Though the Lord General had achieved a major victory, enemy forces would continue to harangue the Imperials for the next 22 months of intense fighting. It has been estimated that over 8 million Imperial Guardsmen perished fighting for the liberation of the planet. [1j], A fierce Chaos counter-attack erupted in 760, led by Archon Nadzybar himself, and ripped right into the Imperial midline, almost re-taking the world of Sverren and initiating struggles in many other theatres. The Sabbat Worlds Crusade (2005) Gaunt’s Ghosts: Ghostmaker (in: Inferno! [Needs Citation]. The Chaos reinforcements for both Sek and Innokenti were isolated in the main Khan system by forces under General Bulledin, who was able to finally pin down and slay Magister Shebol Red-Hand. EUR 87,78 + EUR 19,59 Versand . See "Order of Battle" below A period of bitter political infighting ensued, but Macaroth managed to cling to his rightful position as the newly appointed senior-commander of the crusade. With nothing to prove in terms of loyalty and ability, many veteran commanders such as Carnhide found themselves relegated to the onerous chores associated with Second Front Command. The objectives of Operation Redrake were[1e]: Several worlds in the Newfound Trailing Group were attacked at the same time; Formal Prime, Onscard, Long Halent and Indrid. Though he wanted to support the efforts of his beleaguered officers, he had full confidence in both commanders to accomplish their individual objectives. The forces of the Archenemy were well-entrenched, driving back the Imperial Guardsmen during successive actions. The land war was now ready to commence, and even though the air was clear for a full-scale orbital drop assault, the Imperial Guard was once again resistant to the Lord General. Mortally wounded twice over, Slaydo continued to fight, eventually delivering a death-strike to the Chaos warlord. Unfortunately for Elbeth, only one-third of his fleet arrived unmolested and of the promised Astartes support, there was no sign. But ultimately, the meager Imperial defence was not enough and the sector was conquered wholesale by the servants of the Ruinous Powers, returning the Sabbat Worlds to their heretical roots. Petitioned for heavier support, Slaydo responded by providing 3 brigades of armour from the Mershan 45th and 2nd Narmenian Heavy Regiments. A period of political in-fighting amongst the highest echelons of the Imperial Crusade force would take place over much of the next year. [1n], Warmaster Slaydo led the assault on Balhaut personally. [Needs Citation], However, the Imperial forces were able to pull themselves together in the face of the Chaos onrush, and three theatres in particular would prove instrumental in the continued survival of the Crusade; Enothis, Khan III and Herodor. By the end of hour twenty-one, after the initiation of hostilities, orbital superiority had been achieved. This is Urlock Gaur. Supported by two separate armoured brigades, Bulledin forced an opening in the Archenemy's lines, then sent foot companies from two Imperial Guard Regiments to flank Red-Hand's forces. The Archenemy forces had acted accordingly, making this site one of ritual importance, defending it with fanatical vigour. But by the end of 773, these two Magisters had all but halted the Imperial thrust in the Cabal Systems, slicing across the Imperial realm and successfully bisecting the Khan Group. Orbiting Imperial Navy ships launch an air strike to assist the beleaguered Imperial Guard forces on the surface of Enothis. A previously undetected comet or meteor struck the planet in the polar regions causing great natural disasters. Almost immediately the combatant forces became involved in several bloody, stalemated encounters. Paquin's fifth army succeeded in cutting all communications with Lyubovhive by severing the mass transit and cable links within a single day, then turned west towards Zenic. This appointment by the dying Warmaster brooked no argument from the Lords Militant, but Cybon, Hechtor Dravere and others were incensed at Slaydo's decision, regarding the newly appointed Warmaster as too young and too junior. As of 775.M41, an Imperial victory within the Sabbat Sector appeared to be nearly inevitable. [Needs Citation], The Astartes also distinguished themselves under their new commander. 18 Comments. Herodor is agreed by Imperial scholars and strategists to be the turning point for the fortunes of the Crusade. Whatever inexplicable fate had befallen the people of Fornax Aleph had now overtaken Elbeth and his liberation force as well. Within the Cabal System itself, more strenuous resistance was encountered, along with the first reports of the emerging forces of the Blood Pact. Fortunately, the strength of the Mechanicus' war machines served them well by destroying and clearing these lethal defences, losing two Titans in the process, but ensuring that by the end of the first day the outer walls of the hive were in sight. To consolidate their lines of defence, the Segmentum Pacificus High Command had to make bitter decisions, sacrificing certain portions of Imperial space in order to enhance the Imperium's best chance to resist the Chaos onslaught. Warmaster Slaydo (KIA) Warmaster Macaroth Lord General Militant Hechtor Dravere (KIA) Lord Militant Cybon Lord Militant Vichres (KIA) Lord General Bulledin Lord General Lugo Lord General Barthol Van Voytz Lord General Urienz General Jater Elbeth (MIA) General Dilen Belfry General Andreas Carnhide Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt Admiral Kristor Admiral Shaever Vice Admiral Alber vander Trake (KIA) Saint Sabbat Despite the constant persuasion of Lords Militant Cybon and Dravere to alter their plans in regards to Balhaut, Slaydo refused to consider any alternative plans proposed by them. In this particular theatre, the commanders of the major vessels were willing to risk their fighters rather than their main vessels. The Warmaster was reported as being "struck mute with great admiration." Already, his enemies had shown signs of preparation on their part. The ground forces sustained a high number of casualties. The beloved Saint Sabbat Beati had been reborn on Herodor close to the end of 773, to the eternal glory of the Emperor of Mankind. Initially, the Imperial forces had achieved several victories in 770.M41, but by 771.M41 the entire offensive into the Cabal Systems came to a halt as the Crusade encountered not only stiff resistance, but hostile counter-strikes from Chaotic forces. Such a plan had been recommended by Doshen. After the death of Slaydo in 765, like many of his contemporaries, Carnhide found himself fallen out of favour with the new Warmaster. Several battles over lines of communication and supply would take place over the next two years. [1h], The peculiarities of fighting in a zone that had been infested by Chaos for a considerable length of time also served to slow Imperial progress. And I had no earthly idea what was going on. Orbital superiority was achieved inside 21 hours, and the Imperial forces landed on 9 separate areas of the planet, engaging Chaos forces swiftly and directly. The light support and tank destroyers continued to pick off the last of the Blood Pact's war engines as Doshen's main force advanced to assault the outer defences of Lyubovhive. Apart from the forces that had fled Balhaut, many more Archenemy forces that had been en route to reinforce the beleaguered forces of the archon diverted or withdrew when word reached them of the disastrous defeat. Precisely what happened there is unclear, but it appears that, with the Imperial forces under the command of General Lugo being heavily assaulted by a force led by Enok Innokenti himself, a young woman appeared who claimed to be the reincarnated Saint Sabbat. In the first month of 759.M41, delayed portions of General Elbeth's assault force finally arrived in-system and immediately deployed in support of the Astartes on the planet's surface. Fortunately, these weapons proved to not be durable as they were soon destroyed by the Guard's field batteries and their sustained heavy bombardments. Skara and a large contingent of his Kith followers managed to successfully escape the purging fires on Balhaut. Aware of the inherent dangers of remaining overstretched, Macaroth eventually decided to remain as he was, and in one last effort, to continue to fight on to take Morlond and the Cabal Systems. The world of Fornax Aleph was infested by these creatures of Chaos. The Sabbat Worlds Crusade is a reimagining of the original 2005 edition, vastly expanded into a definitive account of the campaign, from its tumultuous beginnings to the great victory detailed in the pages of the Gaunt’s Ghosts novel Anarch. Facing him were four Chaos armies, led by Nadzybar, Heritor Asphodel, Khul Kolesh and Sholen Skara. However, due to its exposure to the eternal threats of the outer dark along the galactic rim, control of the Sabbat Worlds was ever disputed with the forces of Chaos and various xenos. The assault on Formal Prime, however, proved to be the first substantive opposition for the new Warmaster and provided the Imperial forces their first taste of how bloody the crusade would become. After eighty hours of continuous fighting, Carnhide finally relented and called a halt, allowing the frontline forces to retire and be replaced. Warmaster Slaydo managed to live long enough to see the victory at Balhaut completed, although the pacification efforts would continue for a considerable amount of time. General Doshen redoubled his efforts on the northeastern front, bolstered by the news that the Blood Pact was not as invincible as their reputation suggested. The Sabbat Worlds Crusade was the Imperial effort to liberate the sector of the same name in the Segmentum Pacificus, began officially in 755.M41. He was far beyond any medical help as his grievous wounds appeared to be fatal. Encircling the city, it soon fell after a short siege. Though allegorical tales tell of how Bulledin met and slew Shebol in personal combat, many regard these tales as speculation and hearsay. These multiple assaults, the Warmaster hoped, would partition the Chaos forces and confuse their response and any immediate attempt on their part to develop and implement a counter-strategy. The Iron Snakes hunkered down and rode out the devastation, but the impact brought with it dire portents. They occupied the 'Transcontinental Nexus', a heavy populated zone where the bulk of the planet's hives and manufactorums lay. As the Imperial forces attempted to storm the western wall of the main hive a massive battle soon erupted. There were two factors that could hamper Imperial efforts to achieve total victory in the sector. There was no doubt, however, by 772 that Urlock Gaur was the new Archon of the Archenemy forces. Suffering large-scale losses, the Archenemy forces' advance eventually faltered. Within the occupied zones there were substantial cult armies and levies of forcibly conscripted citizens from the indigenous population that had been tainted by the touch of the warp. Humel had shown that through valor and determination the attack could be repulsed. Their primary objectives were the ancillary hives, with the fifth army severing communications with the main hive while the sixth army struck at Zevin and Zenic simultaneously. The Sabbat Worlds were comprised of over a hundred inhabited planets, covering a vast area of space; the Chaos forces that occupied them were legion in number, and had been fortifying their holdings for almost a century. Wie die meisten schriftlichen Werke zu diesem Thema stammt auch dieses aus der Feder von Dan Abnett. Despite these Imperial triumphs the war on Cociaminus ground down to a tediously slow pace. Exhibiting powers and abilities beyond the normal ken of average mortals, this Living Saint inspired the Imperial forces, stirring their resolve with her holy presence. He eventually went on to publish his own account of the action at Lyubov and retired from the Crusade and Imperial military service altogether. Its population had simply disappeared without a trace and without explanation. However, there were those who cautioned agai… Sverren was a key world strategically central to the region known as the Holy Visage, and was in the remit of Operation Newfound. In the third quarter of 773, two of Archon Gaur's Magisters, Innokenti and Sek, launched a two-pronged flank attack into the Khan Group that would be both murderous and catastrophic for the Crusade forces. The Imperial portrait titled The Death of Slaydo. Only sheer happenstance combined with successful unilateral actions eventually saved Imperial interests, rather than any sort of overall strategy. Date Appraising Warmaster Slaydo of the situation, Elbeth sent extensive reports on the strange occurrence. Principal assault of Lyubovhive was deemed unfeasible so long as these outer hives were still active. By the time a squad of Kasrkin specialists arrived to support the beleaguered fire teams, the squad leader believed he had spotted the rogue Etogaur. Though invaluable, the Mechanicus was an organisation that was prone to act autonomously, with a reluctance to be commanded by a Crusade general. With only Ankawanar Sek's forces still maintaining solid cohesion, the newly christened Crusade Second Front is beginning to power through its opposition and shore up the Crusade flank. Carnhide was deeply wounded by this criticism. [1g], Nevertheless, the road to the Crusade's next major watershed, the victory at Balhaut, was both longer and bloodier than Slaydo ever expected. Kelso's forces launch an armoured assault against the forces of the Archenemy. Balhaut had been Slaydo's prized objective since the crusade's inception. Warhammer Sabbat Worlds Crusade Map. They would then provide air cover for the fifth and sixth armies. Long-range orbital bombardment and carpet-bombing preceded the Titan landings. An in-depth background book about the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, the war-torn backdrop to the hit Gaunt's Ghosts novel series and a much-loved topic of our SF fans. The Warmaster elected to command the assault on the Oligarchy himself. [1i], The last major world taken in Operation Newfound, Cociaminus, would prove to be a long-standing irritant. Dividing his forces into six separate 'armies' the General also divided his commanders to lead their respective forces and carry out the various plans that each commander had recommended. Therefore, Macaroth ordered the Crusade to drive across two major system groups to the threshold of the Cabal Systems to achieve this bold new objective. Lord Militant Cybon even had the gall to berate Carnhide for allowing elements under his command "to do as they will," which of course was the tactical flexibility that had allowed Carnhide to claim the victory in the first place. His reasons for doing so are not clear; his critics have said that he is pushing members of the "old guard" aside to give his own favourites the chance to win glory; however it is equally possible that the Warmaster is anticipating another flanking attack of the kind that had such disastrous effect in the Cabal Systems and the Khan Group, and is sending his best subordinates to where they will do the most good. 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