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"Did you find Kenobi?"
"Sir… No one could have survived that fall."
―CC-2224 and a clone paratrooper[src]

Clone paratroopers were specialized clone troopers trained for airborne operations in the Grand Army of the Republic. In the waning days of the Clone Wars, the paratroopers of the 212th Attack Battalion served as front line assault units in the Battle of Utapau. Following a failed attempt to execute Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi as a result of Order 66, Clone Commander 2224 ordered a group of paratroopers to search for the missing body of their former general. The troopers failed as Kenobi survived and escaped from the planet.

HistoryEdit

In 19 BBY, approximately three years after the start of the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order launched a military invasion of Utapau as part of the Outer Rim Sieges. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was chosen by his colleagues on the Jedi High Council to lead the campaign. As a result, the 212th Attack Battalion was deployed to the Separatist-occupied planet along with a division of clone paratroopers. The fight between Jedi General Kenobi's battalion and General Grievous' droid army commenced with a direct assault by standard troopers[3] while the paratroopers descended from the LAAT/i gunships to the front lines of the battle.[4]

The fighting continued after the destruction of Grievous as both regular troopers and paratroopers fought the battle droids for control of Pau City. When Kenobi attempted to lead the battalion in clearing the city's upper levels of the remaining droid forces, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine issued Order 66 to the Grand Army of the Republic, causing the clone soldiers to become hostile towards their Jedi officers. Following an attempt to eliminate Kenobi, the paratroopers were tasked by their commander, CC-2224, to find for the general's body. Their search failed to produce any evidence of Kenobi's death, although one paratrooper was convinced that the Jedi Master perished when he fell into the sinkhole of Pau City. The trooper was wrong, however. Kenobi survived the fall and escaped from Utapau using the late Grievous' starfighter.[3]

EquipmentEdit

Clone paratroopers wore a modified version of the Phase II clone trooper armor, that featured a kama and a unique, circular helmet.[4] They were also equipped with jetpacks in order to ensure a quick, but safe, descent onto battlefields below.[3]

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