Battalion Speciale 1 - The "Sun Swords"

Davion Mission Battalion

Description:

Battalion Speciale 1 – Veteran/FanaticalThe “Sun Swords”.

The private army of the _Governor of The District of Guaviare, the Battalion Speciale 1, is a remnant of the Davion occupation of the planet during the Reunification Wars.

Officers : The unit commander is traditionally the Governor of Guaviare, Andre LaPorte. At this time, he has appointed his son, Nicanor as his second-in-command, and he has taken over most of the unit’s day-to-day operations.

Tactics : The Battalion Speciale 1 provides garrison forces for the government buildings in San Jose, and the Palace and residence of the Governor of Guaviare. Furthermore, they engage in constant maneuvers and at the company level, are extremely competent in jungle warfare and limited combined arms. Larger forces, however, rarely work together and the units have no experience in dealing with BattleMechs, though they do train against tanks on occasion.

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Support : The Battalion Speciale 1 is not a typical Sangrian trooper. Though equipped with the plentiful HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifles supplied through Indumil, each soldier is also equipped with a set of surplus Federated Suns uniforms, gloves, boots, packs and combat armor, making them the heaviest regular forces troops available in Sangria (BAR – 3/5/4/3). In addition, most have acquired, and sport various private small arms, knives and machetes. Each platoon has several Infantry Support MGs, making each a heavily armed force to deal with against traditional infantry forces.

For technical support, the Battalion Speciale 1 has a fair number of techs assigned to a central technician’s pool for their maintenance requirements, which also includes several paramedics squads, and a large quantity of transports for logistics. The unit’s administration is maintained by the LaPorte household itself, and has no integral administration staff.

The infantry units employs large numbers of Light Utility Transports to keep them “mobile” or motorized, and to haul each platoon’s MP-75mm Anti-Tank Guns. Several “Hellbender” Jeeps are also scattered throughout the unit for use as command vehicles by its officers. A lance of Wheeled APCs and a lance of Scorpion Light Tanks is attached to the command element to provide heavy combat support of its infantry forces. The Command Company also has access to a Command Van.

The unit also has a dozen (12) Ferret Light Scout VTOLs used in observation of enemy forces. Their crews are well-trained, often fly solo, and have access to ample stocks of remote sensors.

The Battalion Speciale 1 possesses an integral artillery component, with several batteries of Sniper Field Artillery Pieces deployed with each company as an organic support element. In garrison, the units also have access to complete SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifle support at the platoon level.

Battalion Speciale 1

Command Company
Four (4) “Hellbender” Jeeps
One (1) Command Van
Four (4) Wheeled APCs (3 Reg, Grn)
Four (4) Rifle MG “Command” Squads (2 Vet, 2 Reg)
Four (4) Scorpion Light Tanks (Elt, Vet, 2 Reg)
Three (3) Light Utility Transports w/ three (3) Sniper Field Artillery Pieces (2 Vet, Reg)

Technical Support Company
Six (6) “Hellbender” Jeeps
Two (2) “Longhaul” Heavy Tactical Utility Trucks (Fuel Tanker)
Twelve (12) Light Utility Transports
Sixteen (16) Tech Squads (Elite, 10 Vet, 5 Reg)
Four (4) Paramedic Squads (2 Vet, 2 Reg)

Scout Helicopter Company
Twelve (12) Ferret Light Scout VTOLs (2 Elite, 5 Vet, 5 Reg)

_*1st (Motorized) Speciale Infantry Company*_
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
Twelve (12) Light Utility Transports w/ 3 MP-75mm Anti-Tank Guns (3 Reg)
Nine (9) Rifle Infantry Squads (3 Elite, 2 Vet, 3 Reg, Grn)
Three (3) MG Infantry Squads (2 Vet, Reg)
Four (4) Light Utility Transports w/ four (4) Sniper Field Artillery Pieces (Elite, 2 Vet, Reg)

_*2nd (Motorized) Speciale Infantry Company*_
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
Twelve (12) Light Utility Transports w/ 3 MP-75mm Anti-Tank Guns (3 Reg)
Nine (9) Rifle Infantry Squads (2 Vet, 4 Reg, 3 Grn)
Three (3) MG Infantry Squads (2 Vet, Reg)
Four (4) Light Utility Transports w/ four (4) Sniper Field Artillery Pieces (2 Vet, 2 Reg)

_*3rd (Motorized) Speciale Infantry Company*_
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
Twelve (12) Light Utility Transports w/ 3 MP-75mm Anti-Tank Guns (3 Reg)
Nine (9) Rifle Infantry Squads (Elite, 4 Vet, 4 Reg)
Three (3) MG Infantry Squads (Vet, 2 Reg)
Four (4) Light Utility Transports w/ four (4) Sniper Field Artillery Pieces (2 Vet, Reg, Grn)

Bio:

…If the Sangrian Government considers it necessary, the Federated Suns may as an exception leave in Sangria for a limited period of time a precisely limited number of Davion military instructors for the purpose of training the armed forces of Sangria…"Declaration of the Neutrality of Sangria

During the rebuilding efforts of the nation when it declared its independence from the world rule of the Federated Suns occupied the region, then little more than a deep and impenetrable rainforest, and used the terrain to train a force of defensive troops in using the jungles to their advantage. The trainers were older veterans of the conflict, and they quickly settled into a bucolic life in the region.When the Star League fell (around 2750), the troopers had become national citizens of Sangria, and no longer considered themselves Federated Suns citizens.

In 2860, the unit was revitalized by the direct ancestors of the original unit, and taking their original name, became known as “Battalion Speciale 1”. This force was engaged in numerous cyclical uprisings between 2871 and 2877, known as the Guaviare Civil War, during which nearly half the local population was exterminated. The local governor of the time, backed by the _ “Battalion Speciale 1”_, were able to regain control of the government and bring peace to the region.

Maintenance of the unit remained a priority, and despite a poor local economy was well-paid and equipped by the Rodriguez family to keep control of the province from rival clans. The resulting chaos of fifty years ended with the governor of the district, Alfredo Rodriguez becoming the commander of the unit, and using them as his own personal army. His twenty-five year rule led to the tradition of the family head also commanding the unit.

In 2996, the unit XO Andre LaPorte, overthrew the Rodriguez clan during a local coup, and took control of the district, reforming its land ownership laws and making himself Governor. He has ruled undisputed ever since, and his family remains a beloved tyrants who are loved by their troops. As a virtual private army, they are extremely loyal to the LaPorte legacy and will likely fully support Andre’s son when he takes command of the unit in a few years.

Battalion Speciale 1 - The "Sun Swords"

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