Great Scouring

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In the Great Scouring the Imperium of Man blew up the foul traitor forces that were left over from the Horus Heresy, herding them into the Eye of Terror instead of finishing them off.

It is a period of the timeline that doesn't have a lot of fluff for it at the moment as little was known about it before the Horus Heresy series of books began and the writers are still working their way up the siege of terra at the moment. Hopefully once Dan Abnett has written the epic that is the Emperor bitch-blasting Horus into a million soul fragments we will see a lot of writing about this period of the history.

According to Cypher many of the "foul traitor forces" were members of the nine loyalist legions, leftover Horus sympathizers and other Chaos marines who were rooted out with extreme prejudice. Granted, this is part of a "the reason you all suck" speech about the Dark Angels, telling them if they had just admitted to the Fallen existing during the Great Scouring they wouldn't be stuck being "the Unforgiven" so many thousands of years later. So take it with a grain of salt

Timeline of Warhammer 40,000
The Times of Old Wars of Secession - War in Heaven (60.000.000 BC) - Fall of the Eldar (M30)
Pre-Heresy Age of Terra (M1-M15) - Dark Age of Technology (M15-M25) - Age of Strife (M25-M30)
Great Crusade (M31) The Last Church - Horus Heresy - Battle of Isstvan III - The Burning of Prospero
Drop Site Massacre - The Battle of Phall - Battle of Calth - Siege of Terra
Time of Rebirth (M31-M32) The Great Scouring (M31) - Start of The Long War (M31) - The Legion Wars (M31)
The Battle of Skalathrax (M31) - Creation of the Codex Astartes (M31) - Second Founding (021.M31)
The Forging (M32-M34) The War of The Beast (544.M32-546.M32)- The Beheading (546.M32)
Nova Terra Interregnum (M34-M36) 21st Founding (M36)
Age of Apostasy (M36-37) Plague of Unbelief (310.M36)
Age of Redemption (M37-M38) Abyssal Crusade (321.M37-121.M38)
The Waning (M40-M41) Gothic War (143-151.M41) - The Macharian Crusade (392-399.M41) - The Macharian Heresy (400-470.M41)
Wars for Armageddon (444.M41, 941.M41 and 991.M41) - Damocles Crusade (742.M41)
Time of Ending (M41) The Vaxi Atrocity ((731.M41) - First Tyrannic War (745-746.M41) - Massacre at Sanctuary 101 (897.M41)
Badab War (901-912.M41) - The Vaxhallian Genocide (926.M41) - Second Tyrannic War (990.M41-993.M41)
Third Tyrannic War (997.M41-999.M41) - 13th Black Crusade (999.M41-???)