From a manuscript discovered in the depths of the Scriptorum, The Emperor's Palace, Terra.
To: His Excellency, The High Inquisitor Josephes T'Resque
From: Yacobe Scrivenius
Please find here another set of data faxes showing images of 4th Company Marines of the Dead Men Space Marines Chapter. These particular images were captured during the aftermath of the second 'Stealer war, and show a squad of marines clearing a ruined settlement on Geminion Secundus.
In the wake of the second, or 'Great' 'Stealer war, as it is sometimes known, a great deal of 'mopping up' was required, especially in the ancient ruins and abandoned settlements which the broken remnants of the Genestealer Cults and their despicable allies favoured as refuges. Here our squad reassembles after having successfully reconnoitered the ruined facility. Follow-on forces can be seen moving in behind them.
During the initial advance a missile launcher armed marine and his battle brother over-watch their brethren. Again we see here the stylized skull motif favoured by many Dead Men painted roughly on one marine's helmet.
Another view of the missile launcher armed marine. The shoulder scroll bearing the motto 'Mort' clearly identifies him as a Marine of the fourth company.
Armed with a trusty plasma gun, a senior battle brother scans his sector, covering his brothers' advance...
Another data image featuring the plasma gunner and the 'corporal'. Note the 'iron knuckles' worn on the corporal's left hand, held in an even greater readiness than the bolt gun, as if they are the Marine's preferred weapon. It was men like this who won the Second 'Stealer war.
Interesting image of another battle brother advancing to his next position. Note the bolt pistol held in readiness in addition to the bolt gun.
The Squad Leader. Note that he wears no obvious recognized mark of rank, as seems to be so typical with the Dead Men. Alone amoung his squad, however, he does wear a skull marking, barely discernible in this photo, above the 'Mort' scroll on his right shoulder. Such devices often denote leaders amoung the Dead Men, although there seems to be no clearly defined ranking system.
The final photo in this sequence, showing the battle group reassembling in preparation for their follow-on mission. Visible are two tactical squads, two chaplains, two librarians, a dreadnought, a robot and two tech marines. Small but formidable groups like this were often primary maneuver elements in fighting the 'micro scale' combats of the Genestealer wars, where enemy forces were typically dispersed over wide areas and used rugged terrain or the local populations to secret themselves. I am currently assembling more information on the historical background, customs and beliefs of the Dead Men Space Marines for you, I would have included some of it here, but my electro-stylus is giving trouble, so I will include it with my next chapter, which will touch upon the Terminator squads of the Dead Men Chapter.