Plegmund's Brigade was a Forthwegian unit in the Algarvian Army which served against Unkerlant during the Derlavaian War. The brigade was named after King Plegmund the Great, the most admired ruler in Forthweg's history (and conversely, one of the most hated in Unkerlant), to increase the unit's appeal to Forthwegians. This tactic had little success, as members of Plegmund's Brigade were despised as traitors by most Forthwegians. As a result, nearly all of the unit's members were rogues or hardened criminals such as Ceorl, men who volunteered as an alternative to imprisonment or execution. Others like Sidroc saw the Brigade as a means of escaping domestic problems.
Established in the third year of the war, the Brigade was first deployed against the pro-Swemmel resistance movement in the Duchy of Grelz. Though at first many Algarvians scorned the Brigade as being a unit of inferior soldiers, the Forthwegians proved to be capable and ruthless soldiers, and after the Unkerlanter victory at Sulingen Plegmund's Brigade was redeployed to the front lines.
Plegmund's Brigade fought at the Battle of Durrwangen, then spent the rest of the war fighting on Algarve's southern front. Along with its Algarvian masters, the Brigade was driven eastward across Grelz, Yanina, southern Algarve, and finally into Trapani itself. The last battle of the war saw the remnants of the Brigade killed or captured by the victorious Unkerlanters, with the surviving prisoners being dispatched to Unkerlant as slave labor.
The soldiers of Plegmund's Brigade proved to be tough fighters, and (largely by necessity) loyal to Algarve's doomed cause that they had enlisted for. Being largely of criminal stock, however, the Brigade's soldiers also proved to be some of the most brutal of the war, engaging in mass slaughters of Unkerlanter or Yaninan villagers, or gang-raping young women on the rare occasions when such were found.
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As a World War II analog, Plegmund's Brigade is based on the Charlemagne Division and other non-German units of the Waffen-SS. Both forces were made up of foreign individuals from occupied countries who fought hard in a lost cause, and earned reputations for atrocities.