196th BattleMech Division

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196th BattleMech Division
Unit Profile (as of 2764)
Nickname The Gettysburg Division
Parent Formation XXXVI Corps
Formed unknown


The One Hundred Ninety-sixth BattleMech Division was a part of the Star League Defense Force Regular Army.


Prior to the fall of the Star League, the 196th was involved in destroying a slaving operation on the world of Viroflay during a tour with the 20th Army (Star League). The commanding officer at the time, General Gould Watts, declared "I have freed the slaves" upon completing the mission causing a brief media sensation.[1]

In 2764, the unit was assigned, as a part of the XXXVI Corps, Sixteenth Army, to District 3 of the Draconis Combine Military Region, but was moved to an undisclosed area of the Periphery.[2]. The 196th was destroyed during the Periphery Uprising in 2765.[2]


As an SLDF BattleMech Division the 196th would have been composed with two Brigades of 'Mech regiments and one brigade of Mechanized Infantry regiments.[3]


  • 1961st Brigade [4]
  • 1962nd Brigade
  • 1963rd Brigade


  1. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 193, "196th BattleMech Division"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Star League, p. 149, "Sixteenth"
  3. The Star League, p. 133
  4. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 13