Formerly the planetry governor's household guard, the 2nd Inf Regt was expanded in the reforms that General Horpan carried out when he returned to his home planet. It's Battalions were spread across 1 Benq Div's Brigade Combat Teams.
Like some other Devos IV PDF units, the 2nd believes that it can trace an unbroken lineage to the Ad Mech auxillia of Devos IV's ancient history. The regiment used to have a number of robots and servitors. These may well have been 800 years old and were really of questionable military value, demanding huge resources for relatively low availability. They were phased out as a part of the reforms.
One thing that has survived is that some squads throughout the regiment are armed with the fabled RTB01 pattern bolt guns. Phenominally over complex as the ammunition feed runs from the magazine back down the receiver to the firing chamber. The sop to 2nd Regt for the loss of the mecha is their elite status amongst the PDF, providing an honour guard for the governor whenever one is required. Indeed, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of 1 Div is called "The Patriots".
The Regiment has been torn apart by the rebellion; 17 Korps has 2nd Regt on its books as a part of 902rd Inf Div, along with the other units present on Devos IV at the start of the rebellion; the Cadian 144th LRRR and the Preatorian 5th. How many of each of these units is actually left (indeed, how many remain within the emperor's light and how many, if any, are now a part of the rebellion) will surely have an impact.
Thanks to Mr Lee for the updated paint job.
Also, in other news, my Dreamforge kickstarter thingy is all done and I should get the first bits before Chrimbo. And then some more in March and the final lot in May next year. Although the whole lot will be embargoed by HMRC. Such is the way of things.