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Nineteenth Arcturan Guards
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname Archon's Armor[1]
Puma
Parent Formation Arcturan Guards
Formed Unknown

HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

The Nineteenth Arcturan Guards was founded after the initial founding of the Arcturan Guards brigade, and in common with the later-founded regiments, did not bear a name based upon a Muse from mythology.[1]

Star League EraEdit

Like the other regiments of the Arcturan Guard, the Nineteenth struggled with boredom and ennui during the closing years of the Star League era; the Star League Defense Force acted as an effective deterrent in the main, making large-scale military deployments for the Nineteenth a rarity, and leaving the regiment to occupy itself with training exercises and garrison duty.[1]

In 2765 the Nineteenth was deployed to secure Al Jafr during Operation CATALOG, a wide-scale crackdown on corruption and interstellar criminal gangs within the Lyran Commonwealth. The Ninteenth faced a stiff fight, as the criminal gangs were operating a puppet government on the planet and had secured a number of BattleMechs - far more 'Mechs than the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces had anticipated, and 'Mechs which it was presumed had been acquired from illicit sources in the Rim Worlds Republic. The Nineteenth also faced problems internally - the rebel forces successfully managed to convinced two dozen MechWarriors to turn against the rest of the regiment, either by misleading or bribing them, adding the problem of fratricidal conflict to the campaign.[1]

The Nineteenth was still waiting for replacements to allow it to rebuild in 2765, and was generally discontented with the presence of the Khan Dragoons on Al Jafr. The Dragoons had been deployed by Margrave Lionel Khan, officially to bolster the defenses on Al Jafr, but the Nineteenth believed that the Dragoons were there more to watch the Guards than to support them. The deployment of the Dragoons may well have been to keep a watching eye on the Nineteenth, given that many reports of the Guards resorting to savage tactics such as burning entire villages to try and smoke out rebels and criminals during the fight for control of the planet.[1]

Third Succession WarEdit

The Nineteenth Arcturan Guards was one of the LCAF's most prestigious units before a series of encounters with DCMS troops in the 2900's shattered the unit. New troops were transferred in, but these replacements were mostly the sons of wealthy industrialists and nobles. These "social officers" were uninterested in anything beyond the proud history of the unit, and performance continued to decline.

Fourth Succession WarEdit

During the Fourth Succession War the Nineteenth was used for cleanup and garrison duties. In fact they only faced one Combine unit directly: The Fifth Rasalhague Regulars and the Nineteenth clashed on Jabuka. This minor skirmish did little to improve their skills.[2] The Nineteenth's Commanding Officer, Leutnant-Colonel Yvonne Deltra, won a minor skirmish against the Fifth, prompting an extreme response from General Hichi Kanuchiwan; shocked and shamed by his defeat at the hands of a Lyran woman, Kanuchiwan committed seppuku. This left his Executive Officer commanding the Fifth; unfortunately for the Fifth, Kanuchiwan's XO was a poor tactician, and within a week the Nineteenth had forced the Fifth to abandon Jabuka.[3]

Following the conquest of Jabuka the Nineteenth went into action in both the exploitation phase of Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG and the final wave of attacks in late 3028.[4] Following the order from Archon Katrina Steiner to begin the exploitation phase, given on the 21st of October,[5] the Nineteenth struck at Tukayyid, before moving on to hit Dehgolan in the third and final wave of attacks.[4]

For most of the mid-31st Century the Nineteenth was seen by fellow Arcturan Guards regiments as a unit that was filled with well-meaning individuals who simply weren't good soldiers. The AFFC High Command apparently thought the same thing, posting the unit to Armington[6] on the border between the Federated Suns and the Periphery. In an attempt to change their reputation, the Nineteenth launched an unauthorized attack on the Pirates Haven cluster. Unfortunately the unit was not successful, losing a large amount of supplies and two lances of 'Mechs.

Clan InvasionEdit

In 3054 the Nineteenth was broken up into battalion-sized formations and stationed on multiple worlds. This allowed them to cover a wider area, dissuading pirates. The battalions garrisoned Delavan, Talcott, and Salem.[7]

FedCom Civil WarEdit

During the FedCom Civil War the Nineteenth was stationed on New Avalon. Fiercely loyal to Katherine Steiner-Davion, the Nineteenth fought the Allied forces valiantly, but eventually they were overcome. Barely a third of them survived the fighting.[8]

The JihadEdit

During Operation SCOUR, the liberation of the Word of Blake Protectorate by allied forces assembled into a coalition by Devlin Stone, the 19th served as a part of the command advancing on the Draconis Combine front against the Protectorate. After the 1st New Ivaarsen Chasseurs had been mauled in a Blakist ambush in May 3077, the 19th earned an infamous reputation when the commander of the regiment authorized the use of a tactical nuclear bombardment on the home base of the Styx Protectorate Militia; the bombardment collapsed several mines and destroyed the capital city of Styx, but when confronted over the number of lives lost, the commander of the 19th remarked "they're just Dracs, nobody important."[9] The offhanded words spoken by Leftenant General Lucas Hoffman attracted outrage in the local media, and most likely elsewhere. Casualties from the two tactical nukes detonated as airbursts over the capital city of Styx amounted to at least 15,000 civilians.[10]

OfficersEdit

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 19th Arcturan Guards
Leutnant Colonel Yvonne Deltra 3025[11]
Leutnant-General Jadwiga Poole 3050[6]
Leutnant-General Gloria Bishop 3062[2]
Leutnant-General Lucas Hoffman 3077

TacticsEdit

The social structure of the regiment's commanders hampers the ability of the unit to fight in large scale battles. Individual soldiers have excellent skills and function well in small engagements.[2]

Composition HistoryEdit

2765Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[12]

- At this point in time the Nineteenth were stationed on Al Jafr.[12]

2786 - 2821Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Regular/Questionable) [13]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Al Jafr. In 2821 the command was reduced to 41 percent of its strength and was deployed on Al Jafr. [13]

2830Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [14]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Al Jafr with an operational readiness of 80 percent. [14]

2864Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [14]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Dixie with an operational readiness of 22 percent. [14]

3025Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[11]

CO: Leutnant Colonel Yvonne Deltra
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Rasalgethi.

3040Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[15]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Rasalgethi. [15]

3050Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Green/Questionable) [16]

  • CO: Leftenant General Jadwiga Poole [16]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Armington. [16]

3054Edit

19th arcturan Guards (Regiment/Green/Questionable) [17]

  • CO: Leftenant General Jadwiga Poole [17]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Delavan, Talcott and also Salem. [17]

3062Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Green/Questionable)[2]
CO: Leutnant General Gloria Bishop
Aide: Kommandant Victor Goldstein

27th Arcturan Air Wing (1 Wing/Green/Questionable)[2]
CO: Kommandant Ruth Codari

3067Edit

19th Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Regular/Questionable)
CO: Leutnant General Gloria Bishop
The 'Mech unit was reduced to a third of its nominal strength.
Note: Advanced IS technology: 65 percent | Omnis: 10 percent [18]

27th Arcturan Air Wing (1 Wing/Regular/Questionable)[18]
CO: Kommandant Ruth Codari
Note: Advanced IS technology: 30 percent

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Field Report: Lyran Commonwealth 2765, p. 8-9, "Arcturan Guards"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 58, "19th Arcturan Guards Unit Profile"
  3. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 51, "Other Early Action"
  4. 4.0 4.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 44-45, "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 59, "Follow-up Invasions"
  6. 6.0 6.1 20 Year Update, p. 22
  7. Objective Raids, p. 15
  8. Field Manual: Updates, p. 168
  9. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 57, "The Jihad In Review"
  10. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 31-32, "Outrage"
  11. 11.0 11.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Field Report: Lyran Commonwealth 2765, p. 9, "Regimental Status"
  13. 13.0 13.1 ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 139
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 99
  15. 15.0 15.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 137
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 20 Year Update, p. 22
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Objective Raids, p. 15
  18. 18.0 18.1 Field Manual: Updates p.178

BibliographyEdit