6th Division (ComStar)
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|6th Division IV-xi|
|Unit Profile (as of 3052)|
|Parent Formation||Sixth Army|
|Formed||Unknown (mid 3030's)|
Assigned along with the rest of the Sixth Army to face Clan Steel Viper during the Battle of Tukayyid, the Sixth Division was positioned just outside the hellish Devil's Bath, a horrific combination of geysers, boiling mud and narrow paths walled by massive granite columns, stretching for dozens of kilometers between the Vipers' intended dropzone and their target cities. After an initial exchange of fire, the Sixth withdrew into the Bath, luring the Steel Vipers in.
With the tight paths negating the Clan weapons' superior range and missteps sending entire Stars into the bottomless pools of boiling mud, Khan Natalie Breen realized too late her troops had stumbled into a massive trap. As the Vipers attempted to withdraw, a desperate Precentor Yekel of the Sixth used his Atlas's Satellite Uplink to personally issue an insulting public challenge throughout the Tukayyid system to goad them into continuing their attack.
Now enraged by the insult, the traditional minded Vipers redoubled their advance, pushing the Sixth and Seventh-Eighth Divisions through Devil's Bath. While inflicting extremely heavy damage on the Com Guard forces, both of the Vipers Alpha and Gamma Galaxies used up their ammunition at a tremendous rate.
With any hope of resupply dashed when the Com Guards' elite First Division struck the Vipers supply lines, Khan Zalman ordered Gamma Galaxy's 57th Striker Cluster to divide the Com Guard units and pin down the Sixth. While the Fifty-Seventh was utterly destroyed as a viable combat unit, it allowed Alpha Galaxy to completely surround the Sixth Division.
Recognizing his unit was doomed, Yekel attempted to offer himself in return for the surrender and survival of his troops, but discovered the price of insulting the Vipers. Khan Breen ordered her warriors to refuse all attempts at surrender or mercy, with Alpha's assault OmniMechs falling upon the Sixth, obliterating it down to the last 'Mech.
It was thanks to the sacrifice of the Sixth and its fellow Seventy-Eighth Division that the Steel Vipers were ultimately driven from Tukayyid in defeat, the Vipers' frontline Galaxies having expended all their strength to destroy them, but with almost all its equipment lost and so few of the unit's members left alive, Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht elected to disband rather than rebuild the Sixth Division, transferring its survivors to other units.
As of 3052 the unit's commander was Precentor Beeshor Yekel, who commanded the Sixth since at least 3050.  His desperate gamble ensured the Vipers fell into the trap, but it effectively doomed his unit to destruction. One of the few survivors of the Sixth, his actions during the Battle of Tukayyid earned him a promotion to command of the Eighth Army. 
- 20-Year Update, pg. 70 "6th V-pi"
- Tukayyid, pg 79-88 "Campaign: Clan Steel Viper"
- Field Manual: ComStar, p. 34, "8th Army V-Pi: Stern Defiance"