13th Royal Infantry Division
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|Thirteenth Royal Infantry Division|
|Unit Profile (as of 2764)|
|Nickname||The Superstition Division|
|Parent Formation||XXXV Corps|
The Thirteenth Royal Infantry Division twice won the SLDF's Martial Olympiad, once in 2664 and again in 2684. The Thirteenth was one of the most rigorously trained units in the SLDF, and often received experimental equipment for testing and evaluation. Their evaluation was critical, and despite having their Divisional headquarters on Midway, no equipment was ever leaked to the DCMS. (The ISF is known to have dispatched at least one boarding party to take a supply JumpShip but marines attached to the Thirteenth prevented the takeover.) Widespread rumors suggested that the Thirteenth was one of the units used to evaluate Nighthawk power armor, but these remain unconfirmed. The Thirteenth is known to have conducted secret weapons tests in the Draconis Rift however.
In 2764, the unit was assigned, as a part of the XXXV Corps, Fifteenth Army, to District 2 of the Draconis Combine Military Region, but was moved to an undisclosed are of the Periphery in 2765, to take part in the Periphery Uprising.. The 13th survived the war and the Hegemony Campaign.
For many years the Inner Sphere assumed that the Thirteenth had joined the Exodus, and communications logs indicate that the Thirteenth told General Kerensky that they would be joining after making a stop in the Draconis Rift. Examining Clan records showed that the Thirteenth never joined the Exodus. Instead the unit remained in the Inner Sphere rather than join Operation Exodus, secretly working for the fledgling ComStar. Subsequent publications released in the thirty-first and thirty-second centuries revealed that the Thirteenth almost certainly formed the basis of the "mercenaries" used to create the Fifth ComStar Expeditionary Division in 2784.
In 2788 the Thirteenth took part in Operation SILVER SHIELD when along with the Third Striker Regiment they assaulted two former SLDF Mechanised Infantry Divisions in the Amazon rainforest on Terra.  Following SILVER SHIELD the vast majority of the Expeditionary Divisions were demobilized and their equipment cached for the future, forming the basis of the later Com Guard.
- First Succession War, p. 34, "Those Left Behind (Continued)"
- Era Report: 2750, p. 56
- The Star League, p. 148, "Fifteenth"
- ComStar (sourcebook), p. 13
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 117, "ComStar and the Com Guard"