20th Division (Word of Blake)
|20th Division IV-sigma|
|Disbanded||Destroyed in 3076|
|Affiliation||Word of Blake|
|Parent Command||Word of Blake Militia|
The 20th Division was a "hidden" Word of Blake Militia unit that was secretly assembled just prior to the outbreak of the Jihad. The unit was known as a mentor/teaching unit for other pro-blakist forces. It was a veteran skilled unit as of 3075.
Hesperus II Raid
The unit first appeared in a raid against Hesperus II during opening events of the 3068. It struck the planet as part of Operation: Steel Hammer. The unit as part of the effort to soften up the planet's defenses for future plan invasion of the planet. The unit was able to maul the Defiance Self-Protection Force, destroy some defense post and and insert a group of Light of Mankind operatives.
Strikes in the Draconis Combine
In 3069, the unit split itself up and its elements struck the Combine worlds of Cebalrai and Vega. Successfully, invading these worlds, the 20th's elements trained these worlds' respective Protectorate Militia to assume garrison duty on them. After two years of occupation and training, the 20th re-assembled and were assigned to the Free Worlds League for assignment in 3071.
Tour of Duty in the Free Worlds League
The unit was assigned to garrison Marik in 3072. The unit was part of Blakist occupation of the Marik Commonwealth and to support Pro-Blake government. The unit conducted cadre and defense missions during its time there.
The 20th Division was stationed on Campbelton on the 27th of February 3076 when the world was raided by a rogue force who targeted the 20th Division forces. The raiders were reported to have their origins in ComStar, and used tactical nuclear weapons as a part of their assault; as a result, more than two million inhabitants of Campbelton were killed from the blast and subsequent fallout when three major population centers around which the 20th had layered defenses were attacked, and the 20th Division was wiped out.
|Commanding Officers of the 20th Division|
|Precentor IX||Mireille Dechanet||3068 - 3070|
When using special rules, the unit gains a positive initiative when its allied units average as veteran. The Enlightened Ministry does not gain any bonus when fielded alone.
3068 - 3070
The Enlightened Ministry gains a +1 Initiative bonus when it is the Attacker and may deploy half of its force as Hidden Units.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 102 - "16th Division unit profile" - Describes 16th being among many to begin seeding seeding Hesperus II with Blake agents for a future invasion
- Jihad Turning Points: Hesperus II, p. 7 "Twentieth Division"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 98 - "20th Division unit profile" - Unit history to 3075.
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 20, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 55, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 126, "Word Of Blake Militia"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 140-141, "Rule Annex"