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Iron Warrior Organization

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So I have previously listened to and read some HH stories like Angel Exterminatus featuring the Iron Warriors and I wondered about their organization.

I was previously aware of the Grand Companies from their 40k release. In the later HH stuff, they mention Grand Battalions, so it logically fit in the the Grand Battalions were formed of Grand Companies.

Now I am reading Storm of Iron and the Characters from AE which I first got to know commanding Grand Battalions now command Grand Companies.

The Iron Warriors are a pretty huge Legion, before and after the Heresy, but is this a result of casualties or reorganization? Folks get demoted?

What do you guys think?
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The IW still operate under "Grand Companies" but the actual sizes of these is inconsistent (kind of like Word Bearers Hosts or Alpha Legion Cells). Just think of them like better organized Warbands that still give a damn about the word of their primarch. Although there are actual "Warbands" that have broken from the IW (such as the Steel Brethren) and no longer consider themselves part of the Legion. Grand Companies however, though they dont always get along, still claim to be part of the Iron Warriors as a whole under Perturabo. Whereas Pre-Heresy a Warsmith was a Siege Captain of sorts, now that term is equivalent to any IW Chaos Lord and every Grand Company (no matter how large or small) will have 1 at the head.
So the Grand Battalions have kind of broken down (originally) to the more 40k-ish Grand Companies, whereas they were previously (more recently) organized into Grand Battalions for that more massive, epic pre-heresy feel?
Yeah pretty much. Pre-Heresy every Legion had a similar composition (Companies by many names) but only a few Traitor legions have retained some of their organization. IW and WB are some of the lucky few who still function as a whole when needed
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