Colonel "Death" Strike is the famed commander of the 183rd regiment of Catachan Jungle Fighters. He earned his nickname whilst still only a squad Sergeant, fighting against insurgents on the forest world of Burlion VIII. The Colonel's enemies say that fighting against Strike and his men can mean only one thing - certain death, indeed the Colonel himself statistically rivals a Deathstrike Missile in sheer lethality. During the events of the Pandorax Incursion, the Colonel and his men protected the world of Pandorax from the assault of the Black Legion and their allies. Led by Strike, the regiment successfully managed to survive against the forces of Chaos, using their renowned jungle and city fighting skills to achieve victory.
The 183rd regiment was en route to the Maelstrom war zone when catastrophic engine failure on their transport craft resulted in them crash landing on the Death World of Pythos, just before Abaddon’s invasion began. Dark Angels Commander Azrael later announced that were it not for Colonel Strike, Pythos would have been completely overrun, this personal commendation by the Dark Angels Chapter cemented Colonel Strike's image as a hero of the Imperium.
Strike and his regiment are still present on Pythos, which now receives a constant supply of fresh reinforcements from other Imperial Guard regiments. Whilst martial bonding practices are considered to be a positive, headstrong guardsmen have attempted to arm wrestle the Colonel on several occasions, resulting in the practice being banned due to the strain placed on medical staff (in less extreme cases) and a lack of cybernetic limb replacements (in more severe cases).
- Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition Rulebook (E-Book) - The Pandorax Incursion
- The Regimental Standard: Welcome to Pythos