Black Band Legion

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262nd BattleMech Division
Formed unknown
Nickname The Chief Joseph Division[1]
Affiliation SLDF
Parent Command LVII Corps

Black Band Legion[2]
Formed 2774
Affiliation Mercenary
Parent Command

The 262nd BattleMech Division or the Chief Joseph Division was a part of the Star League Defense Force Regular Army.[3]

One regiment of the unit remained behind in Aleksandr Kerensky's Operation EXODUS and would become the mercenary Black Band Legion.


The 262nd formed a part of LVII Corps, Sixth Army, and in 2764 was stationed in District 2 of the Capellan Confederation Military Region. Following the New Vandenberg Uprising and subsequent Periphery uprising the 262nd was deployed into an undisclosed area of the Periphery.[3]

The 262nd suffered heavy losses in the Periphery in 2765 and the division was disbanded as a result; some elements of the division joined the rebels.[3]

These remaining elements eventually formed the Black Band Legion in 2774[2]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 262nd BattleMech Division
Major General Milos Petrusovych 2764[1]
Commanding Officers of Black Band Legion




As an SLDF BattleMech division the 262nd would have been formed from two brigades of BattleMech regiments and a brigade of mechanized infantry regiments.[4]

2764 (SLDF)[edit]

  • 2621st Brigade[5]
  • 2622nd Brigade
  • 2623rd Brigade

2774 (Black Band Legion)[edit]

  • Reduced to 1 regiment.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Field Manual: SLDF, p. 93
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 First Succession War, p. 36: "Those Left Behind (Continued)"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Star League, p. 154
  4. The Star League, p. 133
  5. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 13