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"The Eighty-Sixth Strike Package. An independent mobile strike force that pilots Reginleifs, deployed to suppress the Legion's core locations. In effect, a foreign force composed of the Eighty-Six..." ― Richard Altner.[1]

The Eighty-Sixth Strike Package (第86独立機動打撃群ストライク・パッケージ, Dai-Hachiroku Sutoraiku Pakkēji?) is an independent mobile brigade-sized Feldreß strike force created by the Federal Republic of Giad.

As a foreign armored unit, it is primarily comprised of Eighty-Six Processors from the Republic of San Magnolia, as well as the mercenaries of the Vargus. The Strike Package is made up of two thousand Processors divided into four armored groups equivalent to battalions. Each group is cycled in and out of operational activity, rest, and training. Two groups are active at any given moment.[3]

Background[]

In spite of their successes in reclaiming their former territories, the Federacy had found itself losing a war of attrition against the Legion. Their losses from the war, especially in manpower, had been increasing in an unsustainable rate. The Western Army had lost sixty percent of its forces during the Legion's large-scale offensive alone. Moreover, they no longer had enough regular troops to replace their losses and had been struggling to find more troops. In contrast, the Legion could easily replenish their forces and still maintain their offensive initiative.

To turn the tide of war, the Federacy was forced to reconsider their strategy. The success of Nordlicht Squadron during the operation to eliminate of the Morpho inspired the Federacy High Command to create a special independent unit to launch concentrated attacks on points of strategic interest. Additionally, this unit can be deployed to their allied nations as reinforcements whenever necessary.

Fortunately for the Federacy, they had received a large influx of Eighty-Six veterans joining their war effort following the relief of San Magnolia. Having learnt from Nordlicht Squadron, the Federacy knew it would experience difficulty in integrating the Eighty-Six into regular units due to their conflicting doctrines and cultures. For instance,

  • Unlike Federacy soldiers, The Eighty-Six prioritized engaging the enemy over saving the injured to avoid becoming a easy target for the Legion themselves. Although their choice is a pragmatic one, it horrified many Federacy soldiers and reinforced their belief that the Eighty-Six were berserkers.
  • The Federacy's use of Feldreß is in line with traditional armored warfare, which emphasized direct engagement and heavy armor. The Eighty-Six, however, have developed their own doctrine which discourages a direct confrontation. Instead, they emphasized on using speed and agility to avoid being hit and outmaneuver the Legion. This stark contrast caused difficulties to the cooperation between the two groups. The Federacy's regular forces could not hope to keep up with the Eighty-Six, while the Eighty-Six disliked working with the slower and straightforward Vánagandr.

This was not necessarily a detriment to the Federacy. On the contrary, the battle-hardened and country-less Eighty-Six would be the perfect soldiers for the independent mobile strike force they required.

By the suggestion of the interim President, Ernst Zimmerman, and the commander of the 177th Armored Division, Richard Altner, the Eighty-Sixth Strike Package was thus established as an independent unit of foreign soldiers, separated from Federacy's regular units. Equipped with the highly successful XM2 Reginleif, the Strike Package was designed and organized to be a rapid deployment force able to strike at important Legion installations at a moments notice. The Strike Package was also intended to be a collaborative project between the continent's four powers: the Federal Republic of Giad, the Republic of San Magnolia, the United Kingdom of Roa Gracia, and the Alliance of Wald.[4]

Modus Operandi[]

The Strike Package's manner of operating separates each armored group and sends them to different battlefronts. The two active groups are assigned a nation they are to reinforce, while the other two take their education and rest periods. There are cases where two armored groups collaborate, such as the 1st Armored Group and 2nd Armored Group's tour in the United Kingdom. Currently, there has only been one instance where all four armored groups are brought together, which is during Operation Lorica Sacra.

While the Eighty-Sixth Strike Package is a collaborative effort between the continent's nations, it is still a Federacy unit at its core. Other member nations reserve the right to pull their support should any operation be against their strategic interests or beliefs. An example of this is when the United Kingdom refrained from sending Prince Viktor on the campaign in the Theocracy.

Reception[]

The Strike Package has accrued great achievements during their operations across the continent. Their role is to not only fight crucial battles to cripple the Legion's hold, but also to increase public morale in the process. Despite the reluctance of its members, the Strike Package is seen as a company of tragic heroes by the Federacy, their stories of triumph lift the spirits of the populace.[5]

Achievements[]

  • Annihilation of Legion production sites by all armored groups.
  • Elimination of the Legion Shepherd "Pale Rider" by the Nordlicht Squadron.
  • Seizure of the Charité Underground Labyrinth by the 1st Armored Group.
  • Seizure of the Dragon Fang Mountain by the 1st and 2nd Armored Groups.
  • Capture of the Legion Shepherd "Merciless Queen" by the 1st and 2nd Armored Groups.
  • Elimination of the Legion's control bases in Regicide, including the Mirage Spire, by the 2nd and later 1st Armored Groups.

Chronology[]

Ranks[]

  • Commissioned Officers
    • General (O-10)
    • Lieutenant General (O-9)
    • Major General (O-8)
    • Brigadier General[† 1] (O-7)
    • Colonel (O-6)
    • Lieutenant Colonel (O-5)
    • Major (O-4)
    • Captain (O-3)
    • First Lieutenant (O-2)
    • Second Lieutenant (O-1)
  • Warrant Officers
    • Warrant Officer (W-1)
  • Noncommissioned Officers
    • Master Sergeant (E-6)
    • Sergeant (E-5)
    • Corporal (E-4)
  • Soldiers
    • Private First Class (E-3)
    • Private Second Class (E-2)
    • Private (E-1)
  • Special

Organization[]

Outline[6]:

Strike Package Outline

[Unit/Brigade Commander] Colonel Grethe Wenzel

  • [1st Tactical Commander] Colonel Vladilena Milizé
    • [1st Tactical Branch] - The crew commanding the Armored Control Vehicle "Vanadis".
    • [1st Armored Group]
      • [1st Operations Commander] Captain Shinei Nouzen
      • [1st Deputy Operations Commander] First Lieutenant Raiden Shuga
        • [Headquarters Assigned Squadron "Spearhead"]
          • Captain Shinei Nouzen (Leader) - Alpha leader.
          • First Lieutenant Raiden Shuga (Deputy) - Bravo leader.
          • Second Lieutenant Theoto Rikka - Former Charlie leader. Transferred to a non-combat auxiliary role following the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Tohru - Charlie leader.[8]
          • Second Lieutenant Claude Knot - Delta leader.[8]
          • Second Lieutenant Anju Emma - Echo leader.
          • Second Lieutenant Dustin Jaeger - Echo member.
          • Second Lieutenant Kurena Kukumila - Foxtrot leader.
          • Second Lieutenant Mika - Former Brísingamen member.
          • Second Lieutenant Saki - Colonel Milizé's escort during Operation Lorica Sacra. Former Thunderbolt member.[9]
          • Captain Olivia Aegis - Only as part of the Airborne Battalion.
          • Scavenger Fido
          • Pet TP
        • [Headquarters Defense Squadron "Brísingamen"] - Disbanded and reorganized following the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Shiden Iida (Leader) - Transferred to Nordlicht Squadron.[10]
          • Second Lieutenant Shana Aya (Deputy) - Killed in action during the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Mika - Transferred to Spearhead Squadron.
          • Second Lieutenant Rena - Killed in action during the Charité Operation.[11]
          • Second Lieutenant Alto - Killed in action during the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Sanna - Killed in action during the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Hani - Killed in action during the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Meryo - Killed in action during the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
        • [Third Squadron "Nordlicht"]
        • [Fourth Squadron "Thunderbolt"] - Disbanded and reorganized following the Mirage Spire Operation.[7]
          • Second Lieutenant Yuuto Crow (Leader) - Indefinitely on leave following the Mirage Spire Operation.
          • Second Lieutenant Saki - Transferred to Spearhead Squadron.[9]
        • [Fifth Squadron "Lycaon"]
        • [Sixth Squadron "Phalanx"] - Annihilated during the Charité Operation.[12]
          • Second Lieutenant Taiga Asuha (Leader) - Killed in action during the Charité Operation.[12]
          • Second Lieutenant Aina (Deputy) - Killed in action during the Charité Operation.[12]
        • [Seventh Squadron "Claymore"]
          • Second Lieutenant Rito Oriya (Leader)
          • Second Lieutenant Irina Misa (Deputy) - Killed in action during the Dragon Fang Mountain Operation.[13]
        • [Artillery Squadron "Archer"][14] - Transferred from elsewhere.
        • [Artillery Squadron "Quarrel"] - Transferred from elsewhere.
        • [Advance Squadron "Scythe"] - Transferred from the 2nd Armored Group.[10]
        • [Advance Squadron "Stinger"] - Transferred from elsewhere.
        • [Advance Squadron "Sarissa"] - Transferred from elsewhere.
        • [Advance Squadron "Fulminata"] - Transferred from elsewhere.
        • [Support Teams] - Noncombatant personnel such as maintenance and medical teams.
    • [1st Armored Corps] - A force loaned to the Federacy by the United Kingdom following the success of the Dragon Fang Mountain Operation. Mainly comprised of Barushka Matushka and the Sirin-piloted Alkonost.[15] This force is usually attached to the 1st Armored Group.
      • [Guest Commander] Lieutenant Colonel Viktor Idinarohk
      • [Deputy Guest Commander] Major "Zashya"[5][16]
        • [Staff Officers]
        • Sirin Lerche
        • [Malinovka Company][13]
        • [Unplaced Sirins]
          • Sirin Darya
          • Sirin Vera
          • Sirin Yanina
  • [2nd Tactical Commander] Unnamed Officer
  • [2nd Tactical Commander] Colonel Vladilena Milizé - Only during the United Kingdom operations.
    • [2nd Tactical Branch]
    • [2nd Armored Group]
      • [2nd Operations Commander] First Lieutenant Siri Shion[5]
        • [First Squadron "Razor Edge"]
          • First Lieutenant Siri Shion (Leader)
        • [Scythe Squadron][17] - Transferred to the 1st Armored Group.[10]
        • [Falchion Squadron][18]
        • [Glaive Squadron][18]
        • [Mace Squadron][18]
        • [Skyhawk Squadron][18]
        • [Support Teams]
  • [3rd Tactical Commander] Unnamed Officer[7]
    • [3rd Tactical Branch]
    • [3rd Armored Group]
      • [3rd Operations Commander] First Lieutenant Canaan Nyuud[19]
        • [First Squadron "Longbow"]
          • First Lieutenant Canaan Nyuud (Leader)
        • [Squadrons]
        • [Support Teams]
  • [4th Tactical Commander] Unnamed Officer
    • [4th Tactical Branch]
    • [4th Armored Group]
      • [4th Operations Commander] First Lieutenant Suiu Tohkanya[19]
        • [First Squadron "Sledgehammer"]
          • First Lieutenant Suiu Tohkanya (Leader)
        • [Squadrons]
        • [Support Teams]
  • [Research Branch]
    • [Reginleif Division] - A team of researchers focused on the development of the Strike Package's Feldreß.
    • [Sensory Research Division] - A team of researchers focused on the development of the Para-RAID system.
  • [Auxiliary Staff]
    • [Training Staff]
      • Captain Olivia Aegis[20] - Armée Furieuse instructor, able to be deployed on the frontlines as a Stollenwurm operator attached to the 1st Armored Group.
      • Second Lieutenant Theoto Rikka[9]
    • [Military Chaplain] The Reverend (Shin's Caretaker)
    • [Teaching Staff]
      • The Old Nan (Raiden's Caretaker)

Operations Commanders' Chain of Command[]

  • Captain Shinei Nouzen - The default and highest ranking operations commander inside the chain.
  • First Lieutenant Raiden Shuga - Takes post as operations commander when Captain Nouzen is deemed unfit to lead. Has priority over First Lieutenant Shion.[21]
  • First Lieutenant Siri Shion - Takes post as operations commander during the 1st Armored Group's rest period.[5]
  • First Lieutenant Caanan Nyuud
  • First Lieutenant Suiu Tohkanya

Trivia[]

  • Each armored group's First Squadron is named after the Republic's execution squadrons of the Eastern, Southern, Western, and Northern Fronts respectively.
  • Due to the detestation toward the Republic, many Federacy soldiers objected the appointment of Lena as a tactical commander.[1]
  • The Strike Package's Headquarter, Rüstkammer base, was set up next to a city for ease of transportation. Additionally, it was to help with the Eighty-Six’s rehabilitation into society. As they had lived on the battlefield from such a young age, so this was necessary for familiarizing them with a peaceful environment.


Footnotes[]

  1. Translated as Commodore in the light novels, but written as Brigadier General in the anime. Brigadier General is the correct term, as Commodore is the equivalent rank of the navy.
  • Armored Group (機甲班, Kikou Han?), also written as Armored Group (機甲グループ, Kikou Gurūpu?), is translated as Armored Division in the Yen Press translation. This translation is in conflict with the actual term for Armored Division (機甲師団, Kikou Shidan?), used for units such as the 177th Armored Division led by Richard Altner.

References[]

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