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The Crab Clan Army was the largest standing military of any of the Great Clans. [1]

Organization Edit

Crab battle philosophy was highly defensive. Let the enemy force himself to exhaustion by delaying him, ensnaring him, and absorbing his punishment until he was spent. Then destroy him. [2] Because they were constantly at war with the Shadowlands, attrition was high. At any time, there were some 300,000 bushi serving in the Crab lands. Almost three quarters of those were stationed at the Kaiu Wall, being the rest guarding the northern borders and patroling internally. [1]

Units Edit

The lowest Crab fighting unit was a “Squad” (nicknamed tanto), the next unit up was a “Troop” (nicknamed wakizashi), the next was a “Company” (nicknamed no-dachi), next up was a “Brigade” (nicknamed tetsubo), the Regiment (called a Claw) was the largest Crab fighting unit, but not the largest strategic unit, which belonged to the army, a force up to 20 regiments. [3]

Armies Edit

The Crab army consisted of four full-strength armies, as well as a fifth strategic reserve. [4]

First Army Edit

The First Army was stationed in the Kaiu Wall, from the eastern end of the Wall, which overlooked Earthquake Fish Bay, to the west of Shiro Kuni. [4]

Below were some of the legions and units present in the First Army: [5]

First Legion Hida Berserkers
Second Legion The Damned
Third through Forty-Eighth Legions, Fourth Company, 1st Squadron Falcon's Strike
Third through Forty-Eighth Legions, Fourth Company, 5th-7th Squadrons Hiruma Scouts
All Legions, Reserve Company, 3rd-6th Squadrons Kaiu Siege Engineers

Second Army Edit

The Second Army was stationed in the Kaiu Wall, from the end of the First Army's zone to the west of Razor of the Dawn Castle. [4]

Below were some of the legions and units present in the Second Army: [5]

First Legion Hida Berserkers
Second through Forty-Eighth Legions, Fourth Company, 1st Squadron Falcon's Strike
Second through Forty-Eighth Legions, Fourth Company, 5th-7th Squadrons Hiruma Scouts
All Legions, Reserve Company, 3rd-6th Squadrons Kaiu Siege Engineers

Third Army Edit

The Third Army consisted of the garrisons that manned the major fortifications backing up the Kaiu Wall, as well as Shiro Hiruma and the village of Shinsei's Last Hope. Its headquarters was located at Kyuden Hida. [6]

Below were some of the legions and units present in the Third Army: [7]

First Legion Hida Berserkers
Second, Third Legions Hida Elite Guard
Seventh, Eighth, Ninth legions, First Company, Kaiu Siege Engineers, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth legions, Reserve Company, 3rd and 4th Squadrons Falcon's Strike
Fifteenth Legion, First through Fourth Companies Hiruma Stalkers
Twentieth legion, Fourth Company Kuni Witch Hunters
Forty-Sixth legion, First and Second Companies Hiruma Stalkers
Forty-Sixth, Forty-Seventh, Forty-Eighth legions, Reserve Company, 3rd-6th Squadrons Kaiu Siege Engineers
First through Sixth, Tenth through Forty-Fifth Legions, Reserve Company, 5th-6th Squadrons Kaiu Siege Engineers

The Army of the East Edit

Its primary duty was to watch the Crab's borders with its Rokugani neighbors, the Crane and the Kitsune. Its headquarters was the Watchtower of the East. [8]

Below were some of the legions and units present in the Army of the East: [9]

First Legion Hida Berserkers
Second Legion, First and Second Companies Hida Elite Guard
Fifth through Eighth Legion, Fourth Company Falcon's Strike
Ninth Legions Yasuki House Guard
Eleventh, Twelfth Legions Yasuki Taskmasters
All Legions, Reserve Company, 5th-6th Squadrons Kaiu Siege Engineers

The Reserve Army Edit

Its component units were mostly deployed in the Clan's hinterlands, prepared to be mobilized. Its headquarters was Shiro Kuni. [10]

Below were some of the legions and units present in the Reserve Army: [11]

First Legion Hida Berserkers
Second, Third, Fourth Legions Tsuru's Legion
All Legions, Reserve Company, 5th-6th Squadrons Kaiu Siege Engineers

Navy Edit

Crab navy was a rapid strike force, used to sail up the coast, deploying their soldiers to outflank advancing armies, mostly from the Shadowlands. [1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Way of the Crab, p. 91
  2. Clan War: Rulebook, p. 48
  3. Clan War: Crab Army Expansion, p. 57
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Masters of War, p. 19
  5. 5.0 5.1 Masters of War, p. 20
  6. Masters of War, pp. 20-21
  7. Masters of War, p. 22
  8. Masters of War, pp. 22-23
  9. Masters of War, p. 23
  10. Masters of War, pp. 23-24
  11. Masters of War, p. 24


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