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Battle of Shatter Ridge
Aquila
Attacker Imperium of Man
Defender Forces of Chaos (Vraksian Traitor Militia)
Attacking Commander Unknown
Defending Commander Unknown
Date 927.M41
Scale Localised Engagement during Siege of Vraks
Theatre World of Vraks Prime, Ultima Segmentum
Strength (attackers) Legio Astorum (Warp Runners) Ventarri Titan Maniple supported by heavy armoured elements of the Death Korps of Krieg's 8th Assault Corps
Strength (defenders) Legio Vulcanum I Titans supported by Renegade super-heavy armour, mobile ordnance, Armoured Fist squads, and a Brass Scorpion of Khorne
Casualties (attackers) Warhound-class Titan and entire Krieg 8th Assault Corps
Casualties (defenders) Chaos Reaver-class Titan, a Warhound-class Titan and numerous tanks
Status Pyrrhic Imperial victory
Outcome The Imperial contingent inflicted heavy losses that led the Forces of Chaos to withdraw from the field; the entire Imperial Krieg contingent was lost

The Battle of Shatter Ridge was a savage confrontation that occurred during the later stages of the bitter war for the Apostate world of Vraks in 927.M41. The battle was joined when an Imperial advance towards the Citadel of Vraks, undertaken under the cover of a dawn twilight shrouded in chemical fog, was unexpectedly met in no man’s land by a huge Renegade counter-attack of hellish war engines and heavy tanks, which resulted in one of the largest Titan battles of the war. The Imperial forces in the field consisted of a powerful Legio Astorum Ventarri Titan Maniple supported by heavy armoured elements of the Death Korps of Krieg's 8th Assault Corps. The Chaos forces opposing them were composed of corrupted Titans from the much feared Legio Vulcanum I leading a counter-attacking spearhead of Renegade super-heavy armour, mobile ordnance and Armoured Fist squads, and for one of the first times in the long Siege of Vraks campaign, an infernal Brass Scorpion of Khorne.

The battle was short but costly for both sides, with the Chaos forces using the cover of the poisonous fog to advance swiftly and engage at close quarters where their furious assault wreaked havoc on the Krieg armoured forces. The Imperial Titans however, swift and skilled enough to respond to the enemy’s attacks, reopened the gap between them and their devastating Turbo-Laser fire quickly accounted for the destruction of a Chaos Reaver-class Titan, a Warhound-class Titan and numerous tanks, forcing the Traitors’ withdrawal from the field. The Imperial victory proved pyrrhic, however, as they had lost a Warhound and sustained heavy damage to the rest of their Titan force, whilst the Krieg contingent had been all but wiped out.

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SourcesEdit

  • Imperial Armour Apocalypse 2, pp. 88-89

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