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]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 196th BattleMech Division




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