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Talons of the Archon
(17th Vanguard Division)

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Active: 1696 AN – present

Allegiance:

Personnel:

Type:

Nickname: Furious Talons

Current Commander: Daniyal ibn Daniyal

Formation and recruitment

Organisation

Leadership

Commandants:

  1. Royston Anders (32.XV.1696 AN – 23.VI.1703 AN)
  2. Daniyal ibn Daniyal Simrani-Kalirion (24.VI.1703 AN – )

Composition

Order of battle

Land component

The land component, consisting of Cedrist and Humanist volunteers ideologically motivated to support the Kildari in a revolt against Jing rule, was the first element of the Talons, in the guise of the 17th Vanguard Division, to be formed. Tasked primarily with defending and securing Port Nevermore as a conduit for supplies smuggled via Mirk Bay from Arboria, the Talons established forward operating bases further inland so as to support rebel operations against Jing loyalist formations pinned against the Arboreal frontier and to provide advisory and material support to the chaotic mass of Kildari warbands.

The influence of the Black Legions upon the pattern of the forces the Talons put into the field was noticeable from the outset, both doctrinally and in terms of equipment.

Unit Commander Establishment Garrison
Headquarters Echelon
17th Command Demi-Regiment Frainan Uihmanzis Poria Kalantar
Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
17th Control Demi-Regiment Salbnan Cyrus Namvari
17th/1st Demi-Brigade
171st Motorised Infantry Regiment Salbnan Sepehr Moneri
  • Officers – 42
  • NCOs – 201
  • Other Ranks – 966
Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
171st Light Infantry Regiment Ahmst Bræþstranin Aref Khademi
17th/2nd Demi-Brigade
172nd Motorised Infantry Regiment Salbnan Aryasp Bhura
  • Officers – 42
  • NCOs – 201
  • Other Ranks – 966
Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
172nd Light Infantry Regiment Ahmst Bræþstranin Bazur Kiamanesh
Pilgrimage of Grace
1st Penitent Brigade Salbnan Gisilfrid Kempf
  • 82mm mortar – 36
  • Hornet recoilless anti-tank rifle – 132
  • Polybolos heavy machine-gun(12.7×99mm) – 36
  • Waspsting man-portable air defence system – 42
  • Support Vehicles – 840
Port Nevermore, Dutchy of Kildare
2nd Penitent Brigade Salbnan Hardmod Geissler
  • 82mm mortar – 36
  • Hornet recoilless anti-tank rifle – 132
  • Polybolos heavy machine-gun(12.7×99mm) – 36
  • Waspsting man-portable air defence system – 42
  • Support Vehicles – 840
Port Nevermore, Dutchy of Kildare
3rd Penitent Brigade Salbnan Alberich Tanzer
  • 82mm mortar – 36
  • Hornet recoilless anti-tank rifle – 132
  • Polybolos heavy machine-gun(12.7×99mm) – 36
  • Waspsting man-portable air defence system – 42
  • Support Vehicles – 840
Port Nevermore, Dutchy of Kildare
Force Support Echelon
17th Area Defence Group Commander S. Fang
Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
17th Depot Group Ahmst Bræþstranin Tjeerd Schmitt
17th Supply Train Ahmst Bræþstranin Raimund Atsma

Maritime component

The maritime component of the Talons, being in no way equipped to go head to head with the naval forces of the loyalist Jing fleet contented itself with focusing primarily on operations carried out in the coastal waters of the Mirkdale peninsula and Hyperion Bay. Typically these endeavours revolved around the delivery of material and personnel, the removal of captured technology and persons of interest for evaluation, and the putting ashore of small raiding and sabotage parties.

Aviation component

Established during 1698 AN as repaired captured airframes and new aircraft manufactured by the Kildare Aviation Company were accepted in to service. Providing air support to the various rebel warbands, including the Kildari, Leftists, and anti-Daocheng cliques became one of the primary objectives of the Talons during their contribution to the liberation wars. Following the declaration of the Greater Apollonian Empire, the scale of material assistance dramatically increased, under the guise of Operation Deadlift in the final two months of 1698, which saw vast quantities of aircraft, armour, and artillery transferred from Elwynn and the UGB to Arboria. Inevitably, some of this aid found its way into the United Thanedom of Dalmacija where the Talons of the Archons employed pilots and groundcrew contracted via the Honourable Company to form the 1st Kildari Air Wing. Many of those recruited to fly for the Talons were demobilised veterans of the Second Elwynnese Civil War from the UDF, and in some instances their rebel counterparts who proved willing to sign on in preference to continuing to languish in an internment camp awaiting trial.

Unit Commander Establishment Garrison
Headquarters Echelon
Command Demi-Regiment 3 LAC Buladocga Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
Control Demi-Regiment 5 LAC Buladocga Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
Control Demi-Regiment 15 LAC Buladocga Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
Control Demi-Regiment 16 LAC Buladocga Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
Bombardment Group
1st Bombardment Demi-Regiment 28 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
2nd Bombardment Demi-Regiment 31 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
3rd Bombardment Demi-Regiment 34 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
4th Bombardment Demi-Regiment 29 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
5th Bombardment Demi-Regiment 37 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
Communications Group
1st Communications Demi-Regiment 38 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
2nd Communications Demi-Regiment 21 Jan-van-Gent VII Model Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
3rd Communications Demi-Regiment 26 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
4th Communications Demi-Regiment 37 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
5th Communications Demi-Regiment 34 C-11 Mula Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
Pursuit Group
1st Pursuit Demi-Regiment 30 KAC AF-1 Solentan Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
2nd Pursuit Demi-Regiment 22 KAC AF-1 Solentan Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
3rd Pursuit Demi-Regiment 22 KAC AF-1 Solentan Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
4th Pursuit Demi-Regiment 16 Raven IV Model Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
5th Pursuit Demi-Regiment Mirkdale Peninsular, Arboria
1st Kildari Air Wing
101 Tactical Aviation Regimemt Port Nevermore, Dutchy of Kildare
102 Tactical Aviation Regiment
103 Tactical Aviation Regiment

Training and equipment

Combat doctrine

History

Dalmacijan campaign

Post-war