|“||Tick. Tick. Boom!||”|
— 2nd Mass saying.
|Mass Militia Regiment|
|2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment|
|Commanders|| Col. Daniel F. Weaver |
2nd Com-Tom Mason
3rd Com Anne Glass (current acting commander)
|Current Location||Spread Out, formerly Charleston, South Carolina|
|Strength|| 300+ (Start of invasion)
Around 160 (13 months after invasion)
The 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, also known as 2nd Mass, is one of the twelve regiments that make up the Massachusetts Militia, led by Jim Porter. After the loss of South Boston to the enemy, Porter decided that all Militia units should retreat from Boston and evade the skitters until an appropriate way to fight them could be found. Porter divided the Militia into 12 regiments, to each consist of 100 or more fighters and about 200 civilians (at the time the aliens air surveillance seemed to ignore groups of humans below 500 in number) and to all forage and live off the land.("Live and Learn") One of those regiments was the 2nd Mass. It is made up of 111 fighters and 200 civilians, led Captain Daniel Weaver, whose second in command is Tom Mason who was a military history professor pre war. During the Battle of Fitchburg nearly 100 of the 2nd Mass members were killed. The number is now in the thousands. Its Headquarters was the John F. Kennedy High School in the suburb of Acton, Massachusetts outside of Boston. It is currently based in Charleston, South Carolina.
Scouts serve as the regiment's eyes and ears, searching ahead and around the group for supplies and the enemy. They tend to be teenagers as they have to be quick and nimble to avoid being killed or captured. For transportation, they use motorcycles, so they can quickly get away from a situation or alert the regiment of supplies nearby.
Hal Mason and Karen Nadler were both Scouts, until Karen was captured by Skitters, now Margaret, who escaped from Pope's Gang, has taken over Karen's role. Dai and Tom also scout for the 2nd Mass. In What Hides Beneath, Weaver scouts with Hal and Tom (but in that instance with the ulterior motive of going to his former home and perhaps remaining there to die. Ultimately he didn't).
Fighters are the regiment’s main troops. There are some former military and police personnel among the leadership and the rank and file. Most fighters are civilians with no previous military service and training, but chose to take an active role in fighting. Those civilians learned how to fight in the months after the invasion, including Tom Mason. They serve every purpose, from defending a position to making raids on supply caches, to attacking the enemy. They are armed with various weapons, ranging from small sidearms to assault weapons to heavy machine guns to explosives. A great example of fighters would be Tom Mason's standard team, which is armed both with sidearms and assault weapons.
Weaponry and VehiclesEdit
Most weaponry is a motley mix of firearms taken from various armories, civilian gun stores and private collectors. In case of the 2nd Mass, many guns were obtained from Alex Vlensa, a paranoid weapons collector and former math professor known to Tom Mason. They use assault rifles like AK-47s, M-14s, Colt 733s, AKMs, HK91s, SG 552s, Ruger Mini-14s, Springfield M1As, L1A1 SLRs, IMI Galil MARs and Armalite rifles ranging from Vietnam-era M-16s to high-end customized M4A1s they also have the HKG36; many types of shot guns including double barrel shotguns. Scout/raid squads also prefer various submachine guns like MP5SD, Uzi and UMP for close quarter combat against skitters. As they use whatever is available, some fighters even carry bolt-action hunting rifles or historical carbines. There are many types of handguns from 9mm/.45 ACP automatics and .45 cal. revolvers. They have one large caliber weapon in a .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun mounted on a mid-1960s era passenger automobile and as a "Technical" civilian vehicle, usually a pickup truck with a weapon mounted on it. They also have various explosives including hand grenades and blocks of C-4 plastic explosives. They also have a single RPG-2, which Tom Mason uses to destroy an alien ship. Sometime in the three months Tom was missing, they acquired a 20mm AA gun, an M72 LAW disposable rocket launcher, and from dialogue it can be assumed they also have a Barrett M107.
However, the firearms are almost useless against the superior armor of the Mech which are bullet proof and the skitters themselves which are bullet resistant unless you fire in very close quarters to them with a high power weapon, either hand gun or rifle. With Mechs the best that could be hope for is to use the fire from the weapons to detract an attacking Mech from its target of the moment since upon being fired upon it would immediately turn its attention to the attacking source. Skitters would stop and shield itself from a hail of bullets but it won't be killed or injured unless the fire was from a very close source, within five feet it seems.
However, former gang leader and criminal John Pope found a way to smelt down Mech Metal into slugs. The Mech metal has properties like depleted uranium. Making these new bullets armor piecing rounds for all types of firearms rendering Mechs and skitters very vulnerable for the first time.
What few vehicles there are consists of motorcycles and pre-1980 automobiles that have no electronics. Most post 1980 vehicles that had electronics were rendered useless from the Electromagnetic pulse(s) (EMP) the Aliens deployed at the start of the invasion, which also rendered almost all modern military weapons useless. The aforementioned "Technical" is a Pontiac GTO manufactured between 1965 and 1967 with the M2 Browning machine gun mounted in it. John Pope and his gang tried to extort it out of the 2nd Mass by holding Tom, Hal, Dai and other members of the 2nd Mass. hostage (His effort failed).
By Season Two, in their march southward from Boston, the much-reduced regiment is able to move faster, having fewer people but having acquired replacement vehicles that are mostly in better condition. These include several pickup trucks and a Humvee on which they mount heavy armor-piercing machine guns (capable of bringing down Espheni 'Beamer' aircraft) and a bus which Anne Glass uses as her field hospital. John Pope and his gang of 'Berserkers' who serve as scouts, sappers and shock troops for the regiment, retain most of the motorcycles at the regiment's disposal. However, fuel was a major concern until they reached the human-controled city of Charleston, South Carolina.
With the arrival of the Volm in Season Three and the resources allotted to them by Charleston's Continental Army, the 2nd Mass is able to field much more advanced weaponry and equipment; this includes EMP devices, rappel equipment, and advanced Volm plasma rifles and handguns which could destroy the heaviest of Espheni combat droids. They also have a double heavy machine-gun turret mounted on one of their trucks. They also use horses for scouting and additional transport, which are presumably provided by Charleston's stables.
During Season Three
- Captain Jameson (Former Commander/Deceased)
- Colonel Daniel F. Weaver (Commander)
- Tom Mason (Second in command/team leader)
- Anne Glass (Doctor/combat medic)
- Lourdes (Medical Assistant/combat medic)
- Dai (Scout/Fighter)(Deceased)
- Hal Mason (Scout/Fighter/team leader; Tom Mason's first born son)
- Ben Mason (Scout/Fighter/; Tom Mason's second born son; former harnessed child; works with the Skitter Rebels)
- Matt Mason (Junior Fighter; Tom Mason's third born son)
- Karen Nadler (Scout/Captured by Skitters; became an Overlord slave)
- Margaret (better known as Maggie) (Fighter/Scout, formerly Pope's Gang)
- John Pope (Fighter, Weapon Manufacturer, Chef, Jack of All Trades/beserker)
- Jamil Dexter (Former Engineer/Deceased)
- Michael Harris (Former Doctor/Deceased)
- Click (Fighter/Deceased)
- Jimmy Boland (Fighter/Deceased)
- Anthony (Fighter, former Boston Police Department officer/Berserker)
- Mike Thompson (Fighter/Deceased)
- Rick Thompson (Fighter/Deceased)(Mike Thompson's son; former harnessed child)
- Parker (Fighter/Deceased)
- O'Brian (Fighter/Deceased)
- Fuller (Fighter/Deceased)
- Lt. Danner (Fighter)
- Cal (Fighter)
- Ryerson (Fighter)
- John (Fighter)
- O'Neil (Fighter)
- Schlatter (Fighter)
- Gibson (Fighter/Deceased)
- Tector (Fighter/ex-marine/Berserker)
- Lyle (Fighter/Berserker/Deceased)
- Boon (Fighter/Berserkers/Deceased)
- "Crazy" Lee (Fighter/Berserker/Deceased)
- Bryan (Fighter/Deceased)
- Tyreen (Fighter/Deceased)
- Denny (Fighter)
- Uncle Scott (Children's teacher, communications researcher; currently trying to revive radio communications by restoring pre transistor age radios/Deceased)
- Aunt Kate (Wife of Uncle Scott; most likely deceased)
- Eli Russell (Formerly, captured by skitters)
- Jeff Russell (Formerly, Eli's father, presumed dead)
- Mary Russell (Formerly, Eli's mother, presumed dead)
- Alexis Glass-Mason (Anne and Tom's newborn child)
- Bunker Hill
- Acton Armory
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Airport, Somewhere in Southwest Connecticut (Fairfield County)
- Richmond, Virginia
- Charleston, South Carolina
- The 2nd Mass is most likely named after the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, which was a part of the Continental Army from 1777-1783. They fought in several engagements including: the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Trenton, and the Battle of Saratoga.