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Irwin Tyrell

Irwin Tyrell
Died 3067
Affiliation Wolf's Dragoons
Profession Colonel

Irwin Tyrell (died 3067) was a mercenary officer in service to Wolf's Dragoons who eventually rose to the command of Gamma Regiment.

Personal HistoryEdit

Early Life and CareerEdit

As was the case with most of the "original" Dragoons, little is known of Tyrell’s early life. It is highly likely he was born on the Clan Homeworlds, almost certainly a freeborn birth. At some point, he would have been chosen to join Wolf's Dragoons, who were performing reconnaissance for the Clans in the Inner Sphere.

As of the Battle of Misery, Tyrell held the rank of Sergeant, and served in the Fire Lance of Booth's Company in Gamma Regiment's Able Battalion. [1] Tyrell's 'Mech, a Wolverine, was destroyed on Misery, and he was assigned a Cataphract, along with a posting to the Command Lance of Gamma's Second Provisional Company. During the fighting on Harrow's Sun, Tyrell was wounded and his Cataphract was badly damaged. Tyrell nevertheless returned to action for the Battle of Crossing, where his 'Mech was destroyed in the fighting. [2]

Rebuilding Gamma RegimentEdit

After Gamma Regiment was nearly destroyed backing Elson's Challenge in 3055, their then-commander, Neil Parella, disappeared from Outreach. Gamma's future appeared very much in doubt before Tyrell, who was by now a veteran officer, took up the challenge of rebuilding the once-proud command. Tyrell made several bold moves to ensure that he would rebuild not only Gamma's personnel and abilities, but their morale as well. All three of the battalion commanders he selected were former Clan Bondsmen taken on Luthien a few years earlier. Tyrell built a temporary boot camp outside Harlech City on Outreach, where Gamma personnel endured a regiment of calisthetics, marching drills and instruction in the Dragoons' Remembrance. Through all this, Tyrell instilled in his men and women a new sense of purpose and unity. When they began combat training, Gamma adopted a new dark-blue color scheme for its equipment. Tyrell worked to build Gamma Regiment into a command that could fight long campaigns with minimal support. Although back to full-strength on paper, Tyrell declined to form a separate Command Unit, preferring to attach himself to his troops as needed. [3][4][5][6][7]


In 3058, Tyrell and Gamma Regiment received their first true test as they, along with Delta Regiment, were contracted by the Lyran Alliance to help meet the threat of Clan Jade Falcon's incursions into Lyran space. The two Dragoon regiments were joined by the 71st Light Horse Regiment of the Eridani Light Horse, the Waco Rangers and the Crazy Eights to form the Coventry Expeditionary Force, a grouping of crack mercenaries whom it was hoped would be able to stop the Falcons advance at Coventry. On 5 April, the CEF made planet-fall on the besieged planet. [8][9][10][11]

On 15 April, Tyrell met with the other CEF commanders at their headquarters in Leitnerton. There, he met Leftenant General Judith Niemeyer of the Coventry Militia and Hauptmann Caradoc Trevena of the Tenth Skye Rangers, who had effectively been leading the remaining LAAF on Coventry prior to the CEF's arrival. Tyrell rebuked Colonel Wayne Rogers of the Waco Rangers for his attitude towards Trevena, pointing out that the LAAF officer was more than qualified. [12]

By 5 June, losses to the CEF forces were mounting. Tyrell's Gamma Regiment, perhaps because of their supporting role, was still at regimental strength on paper in terms of personnel but was down significant amounts of operational equipment. [13]

The operation on Coventry finally to an end on 16 June when Falcon Khan Marthe Pryde accepted hegira. [14]

Back in ServiceEdit

It took Gamma Regiment some time to recover from the damage it took on Coventry, but by 3061, they were serving as the Dragoons' main Opposing Force for training at the Outback on Outreach. For the next several years, Gamma Regiment became one of the best-trained commands in existence, equally skilled at employing Clan or Inner Sphere tactics. In addition to their fellow Dragoons, Gamma Regiment also trained against trusted Allied Mercenary Command allies such as Lindon's Battalion. [15] By the time they took the field again, Tyrell's Gammas had been expanded, with their armored, Elemental and Aerospace contingents each expanded to a full regiment. [16]

In early 3067, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao of the Capellan Confederation contracted the Dragoons to garrison Tikonov, which he had recently seized control over. The Dragoons deployed Gamma with two of their WarShips - the WDWS Athena and the WDWS Beowulf - to break the blockade that had been put in place by Duke George Hasek of the Capellan March. With their WarShips, accompanying assault DropShips and screen of AeroSpace fighters, the AFFS navy realized it would have been futile to have opposed Gamma's landings. By September, House Davion had completely withdrawn from the Tikonov system. [17][18]

Gamma relieved the First St. Ives Lancers, who had been on-planet since the end of the FedCom Civil War under the command of Kai Allard-Liao. [19]

As of 1 October, 3067, Tyrell continued to command Gamma Brigade from Tikonov. The unit could claim a veteran rating, and with its support commands, was effectively at 140 percent strength with 100 percent of their equipment being considered Clan-quality. [20]

The Dawn of the JihadEdit

On 15 October, 3067, rogue mercenaries led by Colonel Wayne Waco launched a surprise attack on Harlech on Outreach at what was effectively the beginning of the Word of Blake Jihad. During the fighting, Epsilon Regiment and most of the Home Guard ground forces were effectively destroyed, while Zeta Battalion, the Wolf Spider Battalion and Beta Regiment all took heavy damage before eliminating the rogue mercenaries. Jaime Wolf himself was killed while slaying Wayne Waco. Wolfnet intelligence soon concluded the attacks, thereafter known as First Harlech, had been sponsored by the Word of Blake in response to Dragoon opposition to the Blakist expansion in the Chaos March. [21]

On 20 November, General Maeve Wolf activated the termination clause on Gamma Regiment's contract with House Liao. Tyrell and Gamma quickly departed Tikonov to help recovery efforts and to take command of the defense. [22] Tyrell took command of Outreach's defenses upon his arrival on planet, rebuilding their defenses around Gamma Brigade, the still-recovering Wolf Spiders, the rememnants of the Dragoons' Home Guard forces who had not already been absorbed into other units, the First Dismal Disinherited and the Broadsword Legion. He then ordered all non-AMC units to leave planet in anticipation of a Blakist counterattack for the AMC's failed strike against Mars. [23]

On 20 December, the Word of Blake attacked with their Sixth and Tenth Divisions, escorted by a fleet of WarShips armed with nuclear weapons. The Blakists crushed Outreach's orbital defenses, them landed their forces in and around Harlech. Gamma and the Dismal Disinherited held the line while the Wolf Spiders and Broadsword Legion flanked the Blakists, striking their rear. The battle was going well for the Dragoons and their allies when the Broadsword Legion turned traitor, destroying most of the Wolf Spiders and joining with the Word of Blake troops. The AMC forces continued to hold out, however, as General Maeve Wolf arrived with Alpha Brigade, quickly throwing the Word back on the defensive. Seeing that the battle was slipping away from them, the Blakists ordered a nuclear bombardment of Outreach. With the Dismal Disinherited destroyed and the Dragoons taking devastating casualties, General Wolf ordered a retreat on 28 December. Some surviving elements of Gamma Regiment stayed behind to run a guerilla campaign against the Blakists. Second Harlech would go down as one of the darkest days in the history of the Dragoons. [24]

Although not explicitly stated, it is implicit that Tyrell himself did not survive the events of Second Harlech, as no mention of him is made in the aftermath.

It would be years before Gamma Regiment would be reconstituted.

Personality and TraitsEdit

Affectionately nicknamed "Taskmaster", Tyrell was considered a demanding but fair commander, a staunch disciplinarian who demanded the best of his people and himself and who valued hard work. [25] That Tyrell worked through the enlisted ranks of the Dragoons to eventually reach the position of a regimental commander may be seen as a further testament of his personal dedication. [1] He was physically described as tall and slim, with closely cropped brown hair. [26][27] Prior to the Battle of Misery, Tyrell was already rated an Elite-level MechWarrior. [1]


Preceded by
Neil Parella
Commanding Officer of
Wolf's Dragoons' Gamma Regiment


Succeeded by
None; Unit destroyed


Tyrell piloted a Wolverine up until its destruction on Misey. [1] Afterwards, he employed a Cataphract until it was destroyed on Crossing. [2]


Game NotesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 63, "Gamma Regiment Unit Roster", Irwin Tyrell holds the rank of Sergeant, pilots a Wolverine
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 63, "Gamma Regiment Unit Roster", Irwin Tyrell changes "Mechs and assignment after Misery
  3. Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 116, "Gamma Regiment: Shadow Wolves", Irwin Tyrell convinced the Dragoons High Command to rebuild Gamma
  4. Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 100, "Gamma Regiment: Back to Basics", Tyrell takes his new Gammas to Dragoon boot camp
  5. Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 100, "Gamma Regiment: Back to Basics", Gamma Regiment adopts a new paint scheme
  6. Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 100, "Officers", Tyrell selects three former Clan warriors to lead his battalions
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mercenary's Handbook 3055, p. 42, "Gamma Regiment", Tyrell is listed as a Colonel in command of Gamma Regiment as of 3055
  8. Operational Turning Points: Falcon Incursion, p. 8, "The Falcon's Incursion", details the CEF's arrival on Coventry
  9. Operational Turning Points: Falcon Incursion, p. 11, "Wolf's Dragoons Delta Regiment", Notes - Tyrell is wary of independent operations
  10. Operational Turning Points: Falcon Incursion, p. 11, "Wolf's Dragoons Delta Regiment", Notes - Gamma Regiment is broken up into subunits to reinforce Delta Regiment
  11. The Battle of Coventry (scenario pack), p. 9, "Relief at Last", Gamma Regiment accompanies Delta Regiment to Tharkad and then to Coventry
  12. 12.0 12.1 Malicious Intent (novel), pp. 207-212, Irwin Tyrell joins the other CEF commanders at Leitnerton
  13. Malicious Intent (novel), p. 254, Tyrell's Gamma Regiment is significantly down in operational equipment
  14. Operational Turning Points: Falcon Incursion, p. 8, "The Falcon's Incursion", the Falcons accept Hegira
  15. Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 116, "Gamma Regiment: Shadow Wolves", Gamma Regiment serves as the Dragoons' Opposing Force (OpFor) for training
  16. Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 116, "Gamma Regiment: Shadow Wolves", Gamma Regiments support units are at regimental strength
  17. Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 116, "Gamma Regiment: Shadow Wolves", Gamma Regiment and its escorts break Duke Hasek's blockade at Tikonov
  18. Field Manual: Updates, p. 120, "Recent History: Tikonov", Sun-Tzu Liao hires Gamma Regiment to garrison Tikonov in response to Geoge Hasek's blockade
  19. Field Manual: Updates, p. 29, "St. Ives Armored Cavalry", Gamma Regiment relieves the First St. Ives Lancers
  20. Field Manual: Updates, p. 183, "Mercenary Employment Roster", Gamma Regiment remains based on Tikonov
  21. Dawn of the Jihad pp. 30, 31, "Harlech City Under Siege", First Harlech results in the death of Jaime Wolf
  22. Dawn of the Jihad p. 33, "Dragoons Break Contract", Maeve Wolf calls Tyrell and Gamma Regiment home to Outreach
  23. Dawn of the Jihad p. 36, "Outreach: A Survivor's Account", Tyrell takes command on Outreach
  24. Dawn of the Jihad p. 36, "Outreach: A Survivor's Account", Second Harlech results in the Dragoons' retreating off Outreach
  25. Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 116, "Officers", Irwin "Taskmaster" Tyrell is described in detail
  26. Malicious Intent (novel), p. 208, Irwin Tyrell is described as tall and slim
  27. Malicious Intent (novel), p. 211, Irwin Tyrell is described as having cropped brown hair