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The Imperial Army, also known as the Imperial Forces or Imperial ground forces, was the land-based branch of the Galactic Empire's military. The stormtroopers, the Empire's elite shock troops were organized under the Stormtrooper Corps, which operated as part of the army.[7][8] It also depended on mechanized vehicles such as the bipedal All Terrain Scout Transport[9] and the heavier, quadrupedal All Terrain Armored Transport.[10]


The Imperial Army originated from the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic, and served as the Empire's ground forces for maintaining control of the countless worlds under the New Order.[11]


The Imperial Army had its own infantry, distinct from the stormtroopers. These troopers were made up of a mixture of conscripts and enlistees and used to garrison planets. They were generally less committed to remaining loyal to the Empire than the stormtroopers.[2]

The Imperial Army also had Imperial combat drivers who operated its vehicles. Imperial Army officers wore identical uniforms to their naval counterparts, however when on the field they would sometimes wear a field grey chestplate similar in design to those worn by snowtroopers. They would also wear helmets similar to those worn by AT-ST drivers.[11]



The Imperial Forces on Endor



The AT-ST Mark III was an Imperial walker.





The Imperial Army also maintained numerous TIE fighters for combat use in planetary atmospheres. As a result, TIE fighter pilots in the Imperial Army were nicknamed ground-hogs unlike their Imperial Navy counterpart, the vac-heads. Since vac-heads maintained better public recognition through the HoloNet News, a bitter rivalry existed between the two branches, with each having their own anthem and bars at Imperial flight bases in order to avoid conflict. However the Bright Jewel Oversector Flight Base did not separate its bar between the branches, in one instance resulting in members of Nashtah Squadron to provoke other members of the Imperial Navy by singing the Ground-hog anthem.[15]


Imperial Army poster

A propaganda poster for the Imperial Army.

Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Tarkin
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lords of the Sith
  3. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  6. Before the Awakening
  7. 7.0 7.1 Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  9. Encyclopedia-Logo AT-ST walker in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  10. Encyclopedia-Logo AT-AT walker in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 Star Wars: Commander
  13. StarWars-DatabankII Stormtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Planets of Star Wars Battlefront. (November 5, 2015). Retrieved on November 5, 2015.
  15. 15.0 15.1 SWInsider "Last Call at the Zero Angle"—Star Wars Insider 156
  16. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  17. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  18. StarWars-DatabankII Snowtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  19. StarWars-DatabankII Sandtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  21. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  22. Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes
  23. 23.0 23.1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  24. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Breaking Ranks"
  25. Darth Vader 8: Shadows and Secrets, Part II
  26. *SWInsider "Blade Squadron: Kuat"—Star Wars Insider 168
  27. Star Wars 2: Skywalker Strikes, Part II
  28. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
  29. Shattered Empire, Part III
  30. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Hera's Heroes"
  31. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  32. Star Wars 3: Skywalker Strikes, Part III
  33. Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
  34. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
  35. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Occupation"
  36. Battlefront: Twilight Company

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