Wolverine and Ostroc 'Mechs, causing the Hussars to retreat.[5]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

At the outbreak of the Fourth Succession War the Goliaths were the target of a planetary assault while garrisoning St. Andre on August 20th, 3028. The attacking Davion Light Guards were scattered because of heavy Aerospace fighter cover and their Second Battalion was unable to land.[6] The Goliaths pushed the Light Guards' First Battalion out of position by forcing the mixed light and medium ‘Mechs to stay away from their longer-ranged weapons. The command company of the Goliaths was attacked from the rear by a reinforced (double-sized) company of Light Guard 'Mechs. Delta Company, led by Captain Andrew Redburn, hot-dropped behind the Goliaths' lines and attacked the larger 'Mechs from the rear. The Goliaths, armed with primarily long-range weapons, were unable to fight back effectively when the lighter 'Mechs closed to within short-range. Colonel Cochraine was killed when Captain Redburn resorted to a Death from Above attack while two lances worth of his troops concentrated fire on the stubborn Assault 'Mech.[7]

The Goliaths fell into disarray and the Guards' First Battalion pushed into the battle line leading to the destruction of Cochraine’s Goliaths.[8]

The Dark Age[edit]

The Fifth Capellan Chargers was reformed sometime during Operation GREAT FLOOD as one of the Hidden Lion regiments resurrected by Chancellor Daoshen Liao using stockpiled equipment. They received nearly all the assault BattleMechs allotted for the Capellan Chargers brigade and has thus become one of the heaviest regiments in the CCAF.[2] The regiment was reformed sometime between 3134 and 3144. They were an assault regiment made up of fresh academy graduates by 3145.[2] The Fifth Capellan Chargers were a front-line regiment of the Capella Commonality.[9] The new Capellan Chargers used the Augmented Regiment formations commonly found in the CCAF by 3145.[10] They were a front-line regiment of the Capella Commonality.[9]

Operation CELESTIAL REWARD[edit]

The Fifth Capellan Chargers did not participate in Operation CELESTIAL REWARD. They were stationed on Capella as its garrison.[2]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Cochraine's Goliaths
Colonel Fiona Yare Cochraine 3025[8]
Sang-shao Chunfu Novoselec 3145[11]

Tactics[edit]

3145[edit]

The regiment has no stated specialized abilities.[2]

Unit Emblem[edit]

3025[edit]

A stylized castle on a white field.

3145[edit]

The outline of a man standing astride a flaming sun.[2]

Composition History[edit]

2805[edit]

Fifth Capellan Chargers (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[3]

- At this point in time the Fifth was a heavy-weight unit.[3]The unit was destroyed during the war. [3]

3025[edit]

Cochraine's Goliaths (1 Battalion/Regular/Reliable)[12]

First Battalion 
CO: Major Amira Keng
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on St. Andre. [13]

3145[edit]

Fifth Capellan Chargers (Regular/Reliable)(65% Strength)[11]

  • CO: Sang-shao Chunfu Novoselec

Third Capellan Gryphons (Green/Reliable)(75% Strength)[11]

Second Armored Charioteers (Regular/Reliable)(80% Strength)[11]

Gamma Phalanx (Green/Questionable)(80% Strength)[11]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Wai Ho Tang

Notes:

The unit had an "A" Equipment Rating. They had numerous assault 'Mechs, Assassins and Firebees.[14] They were an Augmented Regiment.[10]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation, p. 47, “Proffered Hand”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Field Manual: 3145, p. 34, "Fifth Capellan Chargers"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 First Succession War, p. 135, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces (CCAF)"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 First Succession War, p. 97, "Liao's Last Play: The Battle for Chesterton"
  5. 5.0 5.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation, p. 90, “Cochrain’s Goliaths, History”
  6. Warrior: Riposte, pp. 240-241 - "Captain Redburn receives reports of fighting on St. Andre prior to dropping".
  7. Warrior: Riposte, pp. 244-245 - "Colonel Cochraine's Goliath is attacked and finally killed by Delta Company".
  8. 8.0 8.1 Warrior: Riposte, pp. 253-254, "First Prince Hanse Davion receives after-action report of Delta Company's attack on Cochraine's Goliaths".
  9. 9.0 9.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 28, "THE NEW OLD-FASHIONED WAY"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 27, "General Review"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 44, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3145"
  12. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 105
  13. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p.105
  14. Field Manual: 3145, p. 29, "Sian Commonality"

Bibliography[edit]