3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion "The Jungle Cats"


3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion – Green/Questionable The “Jungle Cats”

The 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion was organized from recruits garnered from across Sangria, who occupy key command positions, including its command company, and from the large number of conscripted troopers captured during the battle of Islas Brasilera. Its command is controlled by the veteran Coldhearts platoon, who have spent several years as trainers of the recruits in Fort Boomerang, but were mostly former bandits and mercenaries recruited in System – Sligo.

Today, the unit deploys as a security force at the starport in * Duchy of Tharn, protecting the heart of the unit’s newest landhold.

Officers : Major (Brevet) Abelinda Rivera was given command of the unit in early-3026, though she still operated as a liaison officer to The Unforgiven until the unit’s redeployment to System – Gollere. As the unit is primarily a holding garrison force, they tend to have unspectacular officers, who concentrate on the logistics of being an isolated unit, well away from most Iron Dingoes resources and supply sources.

Tactics : The 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion is essentially a typical Iron Dingoes rifle infantry force, raised as a garrison force, and at full strength. The unit has trained in small unit tactics, and has a little experience in defending against small guerrilla forces, having worked closely with the militia from The (Territorial) District of Corazón. They are also trained in simple anti-armor and anti-Mech tactics.

Their primary responsibility is to provide security services, and keep an eye over the Dingoes grounded DropShip fleet. They work closely with the other resources in the nearby communities, and remain both young and increasingly loyal to the unit.


Support : The 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion has been equipped with standard combat armor, helmet, and pulse laser rifle of the Iron Dingoes Infantry Field Kit (3023). As heavy weapons support, each squad deploys a single M56A2 “Smartgun”.

The 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion does not have any attached logistical elements, and depends largely on itself for technical support. As typical rifle infantry, however, they have few needs they cannot resolve themselves.

The lead company has sufficient Tracked APCs and Light Utility Transports to declare that part of the unit “motorized”, but the rest of the unit is only assigned a single “Hellbender” Jeep to each of its command elements, and no other vehicles or heavy weapons systems.

While simple, the unit is equipped with a mobile operating base, including sufficient pre-fabricated facilities to house the entire unit. WHile the base requires access to local electrical networks, it is otherwise portable and self-sufficient, including water purification capabilities. Led by the “Coldhearts” (7th Platoon), it amounts to roughly a battalion of green, but well-equipped soldiers, with some fortifications and defenses, but no armor or other heavy support weapons. This unit has been named the “Jungle Cats”, and its mobile base, “Tramp Station”. Lacking its own integral logistics force, it depends heavily on regular shipments of parts from the Iron Dingoes own supply sources, though as an almost purely foot infantry force, these needs are substantially less than one might expect.

3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion “The Jungle Cats”

Command Platoon
Four (4) “Hellbender” Jeeps
Two (2) Light Utility Transports
Two (2) Heavy Tactical Utility Trucks (Fuel Tanker)
Four (4) Rifle/Administration Squads (4 Reg)

1st Guards (Motorized) Infantry CompanyXXX
7th (Mechanized) Militia Platoon “The Coldhearts”
Four (4) Tracked APCs (2 Vet, 2 Reg)
2 Squads SRM Infantry Militia (Vet, Reg)
2 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Vet)

40th (Motorized) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
Two (2) Light Utility Transports
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Vet, 2 Reg)

54th (Motorized) Militia Platoon “XXX”
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
Two (2) Light Utility Transports
4 Squads Rifle Infantry (Vet, Reg, 2 Green)

2nd Guards Infantry CompanyXXX
25th (Foot) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Vet, 2 Reg)

42nd (Foot) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (Reg, 3 Green)

49th (Foot) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Reg, 2 Green)

3rd Guards Infantry CompanyXXX
36th (Foot) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (Vet, 3 Reg)

45th (Foot) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Reg, 2 Green)

46th (Foot) Militia Platoon XXX
One (1) “Hellbender” Jeep
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Reg, 2 Green)


In early-3025, the Iron Dingoes increased their holding force in * Landhold : Hellas, and established a forward military base at the Puentecillo Border Crossing, effectively creating this unit. In late-3025, the unit was designated the 3rd Battalion, but otherwise remained the same.

In early-3026 the unit came under the official command of Major (Brevet) Abelinda Rivera, and she is looking to recruiting a small technical support force for her own needs in the long-run. Following the defeat of the Army of New Patagonia, the unit’s purpose was removed, and within days, the entire battalion was pulled from duty on the border and evacuated off-world aboard the “Spearhead”, for a then unknown reason.

Late on March 2nd, 3026, the unit was landed at the recently captured starport in * Duchy of Tharn, and immediately took over security duties of the facility. Today, they are assigned the protection of the complex as well as providing outer defensive screens for the Iron Dingoes DropShip fleet while it is based out of the complex.

On March 5th, 3026, the unit deployed several platoons of its force to assert and maintain * “The Iron Dingoes” control over both * Lanseal Royal Military Academy and * Manticora : Tharn Central Munitions, while the bulk of its force remains at Rejhappur Starport. The 3rd Guards were deployed as the lead force for * Iron Dingoes Guards “The Lantern Corps”, until that unit was rebuilt and thereafter served as a support unit, until it was rotated off-world back to System – Dumassas in September, 3026. The unit then stayed in cantonments for a year, supporting the changes occurring as the unit assimilated its latest off-world territories.

The unit continues to take a six-month tour of duty every two years, switching with the various Iron Dingoes infantry support battalions, in an effort to maintain its combat readiness.

3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion "The Jungle Cats"

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