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Notable Imperial Guard Regiments of the Tallarn Desert Raiders.
| Tallarn 3rd (Desert Tigers)
|| Fought throughout the Macharian conquests alongside the 4th and 5th Tallarn regiments. Subsequently it was all but destroyed fighting for Warmaster Solon during the Macharian Heresy. On the planet of Kallastin the regiment took part in a hard but successful war against mutant human rebels, receiving a commendation from the Inquisition.
| Tallarn 4th
|| Macharian Crusade
| Tallarn 5th
|| Macharian Crusade
| Tallarn 8th
|| Raid on Tamantra's Folly
| Tallarn 11th
|| Have been dispatched to the Calixis Sector along with the Tallarn 220th Armoured and Tallarn 31st Rough Riders. Thought lost while in transit in the Warp, the three Regiments emerged at the edge of the Kalf system and have since served with distinction. Currently commanded by Colonel Flora Javed.
| Tallarn 12th
Fought in the Cursus War in M40
| Tallarn 16th (Tallarn XVI)
|| Fought Eldar on Holon Prime in 762-765.M35. The unwieldy Tallarn Companies were having great difficulty dealing with the speed and flexibility of the aliens. In response to this, one of the commanders, Captain Lurenz, ordered that some of the regiment's Chimeras be lightened by stripping down their armour, giving his raiders a transport that could carry them quickly across the dunes. This proved successful in defeating the Eldar and since the battle, the First Patrol Company of the Tallarn 16th has been known as the "Gravediggers".
| Tallarn 17th
|| 998.M41 An infantry unit assigned to the 4621st Imperial Army, X corps during the Taros Campaign. The regiment had the honour of being the first on the ground after the Space Marines of the Raptors Chapter had destroyed the planets orbital defence facilities. The campaign ultimately ended in failure. The regiment was completely destroyed during the retreat from Tarokeen. Scattered and captured by the Tau, the survivors of the regiment were condemned to work in the mines for the greater good. Those few survivors who made it to the evacuation ships were reassigned to the Tallarn 331st Desert Raiders Regiment. Also includes a Thunderer Siege Tank as part of the second, squadron of the second company.[2e]
|82nd Shaytani of the Dust
||The 82nd lost about half their number to Orks.[6c] The remains of the unit were rolled into the 892nd.[6a]
Known to have taken part in the Annukani Campaign in M39.[1-p30] Also one of the infantry units assigned to the 4621st Imperial Army, X corps during the Taros Campaign 998.M41. The campaign ended in failure. The regiment was completely destroyed during the retreat from Tarokeen. Scattered and captured by the Tau, the survivors of the regiment were condemned to work in the mines for the greater good. Those few survivors who made it to the evacuation ships were reassigned to the 331st Tallarn Desert Raiders Regiment, a green regiment which completed the campaign relatively unscathed.
||Deployed to Adumbria in or around 936.M41 alongside the Valhallan 597th. Their commanding officer was Colonel Asmar, and their regimental Commissar was Tomas Beije.
||A green infantry unit assigned to the 4621st Imperial Army, X corps during the Taros Campaign 998.M41. The campaign ended in failure. The regiment fared quite well in the retreat from the Imperial capital of Tarokeen. It fell back in good order and was extracted mostly intact. After the conflict the 331st received the survivors of the 17th Tallarn and the 89th Tallarn Desert Raiders regiments as reinforcements. Both of these having been completely destroyed in the campaign.
|351st Derv'sh Blades of the Imperium
||The remains of which were rolled into the 892nd.[6b]
||:The 441st was stationed on the Mortise Line during the Medusa V campaign. The Mortise Line was a heavily fortified trenchline that spanned hundreds of miles from the Cithaeron Plain in the northeast, past Sybilla Tertius Hive to the southwest. It was built to keep out the creatures that inhabit the deserts beyond civilised Medusa V. The 441st Tallarn, then under the command of Lieutenant Krell Kreptmeiser, was based at the section of the Mortise Line due south of the Hive. They were sent along with the 442nd Tallarn into the desert beyond the line to investigate a series of strange reports in the opening days of the campaign. Reports of strange metallic beings and of six limbed beasts not seen in the desert before.
||The Regiment was stationed on the The Mortise Line during the Medusa V campaign. The Mortise Line was a heavily fortified trenchline that spanned hundreds of miles from the Cithaeron Plain in the northeast, past Sybilla Tertius Hive to the southwest. It was built to keep out the creatures that inhabit the deserts beyond civilised Medusa V. The 442nd Tallarn, based at the section of the Mortise Line due south of the Hive were the first to make contact with the strange six limbed beasts not seen in the desert before. These beasts were said to be falling from the sky in ever increasing numbers.
||The 892nd was combined from the remains of two Tallarn units (the 82nd "Shantani of the Dust", and the 351st "Derv'sh Blades of the Imperium").[6d] The 892nd battled Tyranids on Khadar under the direction of Commissar Rezail.[Needs Citation]
| Tallarn 3rd Armoured (Desert Storm) [2a]
Named also "Tallarn 3rd Tank Regiment". A veteran Armoured unit Assigned to the 4621st Imperial Army X corps during the Taros Campaign 998.M41. The campaign ended in failure. The regiment was effectively destroyed having lost all of their combat vehicles and much of their equipment during the retreat. The Tallarn 3rd Armoured Regiment would be reconstituted in the aftermath with the survivors of the 3rd Tallarn Armoured and the 12th Tallarn Armoured Regiment. During the defence of Balle Alpha, Chimeras of Gryphonne IV design with heavy bolters were used.[2h]
Also fought in the Akhar Basin Massacre.[2i] Consist of at least one Leman Russ Vanquisher, Gryphonne IV pattern.
The 3rd is known to have included at least one tank of Stygies VIII and Gryphonne IV design.[2b] It also included one Leman Russ Conqueror at the aforementioned Defence of Balle Alpha.[2d]
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|Tallarn 12th Armoured
||The Tallarn 12th Armoured Regiment are a veteran armoured unit assigned to the 4621st Imperial Army, X corps during the Taros Campaign 998.M41. The campaign ended in failure. The regiment was effectively destroyed having lost all of their combat vehicles and much of their equipment during the retreat. The survivors would be folded into the 3rd Tallarn Armoured Regiment.
|Tallarn 17th Armoured
||Consist of at least one Thunderer in the second company, second squadron[2e] and some Manticore (Tank)s[2l]. The Colossus Bombards (6 vehicles) of this Regiment fought during the Taros Campaign though all were abandoned during the Regiment's retreat.[14b]
|Tallarn 101st Armoured
||Known to include at least one Leman Russ Conqueror, part of either the first or second company. The inconsistency is due to the colour scheme varying from the numbers on the vehicle.[2c]; At least one Salamander Scout vehicle of this Regiment fought during the first assault on the Palace of Tears.[2j] This Regiment also contains Medusa (Siege Tank)s[2k] See Attached Link >>
|Tallarn 193rd Armoured
|Tallarn 9th Heavy Tank Regiment
||947.M41. The 9th Tallarn Armoured Regiment is known as "The Blue Devils". Their tanks, primarily of Baneblade class, are painted desert yellow with a sky blue camouflage. The regiment markings consist of vertical white-blue-white bands on the front quarter of the sides of the tank. The blue is often in a dark regal blue, but this fades over time. Blue and white check patterns are also seen on tanks. Commanders will ride in the turret, exposed to obtain a better view of the battlefield, and wave their curved chainswords to inspire their men to greater acts of courage.The most famous of the Tallarn 9th tanks belongs to the commander of A Squadron, Major Al'Biram and the Baneblade is named 'Iron Duke'. All other tanks of the 9th begin with the letter "I", and include "Indefatigable", "Ingenious", "Imperious", and "Itzhak"[Needs Citation]. The third vehicle of the second squadron is a Mars pattern Baneblade.[2f]
|Tallarn 17th Heavy Tank Company
||The 17th Heavy Company contains a Stormsword and is the fifth vehicle of the company. The company is attached to the Tallarn 101st Armoured Regiment and it has an eagle's head honour badge for when the 101st led the assault on the Palace of Tears.[2g]
||Known to include at least one Banesword, called Warmaster's Ruin.
||Includes Earthshaker (Platform) and was a part of the Tallarn garrison force fighting to close Cursus Portal.[2m]
||Currently engaged in the Calixis Sector
|Battlegroup Desert Fox
||Battlegroup Desert Fox was a composite unit based around the Tallarn 95th Infantry Regiment, Tallarn 668th Armored Regiment, and the Tallarn 212th Artillery Regiment. The formation was created to wage war on the world of Lorthax against a large army of scessionist rebels. Due to an administrative error however the colum was issued without any source of fuel for its tanks and the troops had no choice but to dismount all of its vehicles and attack as light infantry. Reverting to the desert fighting traditions of Tallarn, Battlegroup Desert Fox infiltrated the enemy lines and scored a decisive victory in a surprise attack.
- 1: Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex), p. 30
- 2: Imperial Armour: Volume One - Imperial Guard & Imperial Navy
- 2a: p. 34
- 2b: p. 39
- 2c: p. 56
- 2d: p. 58
- 2e: p. 76
- 2f: p. 85
- 2g: p. 109
- 2h: p. 115
- 2i: pgs. 42-43
- 2j: pg. 133
- 2k: pg. 168
- 2l: pg. 180
- 2m: pg. 191
- 3: Imperial Armour: Volume Three - Taros Campaign[Needs Citation]
- 4: Medusa V World wide Campaign[Needs Citation]
- 5: Captain Al'rahem: A Tallarn Desert Raiders Special Character - Games Workshop via Web Archive
- 6: Desert Raiders (Novel) by Lucien Soulban
- 7: http://web.archive.org/web/20120913014943/http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m2440064_Imperial_Guard_Datasheet_-_Banesword.pdf (saved archive page, dated Sep 2012, last accessed 10 August 2015)
- 8: The Traitor's Hand (Novel) by Sandy Mitchell, Chapter One
- 9: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg.17
- 10: Blood and Thunder (Graphic Novel) by Dan Abnett, Chapter Four
- 11: Only War Core Rulebook, pg. 55
- 12: Codex: Dark Eldar (7th Edition) - The Three Ages of the Dark City
- 13: Imperial Armour - Imperial Vehicles for Warhammer 40,000, pg. 41
- 14: Imperial Armour Volume One - Second Edition: Imperial Guard