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71st Light Horse Regiment

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Insignia of the Eridani Light Horse
71st Light Horse Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 3068)
Nickname "White Horse Regiment"
Parent Formation Eridani Light Horse
Formed unknown
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71st Light Horse Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 2764)
Nickname "White Horse Regiment"
Parent Formation 3rd Regimental Combat Team
Formed unknown

OverviewEdit

The Seventy-First Light Horse Regiment was a part of the original Star League Defense Force. In modern times the unit is part of the famed Eridani Light Horse Mercenary unit.

HistoryEdit

In 2764, the unit was assigned, as a part of the 3rd Regimental Combat Team, XI Corps, Sixteenth Army, to District 3 of the Draconis Combine Military Region, and then transferred to an undisclosed district within the Periphery by 2765.[1][2] The 71st survived the Periphery Uprising and the Hegemony Campaign.[1]

War of 3039Edit

In the War of 3039 the Seventy-first Light Horse was mistakenly left behind on Fellanin II. They faced the 2nd Arkab Legion and the remnants of the 4th Proserpina Hussars.[3]

The Clan InvasionEdit

The AFFC High Command posted the Seventy-first to Kikuyu, directly in the Clan Jade Falcon invasion corridor. The Falcons attacked the world with two Clusters in July 3053, destroying the 71st Light Horse. The 151st and 21st regiments set about rebuilding their sister unit once again. The rebuilding process ended in 3055, and the newly reactivated 71st Light Horse regiment repulsed every subsequent Jade Falcon attack. After facing the Clans for three years, the 71st's experience was put to good use as part of the coalition force that liberated Coventry from the Jade Falcons in 3058.[4]

Trials of PosessionEdit

At the outbreak of the Jihad the 71st Light Horse regiment had taken station at Huntress, being cut off and alone in the Clan Homeworlds, and faced Trials of Possession from many Clans. One of the Trials that Colonel Sandra Barclay received was a challenge from the Clan Goliath Scorpion commander on Huntress for the Lootera complex and all the troops stationed there. Unlike the previous trials the 71st fought, this time they were defeated.[5] The majority of the survivors were taken as abtakha and formed the basis of two new light clusters along with a scattering of Clan Seekers. The remaining personnel of the 71st, primarily the command staff and most talented MechWarriors, were scattered throughout Clan Goliath Scorpion primarily, with a few taken as isorla by other Clans.[6]

OfficersEdit

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 71st Light Horse Regiment
Colonel William Erik Peterson 3012 - 3039[7]
Colonel Sandra Barclay 3060 - 3068[8][6]

TacticsEdit

Unknown.

Composition HistoryEdit

2771Edit

71st Light Horse Regiment (White Horse Regiment)

As an SLDF Light Horse regiment the 71st would have been composed of light to medium vehicles backed up by at least two Recon companies composed of 'Mechs designed for information gathering in addition to any regular 'Mechs within the regiment.[9]

2786Edit

71st Light Horse Regiment (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[10]

During the Beginning of the First Succession War the unit was at 100% strength[10]. The medium weight[10] unit was stationed on Trondheim[10]. They have a contract with the DCMS[10].

2830Edit

71st Light Horse (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [11]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Rochers with an operational readiness of 109 percent. [11]

2864Edit

71st Light Horse (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [11]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Tamarind with an operational readiness of 45 percent. [11]

3025Edit

71st Light Horse Regiment (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [12]

HQ Company (Petersen's Own)[7][13]
11th Recon Battalion (Alley Cats)[7][13]
Command Lance: Valkyrie, Shadow Hawk, Stinger, Javelin, Long Tom Artillery Piece
3rd Recon Company (Slashers)
10th Recon Company (Wagner's Company)
11th Recon Company (Macomber's Unicorns)
17th Recon Battalion (Screaming Eagles)[7][13]
Command Lance (McCracken's Highlanders): Awesome, Orion, JagerMech, Archer, 2 Sniper Artillery Pieces
14th Recon Company
16th Recon Company (Hayney's Chargers)
  • Command Lance: 2 Wolverines, Clint, Vulcan,
  • Strike Lance: Spider, Firestarter, Griffin, Wasp, 2 Galleons
  • Air Lance: 2 Corsairs
  • Recon Lance: Swiftwind, Locust, Packrat, Jump Infantry Squad (Rifle)
101st Air Cavalry (McCauley's High Flyers)
82nd Heavy Cavalry Battalion (Kerensky's Favorite)[7][13]
Command Lance (Bodyguards): BattleMaster, Grasshopper, Warhammer, Marauder, 2 Long Tom Artillery Pieces
41st Support Company (Ass Extractors)
  • Command Lance: Thunderbolt, JagerMech, Crusader, Phoenix Hawk
  • Strike Lance: Valkyrie, Commando, 2 Sparrowhawks
  • Support Lance: Demolisher, 3 Long Tom Artillery Pieces
81st Tank Company (Weldman's Wildmen)
12th Motorized Infantry Company (Kingpins)
  • Alpha Platoon: 4 Motorized Infantry squads (Laser)
  • Bravo Platoon: 4 Motorized Infantry squads (Laser)
  • Charlie Platoon: 4 Motorized Infantry squads (Laser)
  • Delta Platoon: 4 Motorized Infantry squads (Laser)
4th Heavy Assault Company (Oliphant's Elephants)
  • Command Lance: Banshee, Stalker, Warhammer, Awesome
  • Strike Lance: Marauder, 2 Archers, Grasshopper
  • Recon Lance: Thunderbolt, Warhammer, Dervish, Phoenix Hawk
  • Air Lance: 2 Sholagars
6th Heavy Assault Company (Reinbold's Rainbows)
  • Command Lance: Cyclops, 2 Orions, Crusader
  • Strike Lance: Catapult, Awesome, Warhammer, Archer
  • Recon Lance: Wolverine, Marauder, Griffin, Enforce
  • Air Lance: 2 Eagles
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Colchester. [13]

3040Edit

71st Light Horse Regiment (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[14]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Saiph. [14]

3050Edit

71st Light Horse (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [15]

  • CO: Colonel Cleveland Alfieri [15]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Saiph. [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Star League, p. 149, "Sixteenth Army"
  2. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 190
  3. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 295
  4. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 88
  5. Blake Ascending, p. 288
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wars of Reaving, p. 191-192, "Ariel Suvorov"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Mercenary's Handbook p.72
  8. Sword and Fire, p. 59, "Mentioned Barcley as being commander of 71st and having TDS"
  9. The Star League, p. 133
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Field Manual: SLDF ,p.138
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 98
  12. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 147
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 138
  14. 14.0 14.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 140 >Historical: War of 3039, p. 140
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 20 Year Update, p. 24

BibliographyEdit