8th Jotunheim Grenadiers
Founding World: Jotunheim
Main Colors: Nominally Red and White
Specialty: Combined Arms
Battle Cry: By Any Means!
Current Strength: 8,000 men, plus vehicles
Allegiance: Imperium of Man
Origin of the Regiment:
The Jotunheim regiments began as Skaerls to the Space Wolves Chapter. They were charged with defending the Fang, in the Chapter’s absence. This arrangement lasted from the end of the Horus Heresy, until the last years of M38, when the Mechanicus made contact. Soon the Administratum arrived, and instituted the Imperial Tithe, and the Jotunheim Regiments were born. The Ecclesiarchy has almost no presence, or influence on Jotunheim, and the Administratum and Mechanicus have very small roles in Jotunheim’s affairs. The Imperial cult does not exist on Jotunheim, rather they follow the Imperial Truth, as given during the Great Crusade. This is not challenged, as they still have the protection of the Space Wolves.
Jotunheim is a rugged, harsh, and mostly frigid death world. The lower latitudes are dominated by mountain ranges, while the higher latitudes are dominated by frigid plains. The coastlines are dominated by Fjords, though some northern coasts have beaches. The mid latitude mountain ranges have valleys with workable soil, with large tiered megastructures built into the mountainsides. The planet maintains some manufacturing capability, usually only enough to sustain its forces.
The 8th Jotunheim Grenadiers are currently undergoing rest and refit after the Luthum Campaign. They are currently awaiting orders to redeploy…
The 8th Jotunheim are a combined arms regiment. As such they employ a wide variety of tactics to close with, and destroy the enemies of the imperium. They will often send airborne and air assault troops ahead of the main force to destabilize the enemy’s front, so the armored spearhead can advance with less resistance. Often times the regiment will use their Vulture support to take out enemy air defenses and armor, in advance of the airborne assault. When all assets are deployed, they work as one cohesive unit, cooperating to ensure that the enemy is destroyed.
Jotunheim Regiments are a bit of an oddity, in that they are allowed to maintain their own Air Assets separate from the Imperial Navy as is customary. This is partly due to their origins predating that separation, and partly due to the high level of integration of Air Assets into their combat doctrine. Their Air assets are limited however, only having Valkyries, Vendettas, Vultures, and Sky Talons at their immediate disposal. They do rely heavily upon the Imperial Navy for fighter support and transit.
The first battle for the 8th Jotunheim, was an insignificant little world which supplied a small subsector. They had been deployed to assist the Agriworld’s meager PDF, in repelling an Ork invasion. The Orks had seen the world as an easy conquest, but the Imperium could not afford to appear weak in losing that world. The 8th Jotunheim arrived as the PDF collapsed. It took days for the 8th to gain enough ground to land tanks, and so their veterans and air assets held against repeated assaults by the Ork horde. When the Tanks and mechanized platoons landed they were able to mount an offensive, and drive the Orks back. They eventually succeeded in repelling the invasion and scoured the world of all infestation.
The 8th Jotunheim’s second major action was seen on the world of Haberdan III. A wind swept, arid ball of dirt near the Eye of Terror. It would have been completely unremarkable, if not for the world’s massive network of aquifers, which gave it a plentiful water supply. The desert world was pockmarked by small oases, which produced food far in excess of what the planet’s meager population could use. The world’s governor was corrupt, overcome with greed, and desire. The governor’s palace became a den of debauchery and excess. This eventually drew the attention of Slaaneshi cults, which took root in the planet’s capital city. Soon, the world became isolated, and the Administatum took notice as its export ceased altogether. The 8th was deployed to bring the world back into compliance.
The 8th landed near one of the small oases, and were greeted with praise and gratitude, much to their surprise. It wasn’t long before the 8th’s Commander had a grasp of the situation. The Capitol city was at fault. The 8th sped through the deserts to the capital, and were confronted by the world’s treasonous PDF. They all bore the mark of Slaanesh, and had apparently been twisted by the influence of Chaos. The 8th used its air assets to insert veterans into the city itself, while the mechanized forces and tanks engaged the PDF outside the city. The Veteran troops went building to building, fighting it out with cultists and traitor PDF. The Jotuns were precise and deadly, as they worked their way through the city.
The Haberdan Heresy lasted three months, as the PDF pulled back inside the city walls, the 8th pursued. The 8th eventually laid waste to the capitol city. It was noted, by an Inquisitorial Acolyte, that their stoic nature and disregard for the Imperial cult, may have resulted in their success, as they had no faith to be challenged, they could not be corrupted.
On Jotunhem, the Regimental structure does not exist. They employ battalions that are grouped together with other elements to form brigades. However with the imperial tithe, they group a smaller number of battalions together and send them off to the Imperial Guard. The 8th Jotunheim is made up of 3 infantry battalions consisting of one headquarters company, 4 infantry companies, and a special troops company. There is 1 aviation battalion consisting of 4 transport companies, and 2 gunship companies, and finally an armored Battalion that contains all of the regiment’s tanks. 2 of the infantry battalions are mechanized (and maintain their own vehicles) while the third is strictly airborne and air assault. The battalions break down as follows:
Special Troops platoons usually contain all of the various advisors and personnel that make integration with the other units possible. In addition to the combat personnel, the regiment also contains a Medicae Battalion, and 2 Maintenance battalions. This allows the 8th to bring everything it needs to function as a cohesive force.
The 8th Jotunheim prides itself on being an elite fighting force, and as such their doctrines reflect that. When in a combat zone, soldiers are expected to be armed at all times, being more than an arm’s length from a weapon is severely punished. Being followers of the imperial truth, soldiers of the 8th do not pray while performing maintenance on their weapons, they simply go about it without much fanfare. Their adherence to the ancient doctrine of the Imperial Truth has garnered much attention from the Ecclesiarchy and the Inquisition, and put them at odds with more staunch elements of the Imperium. Despite this they remain a formidable and professional force, dedicated to the defense of Humanity and the Imperium.
On Jotunheim, service in the PDF is mandatory for everyone. It is from the PDF that the Regiments are drawn, and the 8th was no different. Jotunheim continues to supply the Space Wolves with Skaerls, or Vaeringjar as the Jotuns call them. As such, the Jotuns maintain a high level of proficiency in armed and unarmed combat. Jotunheim has seen a fair amount of warfare since the great crusade, and this has given the PDF much needed experience. Vaeringjar will also return from their service with the Sons of Russ, to share their hard won experience, and become trainers for the next generation of soldiers. The Imperial Guard regiments from Jotunheim are drawn from multiple PDF Brigades and drill continuously until they think and act as one, before they are shipped off world as part of the tithe.
The Jotuns prize strength and stamina, and enjoyment of life. Their rituals vary as widely as their geography. They also prize their military traditions, and hold formal feasts at various times throughout the year. Everything is a contest to the Jotuns, their feasts often involve complex protocols, which must be observed, lest the offender be punished by the gathering. Jotun Regiments will also hold games, which feature tests of strength, stamina, and courage. To outsiders these events cast an air of reckless abandon, and a lack of professionalism. However these events are cleverly constructed to drive their soldiers to be the best, and It shows. On average a Jotun soldier is bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilled than the average Cadian Guardsman. The average Jotun Guardsman will push harder and longer than most guardsmen. Jotun rituals are generally an open affair, with members of other regiments being invited to participate, though to date only Catachans and Vostroyans have ever participated.
The Regiments colors are nominally red and white. Soldiers wear camouflaged fatigues suited to whatever environment thy find themselves in. Vehicles are often painted in camouflaged schemes, but will sometimes include red and white markings that will often indicate what number and type of company that vehicle belongs to.
The regimental standard features is a very simple design for ease of recognition. The field is red and white diagonally opposed with crossed rifles centered in the field. Above the crossed rifles is the regiment number, and below is a flaming bomb insignia. The Standard is never taken into battle, and is reserved for parades and other such formal functions.
The Regiment’s battle cry, loosly translated from their distinct dialect, is “By Any Means!”. It signifies just how far the regiment will go to achieve victory. The regiment has many others, drawing from famous quotes by various unit commanders, and each battalion has its own distinct phrases or mottos or battle cries.
Champions of the Regiment:
Marshal Lars Hammet,
The Inaugural and Current Commander of the 8th. He has seen the regiment through many of its harshest battles. A horribly disfigured man, as a commander he prefers to lead from the front. He has personally seen to death of many an Ork, which resulted in the loss of an arm, the loss of an eye, and severe burns to most of his body. These burns have required that both of his legs be rebuilt and he is more machine than man at this point. Despite this, he continues to command great respect from his men.
Lojtnant Markus Griff,
Lead an airborne platoon during the initial days of the battle for Talos IV. Despite grievous injury his platoon took and held ground while cut off from the rest of his battalion for 4 days without resupply, and under constant attack from Orks. Griff’s platoon dug in and with bayonets fixed and using the Orks own casualties as barricades were able to hold out until reinforcements could push through.
Sergeant Tomas Lundgren,
Commanded a heavy weapons squad during the battle for Telos. His men badly wounded, and with nothing but him and a heavy bolter, to stand between the advancing orks, and his company’s lines, he took up the heavy bolter and single handedly repulsed the ork advance. Using only his wits and grit he personally accounted for over 900 orks killed, during their failed night raid on the Uhlani settlement. His actions not only saved his company from being overrun, but saved the lives of countless imperial citizens.
Korpral Jurgen Hohenfeld
A fireteam leader in one of the Special Operations Greandier squads. He led his 4 man team during a raid on Haberdan. His team became stuck in the capitol city and surrounded by cultists. For three days they evaded detection, all the while reeking untold havoc on the Heretic supply lines. By their own admission they had almost been captured on a few occasions, especially after feeling the allure of the cultists. They stood fast in their dedication to duty however, even as the whispers of chaos attempted to sway them. They soon altered their tactics from simply destroying targets of a military nature, and began putting heretic gatherings to the torch. Their efforts continued for almost a month, before they were able to reunite with the main force. Their guerilla actions were pivotal in capturing the capitol city. Hohenfeld and his team were thoroughly checked out by Inquisitors, Medicae, and even a few Space Marine Librarians and Chaplains, and were not found wanting. Korpral Hohenfeld and his team were named Champions of the Regiment by Marshal Hammet after the Haberdan Heresy was brought to an end.
With this I, Ulrik_Ironfist announce my completion of my vow. I will not, however, be connecting this with my vows for the ETL this year.
This was as close as I could get to their current color scheme, as the painter doesn't do camo:
Edited by Ulrik_Ironfist, 19 May 2016 - 02:03 PM.