50th Shadow Division
|50th Shadow Division|
|Nickname||Eligos' Hell Knights|
|Affiliation||Word of Blake|
|Parent Command||Shadow Divisions|
The Fiftieth Shadow Division first appeared a few years after the Jihad began. The unit was rumored to have been formed to fight the Clans. The unit's soldiers are cybernetically enhanced soldiers of the Word of Blake known as Manei Domini.
The 50th conducted lightning raids against the worlds of Son Hoa and Khon Kaen, focusing on capturing equipment and causing chaos in their strikes. The unit mysteriously avoided damaging the local factories. In the raid against Son Hoa they engaged the Devil's Brigade and routed them. That action granted them three months of StarCorps' factory output.
The division was sent to reinforce the captured Lyran world of Donegal, taking over for the 2nd Division when information leaked that Allied forces would attempt to retake it. The Hell Knights focused their attacks against both Precentor Martial Victor Steiner-Davion's ComStar and the Clan forces, ComStar's 116th Division and the 1st Wolf Legion, inflicting heavy damage. However, after the 18th Division suffered increasing losses from Lyran units, and because the Fiftieth division fixated solely on Com Guard and Clan targets first, the Fiftieth were forced onto the defensive and pushed back, eventually withdrawing from the world.
Raiding to Resupply
Two weeks after losing control of Donegal, the Fiftieth arrived on the semi-secured world of Coventry. From here, the unit conducted further raids to resupply their matériel needs. The units raided Lyran worlds of Guatavita and Krievci.
The Division conducted a series of raids against a number of Lyran worlds, inflicting heavy losses on the Lyran forces on Atocongo and staging a devastating assault against the 1st Kell Hounds Regiment on New Exford. After first smashing through the Hounds' ad hoc aerospace defenses, the Fiftieth completely destroyed the Hound's 2nd Battalion as it attempted to out flank the Blakist unit. The Fiftieth sent its "head hunter" units behind the Hounds' lines and killed the regiment's acting commanding officer, Christian Kell, with the demoralized mercenaries suffering 70% casualties after the loss of their commander.
The unit again staged a series of raids against the Lyran worlds of Son Hoa, Stantsiya, and Kamenz, before briefly occupying the world of Bolan in July. The 50th controlled the Quetta City State on Bolan until mid-September, when the Division left Bolan suddenly, taking thousands of prisoners away with them. The Fiftieth was dispatched to Gallery where it was used to counter increased terrorist activities on that world.
On 6 June 3075, the unit raided New Hume masquerading as Lyran forces and with carefully staged massacres purged the unreliable elements from the New Home Protectorate Militia, though it weakened the world's defenses.
When Precentor Manei Domini Apollyon delivered a message to Prince Titus Cameron-Jones on Regulus on the 30th of March 3076 advising the Prince against any form of "military adventurism", the 50th were with Apollyon.
|Commanding Officers of the 50th Division|
Assault & Raiding.
The 50th Shadow Division is considered Elite unit, with equipment heavy upgraded assets.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 107, "Unit Profile"
- BattleCorps: INN Newscast (MilSpec section), news item published [08/06/3072]: "Unknown Forces Scatter Defenders on Son Hoa, Khon Kaen"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 24, "Operation: Steel Hammer"
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 85, "Corporate Ties" - Allied units named.
- Total Chaos, p. 110-112, "DONEGAL"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 37, "Kell Hounds Attacked on New Exford".
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 38, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 52, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 52, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 53, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 14, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Total Chaos, p. 232-233, "NEW HOME"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 21, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 55, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 125, "Shadow Divisions Status"
- Record Sheets: 3075, p. 13 "SCENARIO 2: PAYING DEBTS (OBJECTIVE RAID)"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 143, "Rule Annex" - Unit listing