From traitors to zealots, the Death Korps are a fan favorite Imperial Regiment. But what are their real world origins?
When you think of the Imperial Guard, the first three regiments that probably come to mind are the Cadians, the Catachans, and the Death Korps of Kreig. With the new Kill Team box coming out pitting them against a force of Kommandos, Krieg is seeing a bit of a renaissance in the 40k universe, and hopefully they'll see a larger release in the near future. But who are these gas-masked trench fighters, and what real world armies gave them their iconic look?
The 40K Lore
Kreig was at one time a prosperous world in the Segmentum Tempestus, boasting a robust manufacturing economy and billions of citizens under the control of a council of autocrats. However, as time went on, the autocrats grew debaucherous on the backs of their profits, and began to become jealous of their wealth and suspicious of outside influence. Before long, this translated to a mistrust of the Administratum of Terra, seeing them as usurpers trying to meddle in a planet that they viewed as their own. As a result, the High Autocrat declared himself independent from Imperial Rule, renounced the Emperor, and set up Kreig as an independent planet. Of course there were loyalists on the planet, and a terrible civil war ravaged the world for many years until a surviving commander decided if ...