Confederation Reserve Cavalry

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Confederation Reserve Cavalry
Affiliation Capellan Confederation
Parent Command Capellan Confederation Armed Forces
Sub-Command(s) 1st Confederation Reserve Cavalry
2nd Confederation Reserve Cavalry
3rd Confederation Reserve Cavalry
4th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
5th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
6th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
7th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
8th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
9th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
10th Confederation Reserve Cavalry
11th Confederation Reserve Cavalry

The Confederation Reserve Cavalry, the reserve force of the Sian Commonality, has a proud history of service to the Capellan Confederation.[1]


The Confederation Reserve Cavalry were formed prior to the fall of the Star League. At their inception they were equipped as well as a front line CCAF force, but they were staffed by new graduates, volunteers, and other less-experienced troops. The Strategios planned to use troops from the CRC to fill gaps in front-line forces, and the CRC's colonels were ordered to put their forces under the command of any more-experienced units and commanders who they fought alongside. This allowed the CRC's troops to gain experience while serving the goals of the Confederation. The First through Seventh CRC were formed prior to 2765.[2]

As of 3025 there were five regiments of various strengths listed[3] but Hurloc's Hussars is listed as being formed as the 7th Confederation Reserve Cavalry.[4]

Whether or not the other regiments initially had other designation is unknown. Only two regiments survived the Fourth Succession War[5] although it is also stated that there were originally five regiments, not seven.

Fourth Succession War

Prior to the Fourth Succession War the Confederation Reserve Cavalry regiments were broken up into battalion sized commands and used to reinforce strategic targets. During the Federated Suns invasion of the Confederation, these battalion sized commands were frequently surrounded by large number of AFFS troops and forced to surrender or they were destroyed.[6] Several of these commands engaged the invaders in a guerrilla war before they were destroyed however.[7] The few commands that escaped were dramatically understrength and when later used to counterattack the Federated Suns, they again had little choice but to surrender or fight to the death.[8]

In the reorganization after the Fourth Succession War the Reserve Cavalry became mobile forces stationed in one commonality and rotated between planets. Even then they occasionally transferred from one commonality to another.[5][9]

Xin Sheng

Rebuilt from the ashes and fielding five regiments the units had the opportunity to developed strategies and could familiarize themselves with the planets they defended. The exchange of information and experiences have improved the skills of the units too. They field a other indirect role also, because the commands receive their orders from the Strategios and not the local jiang-jun.

In the recent conflict with the former St. Ives they proved their worth in face of enemies with equal skills.


During the Jihad the reserve forces took a significantly larger role in aggressive action and uniformly brought honor to the regimental colors although the Second was destroyed. The surviving Confederation Reserve Cavalry units then took up garrison stations across the Confederation.[10] Described as having given solid, if unspectacular, service during the Jihad, the Reserve Cavalry had effectively acted as a second-line formation, working in support of commands such as the Capellan Hussars.[11]

The Confederation Reserve Cavalry fought off many of the AFFS best commands during Operation SOVEREIGN JUSTICE and the battles of the Jihad. After the Treaty of Tikonov and the creation of the Republic of the Sphere the Confederation Reserve Cavalry units were transferred to the Confederation/Republic border.[12]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Confederation Reserve Cavalry
Major Romano Liao 3012 - 3023[13]
Colonel Alistair Hayden 3050[14]
Jiang-jun Siona Aterade-Liao [citation needed]

Available Forces

The units field many older, upgraded designs piloted by a mix of new recruits and experienced officers. The regiments are supported by at least 6 companies of tanks, but have fewer infantry as common. The aerospace fighters provide minimal security in the field because of their few numbers. Augmented Lances are not unusual in and provide the CO with some flexibility.

Units of the Confederation Cavalry Reserve


  • The 1st Cavalry was destroyed during the Fourth Succession War.
  • The 2nd Confederation Reserve Cavalry was destroyed on Necromo during Operation Sovereign Justice).[18]
  • The 4th Confederation Reserve Cavalry was destroyed/defected during Fourth Succession War.

Colors and Unit Insignia

The Confederation Reserve Cavalry uses appropriate camouflage in a striped, two-color pattern. They use the Confederation crest backed by a gold-colored field as their insignia aside from a regimental emblem.[15]


  1. Field Report: CCAF, p. 11
  2. Field Report 2765: CCAF, p. 16
  3. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 105: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  4. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 93: "Hurloc's Hussars" - History
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 69: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, pp. 16, 22, 34
  7. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 34
  8. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, pp. 92, 99
  9. Field Manual: Updates, p. 22: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  10. Field Report: CCAF, p. 11: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  11. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 100: "The Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  12. Field Manual: 3085, p. 28
  13. BattleTech: Legends, p. 32
  14. 20 Year Update, pp. 62–63: "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces (CCAF)"
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, pp. 69–74: "Confederation Reserve Cavalry"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 Field Manual: 3085, p. 28
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 Field Manual: 3145, p. 39
  18. Field Report: CCAF, p. 11